MHS 2022 Federal Mil/Civ Nursing Leadership Excellence Award

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This award honors Federal Civilian and Military Registered Nurses employed within the Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency (DHA), Army, Navy, and Air Force who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and exceptional compassion and commitment to patients, colleagues, and the profession of nursing, resulting in noteworthy clinical or administrative accomplishments and contributing to the improved image and practice of nursing within the Military Health System (MHS).

Eligibility:  See attachments for details on award criteria and submissions:

1.       MHS Federal Civilian Nursing Leadership Excellence Award

2.       MHS Federal Military Nursing Leadership Excellence Award

Action

1.       Package documents must be submitted in one consolidated PDF format with the following naming convention: Lastname_Firstname_Award Category_MHS 2022

2.       For Correspondence related to this award, please annotate in the subject line: MHS Nursing Leadership Excellence Award

3.       Contact service POC for any questions

Email Navy nominations and questions to CAPT Julie Darling (contact in the global)

For other services, nominations will be submitted to the service POC.

Skillbridge Employment Skills Training Guidance

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REF/F/DOC/DOD/JUN2019//

NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 222/15, SKILLBRIDGE EMPLOYMENT SKILLS TRAINING 
PROGRAM.  
REF B IS DOD INSTRUCTION 1322.29, JOB TRAINING, EMPLOYMENT SKILLS TRAINING, 
APPRENTICESHIPS, AND INTERNSHIPS FOR ELIGIBLE SERVICE MEMBERS.  
REF C IS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY MEMORANDUM, IMPLEMENTATION 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SECTION 1143(E) OF TITLE 10, UNITED STATES CODE.  
REF D IS UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MEMORANDUM, DIRECTIVE-TYPE MEMORANDUM, 
IMPLEMENTING MANDATORY TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM PARTICIPATION FOR 
ELIGIBLE SERVICE MEMBERS.  
REF E IS 10 U.S. CODE SECTION 1143.  
REF F IS THE DOD FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REGULATION VOLUME 7A.//

RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN cancels and replaces reference (a), by clarifying 
program requirements, updating Sailor eligibility, instituting a centralized 
registration process, clarifying command approval procedures, and updating 
the SkillBridge point of contact.
References (b) through (e) provide authority for the Navy to implement 
employment skills training and transition assistance programs.

2.  The SkillBridge program is designed to help eligible members departing 
the Naval service.  Reference (b) defines an eligible member as any member of 
the Armed Forces who has completed at least
180 days on Active Duty (AD) in the Armed Forces and is expected to be 
discharged or released from AD within 180 days of the date of commencement of 
participation in the SkillBridge program.  Sailors may not extend their 
enlistment to complete a SkillBridge program.

3.  To balance Sailor benefits and mission readiness, SkillBridge 
participation should not normally begin any earlier than 120 days prior to 
actual separation/retirement date.  In no case shall SkillBridge 
participation begin any earlier than 180 days prior to actual 
separation/retirement date.  Sailors may not use leave or any other 
authorized absence to begin a SkillBridge program greater than
180 days from separation.  Any approved separation, terminal leave, and 
permissive temporary duty (TDY) shall occur following SkillBridge 
participation.  Sailors will remain the responsibility of the parent command 
for administrative purposes.  As such, SkillBridge participants must make 
weekly contact with their command point of contact for personnel 
accountability.  Failure to maintain weekly contact may result in program 
termination and return to the permanent duty station (PDS) at the members 
expense.

4.  Sailors must meet the following eligibility requirements:
    a.  Be separating from the Navy and have sufficient time remaining under 
their contract to complete the program prior to established separation date.
    b.  Have successfully passed their most recent physical fitness 
assessment.
    c.  Be recommended for advancement or promotion and retention on most 
recent evaluation or fitness report.
    d.  Have completed their Transition Assistance Program requirements.
    e.  Have attended an ethics brief or completed a DoD (Department of 
Defense) approved ethics training presentation within the 12 months prior to 
the start of the SkillBridge program.
    f.  Have not previously completed, be currently participating in, or had 
participation terminated from an employment skills training program.

