The Navy beat its retention goals in fiscal 2020 and the service is now planning to release some sailors from contractual obligations early to deal with the overmanning, a Navy official said recently.
The Navy measures retention in three “zones” — Zone A (up to 6 years of service), Zone B (6-10 years of service), and Zone C (10-14 years of service). The Navy achieved a retention rate of 69% in Zone A (compared to a 57% target), 76% in Zone B (67% target), and 89% in Zone C (82% target).
The Navy said it was successful in retaining sailors in both the active and reserve components, and that there was a significant decline in Zone A attrition.
“Building upon the retention gains in the last few years, the Navy remains committed to retaining the right talent and experience in the right pay grades and ratings,” Vice Adm. John B. Nowell Jr wrote in a directive dated Dec. 20. “While we have grown over the years, some enlisted ratings have become
overmanned, creating imbalances in the Fleet.”
The Navy previously announced it would seek to released 714 sailors from 23 ratings under the Enlisted Early Transition Program in order to deal with overmanning, according to a Navy Times report.
MAIN PHOTO: PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 26, 2020) Ensign Vanessa Echols, from Toumon, Guam, talks into a telephone aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). Curtis Wilbur is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin T. Liston)