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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.
A group of vets are raising money to pay for a medal the Iraqi government awarded them, but never delivered
In June 2011 Iraq's defense minister announced that U.S. troops who had deployed to the country would receive the Iraq Commitment Medal in recognition of their service. Eight years later, millions of qualified veterans have yet to receive it.
The reason: The Iraqi government has so far failed to provide the medals to the Department of Defense for approval and distribution.
A small group of veterans hopes to change that.
For a cool $8.5 million, you could be the proud owner of a "fully functioning" F-16 A/B Fighting Falcon fighter jet that a South Florida company acquired from Jordan.
The combat aircraft, which can hit a top speed of 1,357 mph at 40,000 feet, isn't showroom new — it was built in 1980. But it still has a max range of 2,400 miles and an initial climb rate of 62,000 feet per minute and remains militarized, according to The Drive, an automotive website that also covers defense topics, WBDO News 96.5 reported Wednesday.
A doctor who treated accident victims has a radioactive isotope in his body. Russia says it came from his diet
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities said on Friday that a doctor who treated those injured in a mysterious accident this month had the radioactive isotope Caesium-137 in his body, but said it was probably put there by his diet.
The deadly accident at a military site in northern Russia took place on Aug. 8 and caused a brief spurt of radiation. Russian President Vladimir Putin later said it occurred during testing of what he called promising new weapons systems.
Groundwater at the Air Force Academy is contaminated with the same toxic chemicals polluting a southern El Paso County aquifer, expanding a problem that has cost tens of millions of dollars to address in the Pikes Peak region.
Plans are underway to begin testing drinking water wells south of the academy in the Woodmen Valley area after unsafe levels of the chemicals were found at four locations on base, the academy said Thursday.