5.  SkillBridge is not an entitlement.  Commanding officers (COs) and 
officers in charge with non-judicial punishment authority maintain final 
approval authority.  COs have full authority to disapprove or modify 
participation based on mission requirements.
COs should carefully consider command readiness when granting permission to 
participate in the program in light of the fact that personnel backfills are 
not normally available until the actual separation/retirement date of the 
participant.
    a.  COs shall evaluate each request to participate in SkillBridge on the 
merits as they impact the individual Sailor and mission readiness.  Commands 
shall not implement any additional restrictions on participation based on 
such criteria as rank/grade, education, skills, length of service, etc.
    b.  Commands should establish a formal process to assess the impact of 
SkillBridge participation on mission readiness.
    c.  SkillBridge participation need not align with the Sailors military 
skill set.
    d.  Command policies or instructions should address application 
timelines, procedures and personnel accountability for participants, to 
include periodic contact with the command.
    e.  Commands will place all SkillBridge participants on permissive TDY 
travel orders for the duration of their program until commencement of 
separation, terminal leave, and permissive TDY, if authorized.  This applies 
to programs both outside and within the area of the Sailors PDS.
    f.  SkillBridge is considered official duty, authorized to be completed 
during normal work days and hours.  Commands will place Sailors in a duty-
free status while participating in SkillBridge.

6.  Sailors may only participate in a SkillBridge program with industry 
partners or employers that have an approved memorandum of understanding (MOU) 
with the DoD.  A list of approved programs can be found on the SkillBridge 
web portal, located at https://skillbridge.osd.mil/organizations.htm.  
Organizations listed on the website are in good standing with DoD.  COs will 
only approve participation through the end of the approved MOU in cases where 
a partners MOU will expire during a Sailors requested SkillBridge period.  
COs may extend a Sailors participation if the MOU is renewed prior to 
expiration.
    a.  COs may not enter into an MOU to approve an employer or industry 
partner as a SkillBridge provider.
    b.  Installation COs may enter into MOUs with DoD approved providers for 
the purpose of operating a SkillBridge program on base.
    c.  A participation MOU or other similar agreement required by a 
SkillBridge provider to outline roles and responsibilities of each party 
(provider, Sailor, command) is authorized.

7.  Sailors receiving special and incentive (S and I) pays who participate in 
SkillBridge will be treated as if they are on separation leave or long term 
TDY with respect to continued eligibility for S and I pays.  If the policy 
for a particular S and I pay requires payments to stop when the member is on 
long term TDY or separation leave, commands must take action to stop the 
applicable S and I pay.  For those S and I pays not required by policy to 
stop for long term TDY or separation leave, COs will carefully consider the 
impact to mission readiness due to the loss of the critical skill in question 
before approving SkillBridge.  In line with reference (f), S and I pays are 
directly tied to incentivizing retention of critical skills for Navy 
missions, therefor COs are empowered to disapprove SkillBridge requests if 
they feel that allowing a Sailor to receive S and I pay during SkillBridge 
participation would inappropriately impact readiness.

8.  Registration Procedures:
    a.  To ensure accurate record keeping, effective immediately, any Sailor 
intending to participate in SkillBridge shall register with the OPNAV 
SkillBridge Registrar up to 365 days before expected date of separation.  
This shall be completed via encrypted email from the Sailor to the address in 
paragraph 11, with their command career counselor carbon copied.  Email must 
include the Sailors name, rate/designator, paygrade, name of the SkillBridge 
provider, as well as type of program (e.g. internship, skills training, or 
apprenticeship), location and desired dates of the program.
    b.  The OPNAV SkillBridge Registrar will record the Sailors intent to 
participate and respond to the Sailor and the command career counselor via 
email.  This acknowledgement shall then be routed to the CO with the Sailors 
request to participate.
    c.  COs may only approve SkillBridge requests from Sailors possessing 
acknowledgement of registration from the OPNAV SkillBridge Registrar.

