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Sailors stand in formation during a 9/11 Remembrance ceremony rehearsal aboard the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Walter M. Wayman/Released)

DoD’s Personnel Overhaul and What it Means for the Navy

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

The Department of Defense is pursuing a major reform to the existing personnel system and its policies.

Many of the personnel initiatives that the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations and Chief of Naval Personnel have been implementing and are working toward are already aligned with what the DoD is developing.

Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Brad Carson, spoke on the Weekly Wire Rundown to discuss the DoD’s “personnel overhaul” and what it means for the Navy.

Why is the DoD initiating a personnel system reform?

The question for all of us is whether we have the force we need for the future, and that’s what Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter asked me to look at. How are we going to redesign the personnel system for the 21st Century?

There is a growing consensus among the Navy and the other services that we need to rejuvenate some of these processes if we are going to meet the needs of the younger people who are coming in, to make sure that we keep women in and to make sure we have the adequate diversity across the force. This enables us to keep the best asset our military has, which is the people.

How is this DoD personnel reform linked to the Navy’s recent personnel policy changes?

he Navy is a leader in this; what the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations and Chief of Naval Personnel have talked about are exactly the things we are trying to do across the force. But, sometimes the Navy is hamstrung by legislative proposals that keep the Navy from doing all that it wants to do.

What we’re trying to do is end some of these restrictions.

This initiative is frequently called an “overhaul” is that accurate and what goes into that?

It is an overhaul, because we have a personnel system that is based on the 20th Century—the Industrial Era. New people coming into the force want a more flexible system.

They want a personnel system that recognizes that everyone across the force has unique talents, and they want a job that closely aligns to them. They want the chance to raise a family. They want to stay in certain stations longer than previously allowed. They want the chance to go to graduate school. They want their promotions to be based on merit and not time in grade.

We’re trying to change all those things, and for the military, that brings a revolution in human capital.

What changes can Sailors serving today expect to see during their career?


They will see big changes. They’re going to be able to go to the Reserve component for awhile if they like—perhaps to continue their education, raise their family or purse a civilian career—and then come back into the active component.

They won’t have to wait in line for a promotion. Instead, it will be based on what competencies they acquire.

They’ll have the chance to have a career path that is uniquely tailored to them and doesn’t try to fit them into a one-size-fits-all personnel system.  

To stay current on Navy personnel policy news, look for more episodes of the Weekly Wire Rundown on the Navy’s Facebook Page and Twitter @USNPeople.



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  1. BrRobertNapolitanoSchwehr

    Great news we have waited years for these reforms!

  2. Why all the changes? Wait long enough and Obama will disappear the Navy – Navy Vet 1973-1979

  3. advancement on merit is fine. but you still need to put in the time. Navy Vet, 76-82 84-86 PO1

  4. I guess there are no vestiges of the Navy I was in, 1973-1993.
    My first ID card still had the Geneva Convention statement on it,

  5. Don’t let Obama destroy the Navy. Because he will if he gets the chance.

  6. Don’t agree with anything he proposed. Those on “leave” to get an education or raise a family may be the ones with the skill sets needed in a moments notice…will they still have the skill competency when needed? What about wanting to make the Navy a career? How is that affected?

  7. Advancement on merit? And who decides what actions are worth that merit? The supervisor you pissed off last year? The other supervisor who doesn’t even know your name? This will be a circle jerk like giving out NAMs in the Navy. Loudest chief yelling always got “his boys” the most awards…so if you get stuck with a timid supervisor, get ready to get jack crap come “merit ranking” time. Would be nice if the evaluations were more than “sign your name here” and congrats on doing 51% of your work so you can retain your job.

  8. Matthew Schroebel

    Gobbledygook for cutting the size of the fleet and faking layoffs with leave. Look, if you want to reduce the number of folks in the Navy, that’s fine. Say it straight forward.

  9. Advancement on merit seems almost impossible, there are too many ego factors with various people. Often the hardest working are not the “coffee drinker” and hang around and socialize. To be recognized by those on the boards often it is someone who knows the person, so the quiet ones are often overlooked in my opinion.
    Also, how discouraging for young enlisted to have their blood donation count towards merit and promotion when many have lived overseas and are excluded from donating blood. Blood donation should not count towards promotion, period.

  10. well, taking time out for some may make sense, or go to school and come back.

  11. I’m sorry, but this smells like a dumbed down version of “everybody wins”, and that was dumb enough. If you want radio operators passing “LMAO” over the net, Scope Dopes who use hair bands and nail files as parallels, and Lookouts to report Datum as “it looked like a whale with a thingy pointing out of its back” and “it went that way underwater really fast”… Certainly not representative of the “Worlds Finest Navy”.

  12. Hell they can’t even keep up with the current advancements based on time in a grade..how the hell will they keep up with the Merit way of doing things. My sailor advanced to E2 in A school then was in for over a year and was suppose to advance automatically to E3 in 9 months…well get this…they didn’t have record of him advancing to E2 in A school so I had to send him his Certificate of Advancement to prove it!!! Not Impressed

  13. Republicans to the rescue

    Sounds to me like the Navy gets it..Send the people that have leadership potential on to school and the ones that are just there to fill a spot get rid of… sounds like the real world…

  14. You’ll have to get rid of the right some have had of writing their own evals and awards because higher up are too lazy to do so. You’ll need to make it more fair and leave out certain awards like the NAMS for just special groups. One service one sailor. Will need caps on some of that since ass kissers of certain departments and certain individuals will likely get special treatment than others. I mean your all ready talking of a fleet of individuals that believe all caps means someone is yelling at you. How damn dumb can you be? Oh and 18 weeks off after having a baby. Sign that individual out. They are not serious about the safety or concerning themselves with their other shipmates. That would be more work on their shipmates. I wouldn’t depend on them to clean a head correctly.

  15. I don’t make a habit of commenting on stories posted on any website but I’ll make an exception in regards to this one because I’m a bit bewildered by the random nonsensical Obama bashing. As a current active duty member of the Navy I’m saddened and embarrassed at the amount of former sailors, (or those claiming to be former sailors) that really have no clue about what’s going on in todays Navy but just use the comment section to blindly and without base bash the president. I get trolling but really this isn’t the place, some of the comments make me wish this site was CAC enabled so at least some of the trash could be filtered out. As for the personnel changes taking place in the Navy I’m takeing a wait and see approach before I cast my judgment.


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