With prospective threats mounting around the world, the Navy can no longer continue to operate with a Goldilocks-like disregard for modern competitive corporate principles. New Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday began his tenure by urging the Navy to “rapidly modernize,” noting “people are our most important weapon system.”1 To do so, the Navy must dramatically alter its career management system, aligning its core principles to an objective, merit-based system to increase transparency and organizational trust. The Navy’s people—its talent—are watching, and will continue to jump ship if the service cannot right the course.
1. ADM Michael M. Gilday, USN, NAVADMIN 196/19, 23 August 2019.
2. These billets are suggestions and used for illustration purposes only, not a complete list of critical billets in the aviation community. The authors are aware cronyism and subjectivity cannot be eradicated and exist even in the best civilian corporations. We recommend leaders appoint an impact team comprised of select URL officers from multiple levels of leadership (O-3 to O-7) and disciplines to transform talent management—and our service—for the future.