Tag Archives: Vice Adm. John Nowell

COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts Allowing Navy To Increase New Recruit Training Class Sizes

COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts Allowing Navy To Increase New Recruit Training Class Sizes

The Navy’s newest Sailors congratulate each other with elbow-bumps to minimize contact after a capping ceremony, marking their transition from recruit to Sailor, at Recruit Training Command. The Sailors recently completed “Battle Stations,” the crucible event that recruits must pass prior to graduation, testing their knowledge and skills in basic seamanship, watchstanding, damage control, firefighting and emergency response procedures. More than 35,000 recruits train annually at the Navy’s only boot camp. US Navy Photo

The Navy is confident its COVID-19 mitigation efforts are working well enough to increase the number of recruits arriving at boot camp to 750 per week.

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Navy Extends High-Year Tenure Waiver For Enlisted Sailors With Critical Skills

Navy Extends High-Year Tenure Waiver For Enlisted Sailors With Critical Skills

Sailors stand watch in the Fleet Operations Center at the headquarters of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F). Navy Photo

As the Navy tries ensuring COVID-19-related restrictions don’t hollow out the force, active-duty enlisted sailors with vital skills can now delay their high-year tenure separations for up to 24 months and sailors can reenlist up to a year before their contracts end.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Pushing Navy to 100 Percent Virtual Recruiting

COVID-19 Pandemic Pushing Navy to 100 Percent Virtual Recruiting

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (March 13, 2020) Lt. Rob Slye reviews available jobs in the Personalized Recruiting for Immediate and Delayed Enlistment (PRIDE) office. Navy photo

Naval operations might be slowed because of the Department of Defense’s work trying to stop the spread of COVID-19, but the service’s need for new sailors hasn’t abated. Read More

Navy Offering Delayed Retirements, Separations to Help Maintain Readiness During Pandemic

Navy Offering Delayed Retirements, Separations to Help Maintain Readiness During Pandemic

Cmdr. Samuel Young and his flagmen conduct a passing of the flag ceremony for his retirement. Cmdr. Young is retiring as the Future Operations Officer for Carrier Strike Group Two. Navy Photo

To maintain fleet readiness during COVID-19-related training and movement restrictions, Navy officials are allowing officers and enlisted sailors to delay pending retirements and separations for up to a year. At the same time, the service is also welcoming back to active duty recently departed personnel.

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Navy Eases Grooming Standards Over Coronavirus Concerns; Selection Boards, Graduation Ceremonies Suspended Indefinitely

Navy Eases Grooming Standards Over Coronavirus Concerns; Selection Boards, Graduation Ceremonies Suspended Indefinitely

Ship’s Serviceman Seaman Nicholas Hall, left, from West Helena, Ark., cuts the hair of Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Shawn Nelson, from St. Joseph, Mich., in the barbershop aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Red Sea on April 18, 2019. US Navy Photo

The Navy is relaxing grooming standards as the service tries to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
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Navy Wants Small Bump in End Strength; Marines Shrink Slightly

Navy Wants Small Bump in End Strength; Marines Shrink Slightly

Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) embark the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3). Navy photo

The Navy is asking for a modest increase in force size for Fiscal Year 2021 while the Marine Corps is asking for a small reduction, according to the Department of the Navy’s budget request. Read More

Navy Maintains Increased Meritorious Advancement Quotas for Petty Officer First Class

Navy Maintains Increased Meritorious Advancement Quotas for Petty Officer First Class

Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet and commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, frocks Operations Specialist 2nd Class Zabribna Weddle to 1st Class Petty Officer under the Navy’s meritorious advancement program at Naval Support Activity Naples, Nov. 22, 2019. Navy photo

This post was updated with additional information about the Navy’s Advancement-to-Position program and Meritorious Advancement Program.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has a finite amount of money for retaining experienced enlisted sailors, so to ensure proper ship staffing, the service is increasing the number of meritorious promotions to petty officer first class.

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Navy Hits 2019 Enlisted Sailor Retention Targets

Navy Hits 2019 Enlisted Sailor Retention Targets

Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Samantha Geesling, right, from El Paso, Texas, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN-78) engineering department, recites the oath of enlistment administered by Lt. Rodney Curry, Ford’s repair officer, in one of Ford’s damage control repair stations. US Navy photo

The Navy hit its 2019 retention goals for early and mid-career sailors, in large part because of what the top enlisted sailor at Naval Personnel Command called a culture shift. Read More