9.  Upon CO approval of a registered SkillBridge participant, the command 
will enter the Sailor into Fleet Training, Management and Planning System to 
record SkillBridge participation as early as possible.  Course identification 
numbers for SkillBridge are S-3A-060 for programs between 1 and 60 days, S-
3A-0120 for courses between 61 and 120 days and S-3A-0180 for courses between 
121 and 180 days.  Commands must enter the date the Sailors SkillBridge 
program begins in the completion date field.  The command should notify the 
OPNAV SkillBridge Registrar of any registered Sailor who was disapproved so 
that they can be removed from the database.

10.  Use of travel funds to participate in SkillBridge is not authorized.  
Shipment of household goods is only permitted upon receipt of separation 
orders.

11.  Direct all questions regarding SkillBridge policy to 
navy_skillbridge.fct(at)navy.mil or by phone at (703)604-5310.

12.  This message will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, 
whichever occurs first.

13.  Released by Vice Admiral Richard J. Cheeseman Jr., N1.//

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FY23 Enlisted to Medical Degree Prep Program

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SUBJ/FISCAL YEAR 2023 ENLISTED TO MEDICAL DEGREE PREPARATORY PROGRAM 
ANNOUNCEMENT// 
 
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NARR/REF A IS BUMEDINST 1500.31, UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF 
THE HEALTH SCIENCES ENLISTED TO MEDICAL DEGREE PREPARATORY PROGRAM. 
REF B IS NAVADMIN 177/17, NUCLEAR TRAINED SAILOR APPLICATIONS TO 
OFFICER COMMISSIONING PROGRAMS AND MODIFICATION TO FY-19 NUCLEAR 
LIMITED DUTY OFFICER IN-SERVICE PROCUREMENT BOARD PROCESS.// 
 
RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN solicits applications and provides guidance 
for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory 
Program (EMDP2). 
 
2.  The EMDP2 is a two-year undergraduate education program open to 
Sailors of all ratings who meet eligibility requirements in line 
with reference (a) and the EMDP2 website at 
https://medschool.usuhs.edu/academics/emdp2.  The EMDP2 is a 
partnership between the Uniformed Services University of the Health 
Sciences (USUHS) and the military services to provide an opportunity 
for highly motivated, academically promising enlisted Service 
Members.  The EMDP2 consists of intensive coursework, preparation, 
and mentoring to prepare students for application to medical school. 
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be 
competitive for acceptance to medical schools in the United States. 
 
3.  Selectees are assigned to USUHS in Bethesda, MD, for two years. 
Individuals selected for the EMDP2 program will remain on active 
duty while completing coursework and will receive pay, allowances, 
benefits and privileges of their current paygrade.  Selectees will 
receive permanent change of station orders to USUHS for the entire 
length of the course.  USUHS will pay all school expenses (books, 
tuition, labs, etc.) for the entire length of the course. 
 
4.  Deadline for submission of applications for FY-23 enrollment is 
2359 Eastern Time on 30 September 2022.  Application packages must 
be received on or before the deadline.  No additional documents or 
packages will be accepted after this date.  Application requirements 
are specified on the EMDP2 website in paragraph 2. 
 
5.  Strict adherence to package submission requirements will be a 
primary factor for selection.  Applicants must review their package 
in its entirety before submission.  A minimum score of *Good* on the 
latest physical fitness assessment and qualifying Scholastic 
Assessment Test/American College Test scores are required. 
 
6.  Applicants assigned to a nuclear training command or who hold a 
nuclear Navy enlisted classification (N13O, N13S, N14O, N14S, N15O, 
N15S, N16O, N16S, N23O, N23S, N24O, N24S, N25O, N25S, N26O, N26S, 
N59X, N89X) must obtain a conditional release from their nuclear 
field duty before submitting an EMDP2 application for consideration 
for the FY-23 board, in line with reference (b).  To obtain a 
conditional release, applicants must submit an enlisted personnel 
action request (NAVPERS 1306/7) to the Nuclear Propulsion Program 
Manager (OPNAV N133) via the detailer at Enlisted Nuclear 
Power/Submarine assignments (PERS-403).  The FY-23 board will only 
consider nuclear enlisted candidates who have a conditional release 
included in their EMDP2 application. 
 
