MCPON says rating and NEC overhaul will create new opportunities

The Navy’s top enlisted sailor said the new reorganization of the Navy’s enlisted ratings will ultimately give sailors more career opportunities and allow the Navy to better match individual sailors to job assignments that best fit their skills and training. 

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SG/IW) Steven Giordano said the decision announced on July 13 to reorganize the Navy’s enlisted ratings into 12 communities and 23 career fields will eventually allow sailors to qualify in skills outside their own traditional rating and will open up more job opportunities across the fleet.   

“I am extremely excited about … the short and long-term benefits of this move and where we will be as a Navy as a result of these rating modernization efforts,” Giordano told Navy Times in a July 14 interview.  

“We’ll be in a position to better manage our talent,” he said.

Giordano says the initial feedback has been positive, but there are some sailors out there who might be confused about the move — he encourages them to ask questions every chance they get. 

As the Navy converts it’s existing Navy Enlisted Classification codes, the service is, in essence, creating a new language that will better describe sailors and their skills and abilities, he said.  

“This new construct isn’t just a code that’s read only by IT systems,” Giordano said. “It allows everybody — commands, detailers and even sailors themselves — to see immediately by looking at this where that sailor is at in training as well as the level of proficiency they are at in their skill sets. That’s what these are designed to do.”

The short-term benefit of the new system, he said, will come as these codes are entered in a sailor’s service records, resulting in a vastly more detailed system. 

Giordano pointed out that the Navy’s new billet-based detailing, which came online last year, defines the jobs sailors are doing across the Navy to a…

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