US launches Navy civilian employment programme

The US has launched a Navy Civilian Acculturation Program to train a workforce with no prior Navy experience.

The Navy Civilian Acculturation Program (NACP) aims to help newly hired civilian employees with no prior Navy background to adjust to their role. The Chief Naval Officer (CNO) announced the programme at NAVADMIN 158 at Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia.

The NACP aims to help civilian workforce members adjust to Navy culture and integrate into the organisation structure. There are currently 195,000 navy civilians in over 500 job roles.

Mark Honecker, U.S. Fleet Forces Command executive director said: “Our civilian workforce is a vital component of the Navy team, and I believe NCAP will significantly help our new hires adjust to their new career and assimilate more quickly into Navy culture.”

Realty Specialist from Naval Facilities Engineering Command Bridget Gibson said: “I come from the utilities industry. The Navy is very different from corporate America, so this helps me understand my job better and how what I do impacts the Navy.”

NCAP provides new hires with information on personnel management, organisation and structure, uniformed personnel, operations, strategy, heritage, and history. The program also includes an orientation visit to waterfront units to familiarise new civilians to shipboard life and routine, and to meet with fleet Sailors.

The inaugural orientation event took place June 27 in Norfolk with visits to guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Participants included new civilian employees from Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Military Sealift Command, Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Support Center, and Naval Air Systems Command.

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