Closing the Gap Between Decision Makers, Detailers, and the Deckplates

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Villegas
Deputy Communications Director, Office of the MCPON

Detailers and the “people who make policies” are coming to a waterfront near you.

The Chief of Naval Personnel and Navy Personnel Command are bringing brass and decision makers to fleet concentration areas for Career Development Symposiums. Both commands are charged with manning, training and retaining the fleet. Part of their job is to make sure Sailors are ready for the roles and responsibilities they’re filling throughout the Navy.

PEARL HARBOR (Jan. 16, 2019) Sailors review promotional materials for the MyNavy Career Development Symposium at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew Riggs/Released)

Got a question as to why you don’t seem to get the billets you want? Curious as to how the new eval systems will look and impact your chances to promote? Here’s your chance to get answers to your questions and provide feedback on how we can better improve the ways we retain and manage talent within the force.

As we continue to grow to be the Navy the Nation Needs, it’s critical that we keep the best and brightest on our team. In an effort to meet that goal and improve quality of life and communication, leadership is making rounds to exchange ideas and dialogue on how we can best meet that — to bring you into the fold.


Detailers from several communities are joining in on the “roadshow” to provide face-to-face interaction and information on Sailor 2025 initiatives. Many PACT (Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks) Sailors  even receive their rating designations at CDS, making it a one-stop shop for career enhancement. The point is to bring it all to the warfighter on the waterfront.

The Navy’s detailing process is continuing to evolve by placing Sailors with the right skill sets in the right place at the right time, regardless of source rate. What does that mean for you? If you’ve got the right qualifications, degree or technical training in a particular field, the Navy is looking to leverage your talent and potentially give you the opportunity to chase the dream job you’re most passionate about.

During a recent visit to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, leadership fielded questions and suggestions as to how they can better support Sailors with “common sense solutions.” Vice Adm. Robert Burke, chief of Naval Personnel, reminded Sailors that many of these solutions are on the way and take time, because they affect so many layers of our Navy – whether it’s policy, current manning needs or mission sets, but they always welcome feedback and insight from all levels of leadership and ranks across the Navy.

PEARL HARBOR (Jan. 17, 2019) Sailors, assigned to USS Halsey (DDG 97), pose for a photo at the Pearl Harbor Career Development Symposium. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Villegas/Released)


Ready to have your voice heard and take charge of your career? Visit the NPC Facebook or Twitter to find out when CDS is coming to your area and where you can submit questions, comments, and concerns because it’s your career and your Navy.

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability…”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Here’s where the Navy is giving you permission to dream. Your innovative ideas and solutions on improving our Navy are welcomed and encouraged.


PEARL HARBOR (Jan. 17, 2019) Fire Controlman (Aegis) 2nd Class Nashawanda Ferguson pose for a photo at the Pearl Harbor Career Development Symposium. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Villegas/Released)


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