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Navy To Cut Reenlistment Bonuses In Brilliant Plan To Boost Retention
The Navy is planning to decrease 14 selective reenlistment bonus levels and eliminate six skills from the list of bonus-eligible careers, the office of the Chief of Naval Personnel announced on June 17, a move that seems counterintuitive to a branch that claims to have a renewed focus on reenlistment.
The coming update to the Navy’s December Selective Reenlistment Bonus plan, expected to take effect on July 21, will establish a moratorium on award level increases or additions as the branch explores more effective ways to “maintain acceptable manning levels in critical skills,” according to the announcement.
During fiscal year 2017, the NDAA set the Navy's authorized end strength total is 323,900. For 2018, the branch is hoping to reach 327,900, according to a statement from the Chief of Naval Personnel offices
Several anonymous officials told Navy Times that the branch’s end-strength number could rise as high as 350,000, but Chief of Naval Personnel spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nathan rejected that target, telling Task & Purpose that while “there is not currently an end goal [or] final end strength number that I’m aware of, we do expect end strength will grow commensurate with force structure changes.”
“We are concerned about the potential impact on future fleet manning if we don't take proactive action now to keep more sailors at sea to finish their first sea tours and thus avoid a significant decline in fleet manning,” Christensen said. “Our number one priority is to keep the Fleet manned at the highest levels we can.”
It’s unclear why the Navy is cutting bonuses across these 14 levels considering the branch is hoping to add 4,000 sailors to its ranks by 2018, and the branch’s decision appears to buck a trend among the other service branches when it comes to retaining top talent.
The Army is attempting to sweeten the deal for reenlistees and new recruits by offering massive reenlistment bonuses and retirement incentives in order to retain and rebuild its force structure. And while the Air Force cut careers eligible for bonuses, but its budget for bonuses grew from $226 million in 2017 to $250 million in 2018.
Currently, The Navy pays bonuses of $30,000, $45,000, $60,000, $75,000, and $100,000, Navy Times reports. Half of each bonus amount is paid up front when a sailor reenlists, with the remainder evenly paid out across each subsequent year of service.
However, the CNP memo says that Navy officials believe they can still fill crucial roles and carry out their missions. If necessary, they may use their discretion to request increases in enlistment bonuses, which CNP will take under advisement.
“There is not currently an end goal [or] final end strength number that I'm aware of, but we do expect end strength will grow commensurate with force structure changes,” Christensen said.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
"Shoots like a carbine, holsters like a pistol." That's the pitch behind the new Flux Defense system designed to transform the Army's brand new sidearm into a personal defense weapon.
Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."
Police arrest suspected terrorist for 1985 hijacking in which Navy diver Robert D. Stethem was murdered
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police have arrested a 65-year-old Lebanese man suspected of involvement in the 1985 hijacking of a Trans World Airlines (TWA) plane in which a U.S. navy diver was killed.
A Greek police official said on Saturday the suspect had disembarked from a cruise ship on the island of Mykonos on Thursday and that his name came up as being wanted by German authorities.
An 18-year-old Army recruit at Fort Jackson died following a "medical emergency" before a training drill, according to an officials with the base.