Navy manpower needs are lessening as technology advances. To circumvent loss of personnel, reduce costs, and increase efficiency, the current sea-shore rotation system must be revised.
The U.S. Navy's major capital assets no longer are ships, but sailors. As of 17 December 2003, the Navy had 376,471 military employees.1 On deployment were 90 (31%) of its 294 ships with 33,035 (9%) Navy military personnel on board. Even if 100% of the Navy's ships were deployed, only 107,914 (29%) personnel would need to be. As a new generation of ships and unmanned aerial vehicles is developed, less human intervention will be required. What might we change to enhance the management of our future deployment force and still capture and invest in the value of a sailor? One answer is to eliminate sea-shore rotation as we currently know it and adopt a new method of sailor rotation.