Category Archives: Military Personnel

Navy Must Retain 80 Percent of First-Term Sailors Annually to Grow Fleet

Navy Must Retain 80 Percent of First-Term Sailors Annually to Grow Fleet

Cmdr. Pavao Huldisch, head of the Air department aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), addresses sailors on the flight deck during a department quarters on Nov. 23, 2018. US Navy Photo

This post was updated with additional re-enlistment information.

The Navy needs to retain for the foreseeable future close to 80 percent of its first-term sailors reaching the end of their initial enlistment contracts if it hopes to meet staffing requirements of its growing fleet, the service’s personnel chief told lawmakers on Thursday.

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Merz: Navy Nearly Out of Readiness Pit; Future Budgets Will Balance Readiness, Size, Capability

Merz: Navy Nearly Out of Readiness Pit; Future Budgets Will Balance Readiness, Size, Capability

Vice Adm. William Merz, middle, deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems, is greeted by Capt. John Cummings, right, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), after being rung aboard for an official visit on April 22, 2019. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy believes it is almost out of the readiness hole it found itself in over the last few years, and budget requests going forward will be marked by an attempt to balance readiness, capability and capacity. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 13, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 13, 2019

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of May 13, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More

UPDATED: Marine Killed in Light Armored Vehicle Rollover Identified

UPDATED: Marine Killed in Light Armored Vehicle Rollover Identified

U.S. Marines with 1st, 3rd and 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalions participate in the Bushmaster Challenge at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., on March 23, 2019. US Marine Corps

This post has been updated with the identity of the Marine who was killed in the rollover.

The Marine Corps is looking into what caused the fatal rollover of a light armored vehicle on Thursday at Camp Pendleton, Calif., that left one Marine dead and injured six others. Read More

White House: Patrick Shanahan Will be Nominated to Become SECDEF

White House: Patrick Shanahan Will be Nominated to Become SECDEF

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan meets with Colombian Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on May 7, 2019. DoD Photo

This post was updated to include a Tweet from Patrick Shanahan about his nomination.

Former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan will be nominated by President Donald J. Trump on Thursday to become the permanent secretary of defense, a position he’s held on an acting basis since the start of the year. Read More

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 6, 2019

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 6, 2019

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of May 5, 2019, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship. Read More