Second Co-Honorable Mention: Vincent Astor Memorial Leadership Contest
The solution to retention woes lies in the hands of commanding officers. Their charisma, authority, and power of persuasion can convince sailors and officers to stay Navy.
The Navy has been faced with a personnel crisis as officers and sailors alike have decided to leave, citing low pay, outside job opportunities, reduced benefits, and heavy in-port workloads. In an attempt to retain people, senior leaders have developed bonus plans and offered monetary incentives. They have organized working groups and symposiums for surface warfare officers to develop their own answers to the growing problem. They have evaluated homesteading and implemented shipboard e-mail to improve quality of life for sailors and their families. Although many of these initiatives have managed to keep more people in uniform, it is uncertain whether they have solved the problem or just masked the real issue.