Navy civilians are employed all over the world, assisting the Navy’s #Warfighters to complete the mission. We asked Juan M. Garcia, III, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) to discuss how they accomplish that.
As we take time during the month of October to reflect on our naval heritage, it’s important that we recognize a core component of the team—our civilian workforce.
Today, there are more than 200,000 civilians serving within the Department of the Navy (DON). To put that number in perspective, the DON, which is one of the largest and most complex organizations in the federal government, has a civilian workforce the size of General Motors or Verizon.
Service comes in many forms, and our Navy civilians contribute each day to the success of this department. Just take a moment to read these three examples — Navy civilians support the mission first and foremost, improve our capabilities and develop our people, helping to make us the strongest Navy the world has ever seen.
The chance to serve and support the warfighter attracts some of the most diverse, talented and highly skilled individuals this country has to offer, which is why the Navy consistently leads the way in research and development.
Our largest career fields are in science, technology, engineering and logistics. From counter-IED technology and GPS, to unmanned aerial vehicles and alternative energy, Navy civilians lay the foundation for many of the revolutionary technologies we see and use every day.
Of the more than 200,000 civilians comprising our branch, 60 percent are veterans. Civilian careers offer the opportunity for veterans to continue serving their country while also using and building upon the valuable skills they acquired while in uniform.
Not only is it important for us to recognize the support civilians provide to the warfighter, we must also acknowledge the sacrifice civilians have made for our country. Most notably, Department of the Navy civilians were among the 125 men and women who lost their lives at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Since then, many more have made the ultimate sacrifice in our fight against terror.
Civilians will continue to play a critical role in our smarter and leaner force, even in the face of unprecedented uncertainty and change.
The Navy will continue to be on the front line of our nation’s warfighting efforts, in war and in peace, with a proud heritage of success in battle, on, above, and below the sea. Thank you for the incredible work you do each and every day, and for carrying forward our more than two-century tradition of warfighting excellence, adaptation and resilience.
This post was provided by www.navylive.dodlive.mil
Disclaimer: The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense of this website or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sites, the Department of Defense does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD website.