Tag Archives: Vice Adm. John Nowell

Navy Retools COVID Rules for Ships After 6 Months of Practice

Navy Retools COVID Rules for Ships After 6 Months of Practice

Chief Quartermaster David Weathers from Hines, Ore., assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), stands watch in the pilothouse during a replenishment-at-sea on Sept. 29, 2020. US Navy Photo

The Navy released the third iteration of its guidance on how to continue operating a global navy in the midst of a global pandemic. Read More

Pentagon ‘Very Concerned’ With Military Suicide Trends; Effect of Pandemic on 2020 Rates Unclear

Pentagon ‘Very Concerned’ With Military Suicide Trends; Effect of Pandemic on 2020 Rates Unclear

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) sing the Navy Hymn during a memorial service for Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Robert “Bobby” John Bartulewicz III on July 14, 2019. US Navy Photo

Pentagon leaders are expressing new concern regarding the rate of suicide in active-duty service members, as the Department of Defense has seen a steady rise in cases over the last five years. Read More

Nowell: Navy Wants Diverse Recruits In All Career Fields to Lead to More Diverse Leadership

Nowell: Navy Wants Diverse Recruits In All Career Fields to Lead to More Diverse Leadership

Sailors assigned to the command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) salute while manning the rails as the ship gets underway from Gaeta, Italy, on May 18, 2020. US Navy Photo

The chief of naval personnel said the Navy is looking at not only how much diversity is coming in the front door during recruiting but also what career fields those sailors from underrepresented groups are choosing – with concerns that women and minorities are ending up in communities with few or no opportunities to rise through the ranks to flag officer. Read More

Navy Physical Fitness Assessments to Resume in January

Navy Physical Fitness Assessments to Resume in January

Chief Navy Career Counselor Vladimir Ariasmartinez motivates recruits as they perform the 1.5-mile run portion of their final physical fitness assessment inside Freedom Hall at Recruit Training Command. US Navy Photo

The Navy plans to start conducting its physical fitness assessments (PFA) again next year after canceling the last two rounds of evaluations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the chief of naval personnel. Read More

Navy Creates 'Task Force One Navy' to Address Implicit Bias, Systemic Racism in the Ranks

Navy Creates ‘Task Force One Navy’ to Address Implicit Bias, Systemic Racism in the Ranks

Recruits from Division 304 prepare to march Sept. 14, 2017 at Recruit Training Command. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy’s enlisted corps is 20 percent black – higher than the representation in the U.S. population of 13 percent. But black personnel make up just 8 to 9 percent of the service’s officer corps, and that is one of the many reasons the service established Task Force One Navy, its latest effort to address racism, sexism and other biases, according to Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John Nowell. Read More

Navy Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes Eyeing National Guard Base for COVID Quarantine

Navy Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes Eyeing National Guard Base for COVID Quarantine

Hospitalman Recruit Yavir Berrios-Santiago, assigned to Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, collects a nasal swab from a Naval Station Great Lakes Recruit Training Command employee during drive-through COVID-19 screening at Lovell FHCC in North Chicago, Ill., on June 5, 2020. Recruit division commanders (RDCs) and other RTC staff are tested regularly to help control the spread of COVID-19 in the recruit population. FHCC offers drive-through testing to make the process as easy as possible for its RTC patient population. US Navy photo.

The Navy is in talks with the National Guard to rent space to quarantine recruits before they attend basic training, according to service officials. Read More

Navy Continues 2 Weeks Off-Base Isolation for All New Recruits

Navy Continues 2 Weeks Off-Base Isolation for All New Recruits

Recruits march in formation at Recruit Training Command. More than 35,000 recruits train annually at the Navy’s only boot camp. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Jennifer Newsome)

The Navy is extending indefinitely its practice of isolating all 750 recruits arriving weekly for boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes for two weeks at off-base hotels and a closed water park.

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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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