August 8, 2017
Military.com: by Hope Hodge Seck
The Navy has too many chiefs in shore-based jobs, so it’s shipping more than a thousand of its senior enlisted sailors to sea and to operational units in a significant personnel shake-up.
Navy leaders announced Monday that a new policy will move sailors in the ranks of chief, senior chief, and master chief petty officer from overmanned shore-based ratings to leaner operational units over the next several months.
“Our number one priority is to keep the Fleet properly manned,” Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke said in a statement. “We are aggressively using all force shaping levels to do just that.”
In all, 25 ratings are overmanned with senior enlisted sailors, officials with the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel said.
These include the following:
- Fire Controlman
- Cryptologic Technician, Collection
- Machinist’s Mate (Surface Warfare)
- Aviation Electrician’s Mate
- Aviation Electronics Technician
- Aviation Machinist’s Mate
- Hospital Corpsman
- Aviation Structural Mechanics
- Electronics Technician (Surface Warfare)
- Boatswain’s Mate
- Gunner’s Mate
- Naval Air Crewman Operator
- Personnel Specialist
- Electrician’s Mate Nuclear (Surface Warfare)
- Electronics Technician Nuclear Power
- Information Systems Technician, Submarines
- Logistics Specialist (Subsurface)
- Yeoman (Subsurface)
- Machinist’s Mate Nuclear
- Culinary Specialist (Subsurface)
- Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (Eastern Europe)
- Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (Latin/South America)
Within these ratings, the Navy expects more than 1,100 senior sailors may be moved to operational units.
The overmanning, officials said, has largely resulted from “strict adherence” to rules governing sea-shore-flow and sea-shore rotation, or the ratio of time a sailor spends stateside versus deployed.
Within the ratings, chiefs eligible for reassignment under the new policy include those assigned to an unfunded billet, assigned in excess of authorized supervisor billets, or filling a billet with a lower paygrade.
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