7.  Completed electronic applications and supporting documents 
should be submitted via Department of Defense Safe at 
https://safe.apps.mil/ to the following e-mail address EMDP2- 
application(at)usuhs.edu.  If documents are encrypted, e-mail the 
passphrase to EMDP2-application(at)usuhs.edu.  Use the following 
naming convention for e-mails and document file names:  LAST NAME 
(all caps), matriculation year, and last four digits of social 
security number, plus any other identifier you choose.  Applicants 
can verify receipt of documents by phone at (301) 319-0590 or e-mail 
EMDP2-application(at)usuhs.edu. 
 
8.  General questions on the EMDP2 should be sent to 
EMDP2(at)usuhs.edu.  Point of contact for Navy service-specific 
inquiries is HMCS Jessica L. Aragon, Office of the Hospital Corps, 
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, at (703) 681-8941 or e-mail at 
Jessica.L.Aragon2.mil(at)mail.mil. 
 
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Navy Attache Program

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REF/A/DOC/SECNAVINST 1300.16/20MAY19// 
REF/B/DOC/OPNAVINST 1301.11/19AUG14// 
REF/C/DOC/MILPERSMAN 1301-207/3FEB15// 
REF/D/DOC/MILPERSMAN 1306-914/6JUN17// 
 
NARR/REF A IS SECRETARY OF THE NAVY INSTRUCTION PRESCRIBING POLICY AND 
PUBLISHING GUIDANCE GOVERNING DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY SUPPORT TO THE DEFENSE 
ATTACHE SERVICE.   
REF B IS CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR REF A.   
REF C IS MILPERSMAN ARTICLE PROVIDING INFORMATION ON ATTACHE CANDIDATE 
APPLICATION AND SELECTION CRITERIA.   
REF D IS MILPERSMAN ARTICLE PROVIDING INFORMATION ON ENLISTED CANDIDATE 
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POC/EPLEY/CIV/NIA-N3/TEL:  (301)669-2663 
/EMAIL:  TODD.N.EPLEY.CIV(AT)US.NAVY.MIL// 
 
RMKS/1.  This naval message provides information and updates on the Navys 
participation in the Defense Attache Service (DAS) for Navy personnel. 
 
2.  The Navy looks to its most qualified and capable officers and enlisted 
personnel to fill demanding and rewarding positions as Senior Defense 
Officials/Defense Attaches, Naval Attaches, Assistant Naval Attaches, 
Operations Coordinators and Operations Assistants in exotic and unique 
locations.  They will serve as a part of the U.S. Defense Attache Office 
team, based at U.S. Embassies in 78 countries.  All candidates are trained at 
the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) 13-week Joint Military Attache 
School, and depending on their assigned country, extensive language training 
may be provided prior to arriving on station.  Naval Attaches are the voice 
of the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) and Chief of Naval Operations, 
articulating policies as well as Navy strategy to a host nation.  Naval 
Attaches observe and report information to reduce strategic surprise, and 
call attention to issues that will affect U.S. interests in time for decision 
makers to act. Naval Attaches have provided observations that have been 
briefed at the highest levels of government.  Our Naval Attaches build 
strong, lasting relationships with partners who share a common vision of 
maritime security.  As part of the U.S. Embassy country team and in support 
of the Ambassadors objectives, Naval Attaches play a critical role in 
enhancing relationships in host nations which are not traditional or long-
time partners. 
 
3.  SECNAV considers the Navy’s contribution to the DAS as one of his most 
critical responsibilities, as expanded upon in references (a) and (b).  For 
Naval Attaches, SECNAV is the final approval authority for officers nominated 
to serve in the DAS under DIA.  The Director of Naval Intelligence manages 
the day-to-day operation of the Navy Attache Program as detailed in reference 
(c). 
 
