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Navy Will Hire Civilians As Chiefs And Captains Out Of Boot Camp
The average time for an enlisted service member to become a Navy chief is 13 years. On the officer side, less than half of all commanders ever make it to captain, even after serving 21 or more years. But now, the Navy will begin filling these positions with civilians who possess specialized skills. The only requirement will be to make it through boot camp.
This decision stems from the military's plan to recruit mid-career specialists to manage areas like cyber warfare, where the best operators glean their formative experience from the private sector.
“Right now the one we’re focused on is the cyber because that’s the immediate need,” Vice Adm. Robert Burke, chief of naval personnel told Navy Times. “But we want this authority in place ... because we want to be responsive when the need comes — we don’t want to start writing policy the minute we discover we need it.”
In an email, Chief of Naval Personnel spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said, “The Department of Defense, through its Force of the Future initiative, has requested that Congress expand lateral entry authority for officers.”
As it stands, candidates can be brought in up to the O-3 or O-4 level on a need basis. And medical specialties can be brought in up to the O-5 if the Navy has a shortage in a certain occupational specialty — assuming that officer candidate has experience and gets an approval waiver from the Secretary of the Navy.
Now, "we're seeking the authority to bring somebody in at the E-7 level or up to the O-6 level,” Burke said.
On the enlisted side, Navy policy already allows sailors to enter in up to the E-6 level, but it is limited to musicians.
However, there isn’t just a question of whether the Navy needs to be able to recruit mid-career specialists, but how lateral entry will impact the overall force structure.
The greatest challenge to altering the lateral entry rules may be persuading career-long Navy officers and enlistees to accept ranking members whose only military experience is boot camp.
It is yet to be seen how enlistees and officers who have spent years serving in the military would respond to the authority of an E-7 or an O-6 that has no prior military background, and has been recruited for this job based on private sector experience instead of working to rise through the ranks as they have.
When asked about potential shortcomings regarding the integration of mid-level specialists, however, Christensen said, “Not sure what you mean about shortcomings.”
As of now, the Navy does not have any detailed implementation plans, but could put this into effect as soon as October, pending Congressional approval.
“We are not assuming anything,” Christensen added. ”That said, we would like to have the authority in order to use it, if needed, to meet critical skills.”
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.
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.
SAN DIEGO — John Timothy Earnest didn't hide his smirks as he sat in a San Diego courtroom on Thursday, watching surveillance video of Lori Gilbert-Kaye being shot down inside the lobby of a Poway synagogue.
Earnest also smiled as a synagogue congregant testified about running toward the shooter, screaming "I'm going to kill you!" and seeing the gunman "with a look of astonishment or fear" turn and run.
Earnest, 20, is facing one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the shootings at Chabad of Poway on April 27. He also faces an arson charge related to an Escondido mosque fire in March, when several people who were sleeping inside escaped unharmed.
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."
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is ready to act on its southern border with Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said, after warning that it could take unilateral steps if the U.S. does not establish a "safe zone" in northeast Syria this month.
"Our preparations along our borders are complete," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul on Saturday before departing to attend a U.N. General Assembly meeting.