The Navy’s 267,271 federal civilian employees make up 46 percent of its combined active-duty civilian employee team and perform missions critical to maintaining fleet readiness. And more civilians are coming. The 2018 Department of Defense (DoD) Budget Overview specifically requested an increase in civilian employees.1 Unfortunately, this influx will meet a significant hurdle: It currently takes the Navy 117 days on average to fill vacancies, a month longer than the federal government civilian hiring standard.2 The Navy’s problem is structural, and a solution is critical.
Fix the Navy Civilian Hiring Process
By Michael B. Chase and Annmarie Baxter