NCNP Shares Strategic Vision While Visiting NAS Pensacola
CNP Shares Strategic Vision
While Visiting NAS Pensacolas
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Timothy S.
Hall, Naval Air Station Pensacola Public Affairs
Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida --. (NNS)
June 14, 2006 -- Chief of Naval Personnel and
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education)
Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. visited Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla.,
June 7-8, conveying a message for every Sailor about the future of the Navy:
change is coming, and each person in the organization has an important role to
play in that change.
Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John
C. Harvey Jr. addresses all hands in the auditorium at Naval Aviation Schools
Command onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola for the Manpower, Personnel,
Training and Education Strategic Plan (MPT&E). MPT&E highlights the Navy's
vision of where the Fleet will be at in the next decade and anticipates the
Navy's warfighting needs, identify associated personnel capabilities and recruit
develop manage and deploy those capabilities in an agile, cost-effective manner.
Vice Adm. Harvey is scheduled to present his lecture at other naval
installations following his one-day visit at the air station.
Navy photo by Megan Kohr
Harvey addressed a standing-room only-crowd June 8 at the NAS Pensacola theater.
His message was focused on strategic planning for the future of the Manpower,
Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) organization.
Harvey emphasized the MPT&E Strategic Plan is based upon two fundamental
premises. The situation is dictated by the choices, not the circumstances, and
certain aspects of the future are influenced by the choices made now.
“What worked five years ago will not work today,” Harvey said,
referring to the landscape of shifting demographics and associated challenges,
such as slow population growth, increasing private-sector job growth,
diversification of the population and a lower propensity for joining the armed
“What worked for an aging 'baby boomer' won’t work for the 'millennial' coming
into the Navy now,” he said. “Demographics is destiny.”
According to Harvey, part of the Navy’s strategic vision will include focusing
on talent and targeted, competitive recruiting. Innovative personnel policies
and compensation, as well as flexible career management, are just one piece of
the roadmap for shaping tomorrow’s Navy.
According to Harvey, part of the MPT&E strategic vision will include focusing on
talent and targeted, competitive recruiting. Innovative personnel policies and
compensation, as well as flexible career management, are important pieces of the
roadmap for shaping tomorrow's Navy.
While the MPT&E mission is to anticipate Navy war fighting needs, identify
associated personnel capabilities and recruit, develop, manage and deploy those
capabilities in an agile and cost-effective manner, that mission must compliment
the Chief of Naval Operations' first two priorities, which are to sustain combat
readiness and build a fleet for the future.
Gone are the Reagan-era plans for a 600-ship Navy with more than half a million
active-duty Sailors, said Harvey. Today’s Navy will be much leaner, with hybrid
Sailors who are cross-trained in two or more specialties. A 313-ship Navy with
more than 4,000 aircraft and 340,000 Sailors (70,000 in Reserve) is the reality
of fiscal 2007.
When asked about the status of Individual Augmentee (IA) assignments in the
Global War on Terrorism, Harvey said, “Expect the IA demand to grow. We’re going
to take those talents and skills and send them forward to the fight.”
He expressed how critical intelligence specialist, cryptographic technician and
master-at-arms ratings are to the mission. “The Navy does certain things better
than anyone else. As of today, we have about 4,000 active and 5,000 reserves (Sailors)
on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said.
Notification time for orders is steadily increasing, Harvey noted. “We’re making
progress. In May, there were 300 sets of orders issued, and they each had a
30-day heads up.”
Harvey also reminded Sailors how important the educational piece of the puzzle
was to the success of the overall future of the Navy. “Education is a mandatory
thing. It is not optional,” Harvey said.
The admiral noted the pending changes are out of necessity. “This is not a
feel-good initiative. Strategic planning enables us to actively ‘create’ our
future, rather than passively let it happen.”