reduce personnel, and require a higher level of performance and a greater degree of responsibility at every Service grade. This will produce self-satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment that will enrich the Service experience and enhance the quality of life at every level.


Economic and social conditions will force the Navy and Marine Corps to conduct future missions with fewer people and lower overall manpower costs. To accomplish this, the Department of the Navy must achieve higher levels of personnel performance in an increasingly more complex, information-dependent environment. The Department of the Navy should exploit the technology advances in communications, information, health care, biotechnology and genetics, and cognitive processes to enhance human performance through expanded education and training, improved personal health and safety, and enhanced quality of life throughout the Navy and Marine Corps.

This effort will require special attention to the following actions:

  • Enhance the capability and competence of personnel through improved education and training using computer-aided, interactive distance learning, intelligent tutors, embedded training, and better selectivity and classification.
  • Upgrade the operational performance of personnel by providing higher-level information and support to all personnel grades, increase participation in decision-making processes, flatten organizational structures, and develop smart sailors serving on smart ships.
  • Improve the health and safety of personnel by ensuring rapid access to personal medical history and exploiting advances in biotechnology and genetics to provide chemical and biological warfare protection, fitness screening, tissue typing, gene therapy, multicomponent vaccines, disease diagnostics, and genetic predisposition classifications.
  • Increase job satisfaction and personnel retention through enhanced quality-of-life factors by providing ready access to loved ones via global communications, supplying comprehensive personal-development opportunities via interactive distance learning, and building self-esteem by granting higher degrees of individual responsibility.

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