The U.S. Naval Institute strives to be a primary resource for junior officers (JOs) in the Sea Services. Today’s JOs have many things in common with those of the past: We work hard, we are proud to be naval officers, proud of our heritage, proud to lead the sailors in our charge, and are proud to be members of the naval community. The Institute, however, faces significant challenges in reaching out to today’s JOs via traditional information vehicles.
In today’s Navy, JOs work in different environments, have different perspectives, and different ways of processing information than did JOs in earlier eras. The technological revolution has realigned the competitive marketplace for obtaining information, especially among younger generations. Similar to the declining newspaper industry, USNI faces the difficult task of adapting in an accelerating digital world. To help USNI explore what JOs need and how best to provide it, the Institute’s CEO, retired Vice Admiral Peter Daly, has established the Naval Junior-Officer Advisory Committee (NJAC).