4.  For those who meet the selection criteria of reference (d), service in 
the DAS offers unique opportunities for the best and most highly qualified 
Navy personnel.  Through a robust, competitive selection and training 
process, service members and their families will ultimately be posted at U.S. 
Embassies around the world in one of more than 150 DAS positions. 
    a.  Over the next year, Navy Attache Affairs will screen for attache 
    positions in:  Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, 
    Cameroon, Chile, China, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, France, Germany, 
    Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, 
Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, 
Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, United Arab 
Emirates, Ukraine, and United Kingdom. 
    b.  In addition, exceptional Limited Duty Officer/Chief Warrant Officer 
and enlisted personnel will be able to screen as Operations Coordinators 
(OPSCO) and Operations Assistants (OPSAsst) positions in:  Australia, China, 
Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Malaysia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, United 
Kingdom, Uruguay, and Vietnam. 
 
5.  To demonstrate the importance SECNAV places on duty at DAOs, as discussed 
in reference (a), procedures are in place at Navy Personnel Command (NPC) to 
expand the eligibility for DAS assignments.  Active promotion and advertising 
of the program has been implemented and NPC is working to further incentivize 
and reward DAS service through statutory promotion board 
precepts.  Additionally, these tours frequently offer language training, 
Foreign Language Proficiency Pay, and Special Duty Assignment Pay for 
enlisted personnel. 
 
6.  For additional information about these exceptional opportunities visit 
the following Navy Personnel Command webpages: 
    a.  Attache and OPSCO positions:  https://www.mynavyhr.navy.mil/Career-
Management/Detailing/Officer/Attache/ 
    b.  OPSAsst positions:  https://www.mynavyhr.navy.mil/Career-
Management/Detailing/Enlisted/Shore-Special/Embassy-Duty/ 
 
7.  This message will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, 
whichever occurs first. 
 
8.  Released by VADM Jeffrey E. Trussler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations 
for Information Warfare, OPNAV N2N6.// 
 
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Surgeon General Dive In Series

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The Navy Medicine Surgeon General’s Diversity, Inclusion, Value and Equity Interactive discussion or DIVE-IN is a series of conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion. The recorded discussions encourage deck plate conversation about contemporary issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other identifying differences that make our society unique and diverse.  While there have been many points in history where society reflects on expectations of diversity and inclusion, the summer of 2020 presented a real opportunity for change.  Across Navy medicine leaders are seizing the moment to reflect upon their roles and find opportunities to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within their organizations. Shared perspectives and experiences gained through conversation make us a better informed, more connected, inclusive and stronger One Navy Medicine.

https://www.med.navy.mil/About-Us/Leadership/Surgeon-General/Surgeon-General-Dive-In-Series/

Call for Participants – Joint Medical Executive Skills Institute (JMESI) – CAPSTONE for MHS Leaders Course

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Who:  Senior Medical Officers (commanders, lead agents, and senior medical department officers in key staff positions)

What:  Joint Medical Executive Skills Institute (JMESI) – CAPSTONE for MHS Leaders Course

When:  November 14-17, 2022 (Virtual – only 6 seats for Medical Corps)

Where:  Virtually via MS Teams

Course Description:  The Capstone Course is designed to be a pinnacle event for recently assigned senior military treatment facility commanders, lead agents, and senior medical department officers in key staff positions who will benefit from exposure to and familiarity with entities that shape the MHS. The course provides participants with exposure to the operations of the various organizations within the Department of Defense, pertinent congressional staff, and the offices of the three Surgeons General.

Additional details and objectives can be found here:

https://health.mil/MHSHome/Training%20Center/LEADS/Capstone%20Course%20for%20MHS%20Leaders

Prospective applicants should send a CV and BIO that includes current position, work address, and phone to CAPT Rhett Barrett NLT 1200 Friday, August 26, 2022.

CNO Navigation Plan – 2022 Update

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RMKS/1.  Shipmates, I am proud to announce the release of Navigation Plan 
2022. 
This document surveys the state of our Navy and provides direction on our 
future.  Navigation Plan 2022 builds upon the solid foundation set by last 
year's NAVPLAN and takes into account three significant developments. 
 
