SAN DIEGO (Sep. 26, 2013) Capt. Bruce Deshotel, enlisted community manager from the Bureau of Naval Personnel, speaks to officers and chief petty officers in the wardroom of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during a visit. Deshotel is visiting San Diego to discuss the latest personnel policies and initiatives impacting the fleet. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Samantha J. Webb
Fleet Engagement Team talks personnel policy with San Diego area Sailors
by MC3 Samantha J. Webb, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Members of the Navy Personnel Command's fleet engagement team spoke to the leadership aboard USS Anchorage (LPD 23), Sept. 24, to discuss personnel policies and initiatives that impact the fleet.
Officers and chief petty officers gathered in the wardroom to hear about the current fleet-wide manning status, the Career Navigator program, the detailing process, the Professional Apprentice Career Track (PACT) program and other topics related to personnel policy.
USS Anchorage was just one of six ships the fleet engagement team visited on Tuesday. The team is scheduled to visit several more ships and hold all hands calls on Naval Base San Diego and Naval Base Coronado Sept. 25 and 26.
Capt. George Allmon, a member of the team who spoke during the meeting about the detailing process, said the fleet engagement team's mission is to educate the fleet on unique challenges of the Navy Personnel Command, such as detailing, enlisted community management and placement of Sailors.
Command Master Chief Pete Santos said the face-to-face interaction with the people behind the programs was beneficial for those at the meeting.
"Everybody gets a better take-away from them coming to talk to us in person," said Santos. "It helps us understand it. We got to ask them questions and also give them feedback so they can better improve the programs they have."
The intricacies of deciding which command receives the next available Sailor with a specific rating and NEC were discussed.
Santos said he learned there are ways to help your command by calling the placement office rather than a detailer.
"The detailer can only do so much," said Santos. "It's eye opening."
Allmon said the insight that Santos received is what the fleet engagement team aims for when speaking to Sailors.
"I really want the leadership to understand the difference between enlisted community managers, placement, and detailers so they can make better, informed decisions," said Allmon. "So when they call, they actually reach the right person that can assist them in their needs."
Santos said Sailors who are able to attend an all hands meeting with the fleet engagement team over the next two days should do so.
"It's something that affects their daily lives and they need to know about the programs that affect them," said Santos.