"Our idea in describing that concept was to give Navy leadership something to look at in the long term as a way of achieving their objective for a totally integrated force," Cipolla said. "Obviously, there are a lot of factors to address to get from here to there." One such factor is what role civilians will play in the Navy workforce of the future. Navy leaders hold differing views on whether more duties performed by civil servants should be contracted out, according to interviews conducted for the report. In addition, Navy Secretary Richard Danzig has encouraged such support work as ship painting to be shifted from sailors to civilians, a trend that could mean more work for civil servants or contractors. "It does appear that over time, some of these support jobs that the military currently do in the shore establishment will be done to a greater extent by civilians," said Cipolla. "That doesn't mean civil servants, necessarily. It could mean contractors, depending on what kind of work." The academy interviewed numerous Navy and Marine Corps personnel, held discussions with human resources experts and conducted field visits and focus groups to compile the report. The academy has briefed Danzig and Carolyn Becraft, Navy assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs, on the report's findings. The report will be available for NAPA members shortly. Non-members who wish to view the report can order it by calling 301-617-7801.
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