This is the first in a series of blog posts by Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, the Honorable Juan M. Garcia, to provide more detail about the Navy’s 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative.
As the secretary mentioned, the overarching objective of the initiative is, after a decade of combat, to build Sailor and Marine resiliency and hone the most combat effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy. The department’s most important assets are its people and the initiative is about personal readiness and how we must preserve the skill and talent Sailors and Marines bring to the fight.
Today’s Sailor faces the challenges of a global mission and meets them head on. The intent of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative is to ensure Sailors and their families are equipped to meet both the physical and mental challenges of this demanding calling. Furthermore, the initiative supports the development of our Sailors and families through a variety of programs aimed at fostering a healthy lifestyle both on and off duty.
In the coming days, Secretary Garcia will discuss in detail the five areas of 21st Century Sailor and Marine: Readiness, Safety, Physical Fitness, Inclusion and Continuum of Service.