By MC2 Jeff Troutman, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Hawaii
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Bill Moran, conducted an all-hands call with Sailors and personnel stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to discuss how the Navy’s personnel policies are affecting Sailors serving in the Pacific region, Jan. 14.
Moran’s weeklong tour of the Pacific region also included stops in San Diego and Japan, where he and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo had the opportunity to visit with Sailors stationed at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka for the first time.
“Fleet Master Chief Beldo and I are absolutely thrilled to be in Hawaii engaging with those of you stationed here,” Moran told the audience. “Make no mistake; we’re not here to lecture you about Navy policy and procedures. We’re here to listen to you and address any questions or concerns you may have, and then take your input back to Washington, D.C., to see how we can implement them and make our Navy better for everyone.”
Moran informed those in attendance about upcoming major changes within the Navy’s policies concerning the biannual Physical Fitness Test, the newly implemented Meritorious Advancement Program and the Billet Based Detailing program that will assist Sailors in finding the right fit for their next duty assignment.
“The Navy has never been more manned and ready in my 34 years of service than it is right now,” said Moran. “Our goal is to make sure our Sailors are fit and healthy, and that the right Sailors are being advanced and assigned to the billets where they can most succeed.”
“In today’s Navy, we are competing with corporate America, in that we want the best of the best working for us also,” added Beldo. “Our focus is on how can we, as an organization, can give every Sailor who walks into a recruiting office an opportunity to succeed. One of our goals is for every individual who considers enlisting in the U.S. Navy to know that the opportunity exists for them to succeed within our organization.”
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