Three decades of highly prescriptive programs and the inevitable inspections that result have placed an overwhelming burden on the sailors who must implement them. A new initiative from the Chief of Naval Operations to reduce workload by 25% will give commanding officers more discretionary time and sailors more time with their families.
Since September 1998 our Navy has seen many pronouncements of change labeled "interdeployment training cycle (IDTC) reductions." Initiated by Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jay Johnson and aimed primarily at the Navy's deployable forces, they are designed to relieve sailors' workload and restore trust in commanding officers. For these changes to take root, however, will take leadership at all levels of the Navy's chain of command. We must have a clear understanding of what caused these changes, as well as an appreciation for where they are meant to take the Navy.