In an effort to achieve its retention goals, the US Navy is considering a general change of approach. Less online training, more educational opportunities, a better family life and work balance could make people join the Navy.
Officials are driving a campaign meant to change some fundamental aspects tied to its HR procedures. The new law proposal revealed by the Navy Secretary Ray Mabus speaks in terms of increased amount of paid maternity to double the time.
This is a first step taken in the direction of motivating young women. Gender equality has developed to the point where women can now be an active part of any career field whatsoever. Authorities support and respect that and in return try to facilitate women adaptation to all career fields. It is Navy’s turn now to consider a slightly differentiated approach for women who want to be mums and recruits as well.
The Defense Deparment reports more than 200.000 active-duty women in the military system. The growing numbers are a sign that the system’s regulations should be updated to its new professional realities.
Women in the beginning of their careers are only retained at half the rate compared to men and to double the maternity leave could be translated into a wise endeavor to keep women from leaving the Navy.
According to Mabus’s initiative, women who need time to raise a family or need a break from service are allowed three years off. In return, those related to the program will need to provide two years of service for each year, when they take their break.
Even organizations known for their highest forms of discipline consider the importance of family life in key performance. Life needs balance outside the professional boundaries of service thus the Navy is taking measures to become more family friendly.
Women are slowly absorbed by a system that used to be conducted exclusively by men. In January next year the military is expected to open all combat jobs to women while the Pentagon lifted its ban on women in combat jobs in 2012.
We’re facing a change of vision inside the military service which gradually and systematically integrates women into an exclusive world. In support of that, Mabus also intends to extend child care hours by four, with two hours spent in childcare on mornings and another two hours spent home each evening.
Physical fitness, gym hours and more nutritional meals are also key factors that can support the life and performance of a great professional. Body weight aspects will also be changed, to ensure a healthier appearance. All concerns about overall health of marines will be taken into account and acted upon, based on the new Navy change of perspective.
This is just a preliminary unveiling, as the entire terms of the Mabus proposal will be detailed during a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Other benefits and highlights of new approaches in regulation will soon be brought to our knowledge.
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