A new report was published last week by the U.S. Government Accountability Office that suggested that the U.S. Navy has been suffering from a manpower problem.
According to the reports, there are not enough sailors to man all of our warships and this is causing many current sailors to feel stressed and overworked.
“Sailors consistently said that there were fewer crew members in port than during deployment, because sailors were attending training and taking leave, or because the Navy was prioritizing the manning of ships on deployment over ships in port,” the report read.
“Both officers and enlisted personnel told us that ship crews are stressed and overburdened during in-port periods because they must stand watch and cover the workload of multiple sailors,” it explained. “Crew members told us that when they returned from deployment, this additional workload placed a strain on them and their families, affecting crew member morale.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
The problem is that while the workload at sea is generally the same at same as it would be portside, sailors stuck in port have far fewer colleagues available to assist them.
According to the GAO, the Navy “began reducing crew sizes” 16 years ago to increase efficiency. However, the pencil-pushers have clearly taken things too far.
To remedy this situation, the GAO recommended that the Navy “reassess the standard workweek,” “require examination of in-port workload,” “require reassessment of the factors used to develop manpower requirements” and “identify the personnel costs needed to man a larger fleet.”
“If you’re talking 47 new ships added to fleet, that means an additional 15,000 personnel within the Navy,” Connecticut Rep. Joe Courtney told The New London Day. “There really is no proposal that I’m aware of about increasing the top line of Navy end strength to accommodate that.”
It is time to right your representatives and tell them to put a focus on the U.S. Navy.
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