Navy says Sailors believe Navy is the best employer out there

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Aug. 15, 2019) Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Daryus Dinkins, assigned to the deck department aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), has sweat roll down his face as he searches for light fixtures missing screws. George Washington is undergoing refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipyard. RCOH is a nearly four-year project performed only once during a carrier’s 50-year service life that includes refueling of the ship’s two nuclear reactors, as well as significant repairs, upgrades, and modernization. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Trey Hutcheson/Released)

The Navy is apparently keeping okay retention numbers and his highlighting it, according to figures released earlier this month.

Sailors who have less than ten years of service are currently re-enlisting at around 64 and 72 percent, depending on time in service.

Previously, the service had 57 percent retention in Zone A (1-6 years) and 67 percent in Zone B (6-10 years).

Sailors in Zone C (10-14 years) reenlisted at 85 percent- three percentage points higher than previously.

The Navy is rather content with the numbers, particularly since publications have highlighted retention woes in the past.

“Despite a strong US economy, we have maintained excellent retention since FY-18, largely accomplished through our Sailor 2025 initiatives which are intended to provide Sailors with the choices, flexibility and transparency they have come to expect and could already receive from the private sector,” the Navy wrote in an admin message. “Our Sailors are proudly declaring that the Navy remains their employer of choice.”

Given the political climate and rise in conflicts around the world, more Sailors is an asset to both the Navy and the USA.

“Recognizing that we are in a Great Power Competition, challenges at-sea and across the globe require that we retain the experience and proficiency required to ensure we are operationally ready,” the message read. “Every Sailor is critical in that endeavor, whether in port, during training exercises, or sailing into harm’s way. Your leadership and engagement at every level is needed to maintain our retention momentum and ensure we are properly manned for every mission.”

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