2.  First, earlier this year, the Secretary of Defense released the 2022 
National Defense Strategy (NDS), which sets out how the Department of Defense 
(DoD) will contribute to advancing and safeguarding U.S. national interests. 
The NDS is clear about the formidable challenges our adversaries pose to the 
international rules-based order, as evidenced by China's and Russia's blatant 
attempts to reshape the security environment to their advantage.  In response 
to these challenges, the NDS introduces "integrated deterrence" as a unifying 
principle for the DoD.  Additionally, the NDS identifies "campaigning" and 
"building enduring advantages" as the additional ways through which we will 
achieve our Nation's goals.  In support of these ways, the NDS calls for 
updated operational concepts, including the Joint Warfighting Concept (JWC), 
to align capabilities and missions across the Services.  Our Navy plays a 
unique and critical role in supporting the NDS:  a ready, combat-credible, 
forward deployed fleet is the most potent, flexible, and versatile instrument 
of military power. Nested under the Secretary of the Navy's Strategic 
Guidance and the Tri-Service Maritime Strategy, Navigation Plan 2022 outlines 
how we will continue adapting to the security environment in order to fulfill 
our singular role as part of the Joint Force defending our Nation. 
 
3.  Second, Navigation Plan 2022 accounts for the progress we have made and 
what we have learned as a result of the NAVPLAN Implementation Framework 
(NIF).  The NIF has accelerated our progress in 18 separate focus areas, but 
we still have much work to do.  To continue delivering the outcomes called 
for in the NIF, Navigation Plan 2022 identifies a supported commander for 
each objective, promoting alignment, accountability, coordination, and 
collaboration.  We have made significant progress this past year, breaking 
through stovepipes and turning priorities into tangible action.  However, we 
must accelerate key capabilities, such as our ability to shoot, maneuver, 
defend, and resupply, while building momentum in additional critical areas, 
including:  live, virtual, and constructive (LVC) training, the Naval 
Operational Architecture, artificial intelligence, and unmanned systems. 
 
4.  Third, Navigation Plan 2022 directs necessary course corrections to the 
design of our future force. Six overarching Force Design Imperatives--
Distance, Deception, Defense, Distribution, Delivery, and Decision Advantage-
-will guide the development of our naval capabilities and enable us to employ 
our warfighting concepts. These imperatives will feed an "engine" of strategy 
that will better inform our budget choices-leveraging wargaming, analysis, 
research, experimentation, and disruptive technology.  The Deputy Chief of 
Naval Operations for Warfighting Development (OPNAV N7) will become the 
supported commander responsible for developing, maintaining, and refining the 
Navy's Force Design vision. A collaborative, continuous, and iterative Force 
Design process will energize our modernization efforts and help us maintain 
our maritime advantage in this critical decade and beyond. 
 
5.  Ultimately, Navigation Plan 2022 reflects the Get Real, Get Better call 
to action we are now adopting throughout our Navy.  The rapidly increasing 
capabilities of our adversaries and their demonstrated intent to threaten 
our national interests demand that we focus on continuous improvement. 
We must courageously self-assess, deliberately self-correct, and continuously 
learn. Navigation Plan 2022 acknowledges identified shortcomings and barriers 
to our future progress, while charting the path forward to overcome them. 
 
6.  Everything in Navigation Plan 2022 supports our four overarching 
priorities: 
Readiness, Capabilities, Capacity, and Sailors.  We must maintain readiness, 
keeping combat-credible forces forward in order to protect the free and open 
system underpinning American security and prosperity.  We must possess 
capabilities to deter war and, if needed, win in conflict.  We must build 
capacity that will enable us to deliver sea control and project power.  And 
we must lead, train, and equip our Sailors to out-think and out-fight any 
adversary. 
 
7.  I expect all Navy leaders to read Navigation Plan 2022, which is 
available on the Navy.mil website 
(https://www.navy.mil/Leadership/Chief-of-Naval-Operations/). 
Each one of us has an important role to play, and our success depends on 
executing this Navigation Plan as a team. 
 
8.  Released by Admiral Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations.// 
 
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