By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Maria Yager
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Navy Personnel Command (NPC) added a force stabilization fact sheet to its Web site Feb. 3 to provide the fleet more information about how new personnel policies may affect them.
“If deck-plate Sailors are out there working hard every day, that is what they need to focus on. Continue to work hard and perform at the highest level. Get your qualifications done and move forward, and you know what? You’re going to be okay,” said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/SW) Rick West during a recent visit with force stabilization policy makers at NPC.
The Web page, which had nearly 5,000 page views in the first two days, was added to the NPC Web site to provide references, answer frequently asked questions, and offer a fact sheet and links to more information to guide Sailors.
“We had a lot of questions from Sailors about continuation boards, Zone B PTS (perform to serve), and SRBs (selective reenlistment bonus),” said Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Kenny Ellenburg, a briefer for NPC’s Career Management Symposium team which visits commands throughout the Fleet providing information on the latest Navy personnel policies.
Ellenburg and his team spoke to Japan-based Sailors at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Naval Air Facility Misawa, Fleet Activities Okinawa and Naval Air Facility Atsugi soon after several force stabilization Navy messages were released and got a good read on what the Fleet would like to know about these measure.
“A lot of Chiefs wanted to know what the senior enlisted continuation boards would be looking at,” said Ellenberg. More details are on the way and will be added to the force stabilization Web site as they become available as Navy officials finalize details before the September board.
“Similar to an advancement board, continuation board panel members will review both the candidate’s official record and submitted materials. As in advancements, the single most important factor influencing selection for continuation is sustained superior performance of duty,” said Cmdr. Stuart Satterwhite assigned to Navy Personnel Command’s policy division.
Satterwhite is helping to draft the senior enlisted continuation board precept which will be reviewed by senior leaders before approval.
“A board precept is currently being drafted and will be vetted through those who normally provide input to board precepts, including MCPON. Details of the precept cannot be released, however, once the precept is complete, general information will be forthcoming,” said Satterwhite.
For further updates on force stabilizations measures visit the NPC Web site.