The US Navy and Marines will focus on recruiting more experienced people to work in areas like cybersecurity to try to address a high turnover.

Speaking at the WEST 2022 Conference in San Diego on Friday, February 18, Admiral Mike Gilday, Marine Corps Commandant General David Berger, and Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz all spoke on the issues they face in recruiment.

Berger, released a new plan for overhauling how the Marine Corps recruits and retains personnel in November and believes civilians leaving their jobs as the COVID-19 pandemic causes them to rethink how they spend their work hours and what they are paid for provides an opportunity for the military.

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He said: “We shouldn’t look at this resignation as a big negative, Fine, they’re unhappy with their jobs. Our recruiters are going to be right there.”

Berger’s new strategy calls for the Marine Corps to reverse the high turnover that has resulted from recruiting younger, inexperienced Marines.

Instead, the service will focus on people with experience, particularly in cyber security and other technical disciplines, to create access points that don’t require them to start from the ground up.

Military families have seen consistent pay raises of at least 2.5 percent a year since 2018.

He said: “We have always been a very young force.

“We can’t do that going forward, for a lot of reasons. We’re not giving up on the high school graduate, but we have to reach a better balance in our force.”

The three-day event, held at the San Diego Convention Center, showcased a wide range of military equipment.

From Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing to Verizon and AT&T, corporate war contractors demonstrated everything from robotic dogs to the latest drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, as the military has named them.

The Coast Guard, which has the greatest retention rate among the military services, has also had difficulty attracting new members, according to Schultz, who spoke at the event.

Schultz added: “During the pandemic, retention has increased across the board. “I think we find ourselves in a competitive environment. We don’t have the deepest pockets, so I don’t through a lot of bonuses young men and women’s ways. But we’re getting great young men and women.”

Gilday said as the need for cyber-security expertise has increased, the military has also started targeting new recruits online, with the Navy meeting its recruitment targets last year.

He said: “We’ve shifted our marketing from TV to online.

” We’ve tried to show them what sailors are doing day-to-day, real life. That’s been fairly effective for us. That outreach is really important.”

WEST bills itself as the “premier” naval conference on the West Coast, drawing up to 7,000 people to San Diego yearly. Now in its 32nd year, the event is co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute.

Source: Stars and Stripes

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