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Cultural Assessment of the U.S. Navy

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Cultural Assessment of the U.S. Navy Mission Statement The US Navy has founded its self with being an organization that will train and activate skilled combat naval personnel. The official mission statement taken off their web site states, "The mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas." (http://www.navy.com) The Navy also prides itself on the adventurous spirit it takes to embark on a career in the navy. The slogan used in getting new recruits is "Accelerate your life". These statements suggest that the Navy is not only clear in its purpose and design, but also dedicated to its end. The clarity of its mission is seen in the extensive training that recruits receive in boot camp and the mental focus directed by their superiors to focus on the mission statement. In recruitment, the Navy seeks young men and women, often bogged down with school and jobs that to an eighteen or nineteen year old seems to be boring and slow paced. Work Environment The navy workspace is most commonly out on the sea, on a ship, or in a submarine. Part of the Navy's mission is to maintain freedom of the seas, thus the sea is their workplace. The design of many of these vessels does not allow for tremendous amounts of space or access to the outside world. ...read more.

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Many found it degrading to be subjected to the humiliation of these initiations and, over time, have found substantial support for their beliefs such that "hazing," as it is called, is now strictly prohibited. Even with strict prohibition, incidences of hazing still occur partly due to that engrained tradition of when "ships were made of wood and men were made of iron." The entire operation of the U.S. Naval organization is a measured and controlled environment. There are continual inspections, audits, and certifications of which the results directly reflect on the prestige of the organization, and contribute to the promotion of the individuals in the organization to positions of higher authority and pay. There is enormous pressure to perform well during these events. Passing an inspection will satisfy the requirement, but passing with flying colors will earn praise from your senior commanders and respect from your peers. Hamblet (2001) gives a good example of how important inspection performance is perceived. I was shocked; my squadron finished dead last of the ten squadrons in the air wing. I walked to the ready room with my tail between my legs. The skipper was sitting in his chair at the front of the ready room. I sat next to him. He looked at me over the tops of his "cheaters" and said, "Well, Zygote, how'd we do?" ...read more.

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The following are the steps of the program. 1) Recruits attend the Navy Recruit Training, called the boot camp, 2) Upon completion, the recruit attends the Apprenticeship Training, 3) After graduation, the recruits are assigned to a duty station for approximately 12 to 18 months, and 4) The recruit decides on a specialty field and will proceed with further training (http://www.navy.com). These trainings and programs are beneficial to the Navy and Recruits. They provide the recruits with free education and career opportunities. The Navy also benefits because during times of war, the more educated and trainable the navy personnel, the better the chances for success of the mission (Dellwo, 2002). In his address to the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) on Aug. 3, 2004, Admiral Vern Clark said that, "The Navy needs 21st Century Human Capital Strategy that fully capitalizes on the strengths of all its people." The Navy is not merely looking for diversity of sailors, but also wants individuals who are creative, innovative, and know how to think out of the box. There are three major criterions in the selection of quality recruits. These are 1) a qualification and a mental aptitude test, 2) possession of a high school diploma, and 3) any prior college experience. The Navy recruitment process is a continuous process because employees retire or leave the Navy for various reasons. To minimize the need to replace personnel, competitive incentives are offered to retain them. In return, the Navy retains personnel with the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through years of service and specialized training. ...read more.

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