In the introduction of the Chief of Naval Operations' executive review of Navy training, the authors report, "Unfortunately, growing requirements for technically savvy and experienced Sailors contrast sharply with the Navy's projected inventory of those types of people." In short, they say, "the Navy is struggling in its War for People."
There is, however, an opportunity for the Navy to access a previously inaccessible pool of intellectual, managerial, and leadership talent. As information technologies proliferate in support of the Navy's administrative processes and warfighting systems, the changing relationship between information technology (IT) devices and the human skills required to employ them indicates the Navy's human resource requirements might be changing. Some of the forces generating this opportunity are: the ubiquitous expansion of IT systems throughout the military; the rapidly changing definition of what constitutes the "front lines"; the increasing sophistication of ergonomic IT interfaces; and the Navy's adoption of human-factor performance metrics for determining personnel requirements.