Each of the military services significantly ramped up their use of direct hiring in 2019. The Air Force Sustainment Center, for instance, is using the authority to fill more than 70 percent of all job openings.
The new position of deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Sustainment will be up and running as of Oct. 1.
The Navy is exploring certain ways to speed up the process of building new ships, but it’s going to have to extend the lives of ships it currently has to reach a fleet of 355 ships anytime soon.
The Air Force Personnel Center commander says civilian hiring is one of the biggest struggles the service is going through right now.
Amid “battle for talent” in the military’s maintenance facilities, officials press for a relaxation of restrictions on hiring civilians
Senate Armed Services Member Tim Kaine says the Navy needs a plan for the shipbuilding and repair workforce.
The Navy wants sailors to phone home less when it comes to fixing ships, and instead be more self-sufficient.
The Navy’s 2018 budget request includes a billion more dollars and a thousand new employees to help the service dig out of an ongoing ship maintenance backlog. Trouble is, the Navy’s current training regimen for new depot maintenance workers takes about five years before they’re ready to work, and officials say they need to find ways to speed that process up.
The Navy plans on hiring for work in shipyards now that it has funds to maintain its fleet.
The Navy needs 2,000 civilians to deal with its ship maintenance backlog and even more if the fleet size increases.