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Navy Working To Keep Sailors In The Service As Fleet Expands

With plans on the table to increase the number of ships, the Navy is looking for new ways to keep sailors in the service, even giving them a chance to leave for a year and come back. In recent years the Navy has been downsizing. The Trump administration eventually wants the Navy to grow from 290 to 355 ships, and toward that end, the administration has increased the number of ships in the latest budget. The Navy is now putting the brakes on retirement incentives. Instead, it is looking for creative ways to keep people from leaving. “I can tell you right now, with the type of growth we have, it’s almost hard to have enough retention,” said Capt. Vince Segars, Navy director of Military Community Management. “We’re basically keeping every sailor who wants to stay in.” To meet its target, the Navy has to add almost 11,400 sailors to hit its end-strength goal for fiscal year 2019, according to the U.S. Naval Institute News . The goals only go up from there, according to Segars. “Right now,

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