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The Navy’s Most Radical Performance Overhaul Is Coming Soon
Rewards for seniority are out and merit is in, as the Navy aims to overhaul its performance evaluations and fitness reports.
“We believe that it is time to develop a different system to measure sailors’ performance,” Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke told Navy Times.
He and other senior naval officials plan to replace the current system with one that utilizes technology-driven data, which will allow them to record more specific details on sailor development and adjust opportunities accordingly.
“What we defacto have is a seniority ranking system vice a merit ranking system,” Burke said. “Our surveys and our peer groups universally told us that sailors were dissatisfied with that.”
The new system, Burke said, has been in the works for more than a year, and is based on detailed surveys of enlisted and officers, who responded that the evaluation system is one of their biggest concerns.
“We want to have an objective measure of the sailor’s performance and have meaningful and frequent and useful feedback given back to the sailors,” Burke added.
The changes Burke listed were many, but included ending the practice of “rack and stack,” in which commands divide sailors into paygrade-based peer groups before doling out recommendations for promotions; more consistent, year-round, individualized feedback; and jettisoning the five-point scale now used to gauge sailors’ performance in favor of a much more thorough nine-point version.
“This takes out bias in a lot of ways and that is really what we’re after,” Burke said.
The last time the service updated its evaluation process was in 1996. The new system will roll out to many sailors by next year, with full implementation expected by 2025. Until then, sailors expecting promotions will continue having to deal with the usual evaluation-time bullcrap.
MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper suggested on Thursday he could be ready to start a highly anticipated global force repositioning this year as part of an effort to refocus the Pentagon on challenges from China and Russia.
Esper said he did not want to put a firm timeline on the completion of his so-called "defense-wide review," which is expected to trigger those troop movements.
"If I had to put an end-date (on the review), I want to make sure we are in some type of better posture by the beginning of the next fiscal year," Esper told reporters, referring to the government's calendar year for spending, which begins on Oct. 1. "So I want to move fairly quickly."
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty.
A trial for a German-Afghan national suspected of spying for Iranian intelligence is set to commence on January 20 in the city of Koblenz in Germany.
Identified as Abdul Hamid S. according to Germany privacy laws, the 51-year-old former interpreter and adviser for the German armed forces, or Bundeswehr, was arrested a year ago in the Rhineland region of western Germany and accused of providing information to Iranian intelligence for many years.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Iraqis rallied in central Baghdad on Friday calling for the expulsion of U.S. troops, but the protest mostly dissipated after a few hours despite fears of violence following a cleric's call for a "million strong" turnout.
Populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr convened the march after the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and an Iraqi paramilitary chief in Baghdad this month. His eventual decision to hold it away from a separate anti-government protest camp, and away from the U.S. embassy, looked pivotal in keeping the march peaceful.
STOCKTON — Diane Wright opened the door of an apartment at The Oaks at Inglewood, the assisted care facility in Stockton where she is the executive director. Inside, three people busily went through postal trays crammed with envelopes near a table heaped with handmade gifts, military memorabilia, blankets, quilts, candy and the like.
Operation Valentine has generated a remarkable outpouring of support from around the world for retired United States Marine, Maj. Bill White. Earlier this month, a resident at The Oaks, Tony Walker, posted a request on social media to send Valentine's Day cards to the 104-year-old World War II veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart.
Walker believed Maj. White would enjoy adding the cards to his collection of memorabilia. The response has been greater than anyone ever thought possible.