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Tough Military Recruiting Environment is About More than Low Unemployment, Experts Say

Tough Military Recruiting Environment is About More than Low Unemployment, Experts Say

Recruits with the 64th Annual Recruit Cardinal Division stand at attention during a pass-in-review graduation ceremony inside Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command, Nov. 4, 2022. US Navy Photo

This story has been updated to correct the name of Shannon Razsadin’s organization.

When it comes to military recruiting, economist Beth Asch is an optimist. Asch has been studying military recruiting for almost 40 years, during which she has seen good recruiting years and bad ones. Read More

New Navy Senior Enlisted Marketplace Seeks to Realign Promotion System

New Navy Senior Enlisted Marketplace Seeks to Realign Promotion System

Nine newly Chief Petty Officers sing anchors away during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) in the Philippine Sea on Oct. 21, 2022. US Navy Photo

This story has been updated to correct that the screening board creates the list of eligible E-8 sailors.

Senior enlisted sailors will now advance to new positions through a billet-based promotion system, the Navy announced Tuesday. Read More

Navy Needs to Fill About 9,000 At-Sea Billets in More than a Dozen Ratings, Says Personnel Command

Navy Needs to Fill About 9,000 At-Sea Billets in More than a Dozen Ratings, Says Personnel Command

Navy Quartermaster 3rd Class Hailey Pardo, from Kahului, Hawaii, shoots sunlines with a sextant aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) on Oct. 8, 2022. US Navy Photo

The number of at-sea billets the Navy needs to fill continues to grow as the service works to incentivize sailors to take the jobs, according to the latest numbers from the Navy Personnel Command. Read More

Navy Boosts New Sailor Goal by 3,400 to Meet Demand in Tough Recruiting Environment

Navy Boosts New Sailor Goal by 3,400 to Meet Demand in Tough Recruiting Environment

Recruits hold on to their covers before marching into Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes on March 18, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Navy is boosting its recruiting goal by 3,400 sailors to meet its Fiscal Year 2023 end strength requirement despite an increasingly difficult recruiting environment, service officials told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

Navy Rolls Out Retention Programs for Submarine Commanders, Senior Enlisted Sailors

Navy Rolls Out Retention Programs for Submarine Commanders, Senior Enlisted Sailors

Tugboats guide USS Minnesota (SSN-783) to the pier as the Virginia-class nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine returns to Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., in 2021. US Navy Photo

This story has been updated to reflect a clarification in the officers eligible for the bonus.

A new Navy program will offer $20,000 per year to members of the submarine community in a bid to increase retention. Read More

Navy Predicts Challenging Future Recruiting Environment, On Target to Hit Retention Goals

Navy Predicts Challenging Future Recruiting Environment, On Target to Hit Retention Goals

Sailors assigned to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) prepare to re-attach the starboard anchor chain following the completion of preventive maintenance on March 30, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s latest budget proposal will cut more than a thousand sailors from the sea service, a reflection of a difficult recruiting environment that defense officials predict will only get worse. Read More

Coast Guard Weathering Cutter Production Delays as More Coasties Head to Sea

Coast Guard Weathering Cutter Production Delays as More Coasties Head to Sea

Adm. Karl Schultz, the commandant of the Coast Guard, speaks to attendees at the 2022 West conference in San Diego, Feb. 18, 2022. US Coast Guard Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The top Coast Guard officer remains optimistic at the pace of expanding the fleet of cutters despite delays in design and construction that have pushed back the expected delivery date of the first new polar icebreaker. Read More