The United States Navy is set to change its current state of affairs. Sources within the US Navy informed that the new proposals aimed at a revamped service will be made public by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus during his speech at the US Naval Academy.
Mr. Mabus has developed a set of proposals to make service with the United States Navy more attractive not only for those within its ranks, but for civilians as well. In doing so, the most notable keywords are gender equity and equality, fairer fitness standards, increased educational opportunities, and a higher quality of family life.
The great news is that the focus of the new proposal is mainly set on women in the Navy or planning to join. At this point women employment is closed within certain fields. Secretary Ray Mabus plans on changing the current statistics by opening up closed billets and increasing women recruitment to 25 percent as opposed to the current 18 percent rate. It is expected that the opening of closed jobs, including Special Forces, will come with the single requirement that the same standards apply for each gender.
The Pentagon was the first institution to open jobs for women in combat during 2012. However, military services still had time to integrate women in a systematic and synergetic manner. Usually, the front-line positions are reserved for men serving in the military. Nonetheless, the situation is about to change.
According to the Defense Department, the number of women in the military was 200,000. Against this background, the US Navy plans to retain the active-duty women found in its ranks. The specific measures to do so are the doubling of paid maternity leave days, as well as extending the hours of child care to two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening.
For those who plan to focus on their family life at least for a while, the alleged proposals are good news. A more family friendly environment will also be pushed by updating the co-location policy for couples where both people involved are in the military service.
A novelty of the revamped service will be the career intermission program. It allows sailors and Marines to take off up to three years in order to follow educational programs or other goals. 400 placements should be available for these people when they return to duty. In exchange for the maximum of three years off, they will provide another two years of service for each year off duty.
It is expected that the new proposals will soon translate into concrete policy proposals vetted in their respective forums. This would greatly aid US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to revamp the service which is now governed by human resources policies dating back to the Cold War.
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