Develop warriors with advanced graduate education. Through the new Fleet Scholar Education Program, talented junior officers will attend fully funded graduate education at America’s most prestigious civilian institutions.
Broaden opportunity through exposure to America’s top companies. The new SECNAV Tours with Industry Program provides officers with a chance to spend a year in America’s private sector.
Expand opportunities for career intermission. Officers of all backgrounds may apply for career intermission and leave the Navy for a period of up to three years at multiple junctures in the career chart, then return and favorably compete for command and other key milestones.
Reinforce our commitment to dual-military couples. Along the same “family-oriented” line, we are reinforcing and expanding our commitment to military spouse colocation as the standard, rather than the exception.
Investing in Warfighting Expertise
We are investing in junior officers and developing warfighting expertise like never before. Over the past two years, more than 150 SWOs have completed the current Antisubmarine (ASW) and the Integrated Air/Missile Defense (IAMD) Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) course. These officers now serve the fleet, where their expertise is increasing the tactical proficiency and warfighting effectiveness of our surface ships and staffs.
Recruiting the Next Generation
In frank terms, we have not historically “recruited SWOs.” But in a war for talent, we must pursue every avenue to maintain a competitive edge, so we are changing the recruiting paradigm for our community. We have to “go active,” identify, reach out, and recruit talent into surface warfare through every accession source.
‘Extraordinary Men and Women’
We have amazing junior officers in our ranks. As a group, they are creative. They lead well. They have vision. They are energized and oriented toward a lifetime of service. The key to maintaining our dominance into the future is retaining these young officers-and hundreds like them-for the longer term.
The rationale for pursuing such an approach is compelling. Our operating environment is growing increasingly complex; the at-sea fight of tomorrow will be challenging and violent. In order to fight and win against a future adversary at sea, we will need the top young talent in America leading that fight as the department heads, commanding officers, and warfare commanders of tomorrow’s fleet.