Stephanie Kung shares how she has “defied the odds” by going from an IT intern to a Chief Information Officer at the Department of Defense.
What Online Learning Should I Complete To Be Competitive To Be Selected As A Chief In The Navy
Chief Education Officers (CEOs) work to connect the maritime industry to technical educational programs which are among the fastest growing business segments in the world. Generally, colleges can cost $30,000-$60,000 per year with 10-30 courses. Navy staff who must master these subjects and pass exams were created when the Navy completed a research project, and they are required for promotion to chiefs, not just to the chief of Navy Operations.
I don’t have to explain to you how important Navy training is to achieve promotion. You only have to look at what the United States has been through recently. Medical professionals and our water warriors have had some of the most stringent training requirements; the reason the United States became the most powerful nation in the world was due to training, not war. No military operations were planned in advance, but Americans trained, how they retrained to get them to where they needed to be. Military manufacturing isn’t easy. We need to look at new technologies, new concepts, we need to have the right craftsmen to make it all work. We need engineers who know what they are doing, for the newest computer systems, and in the trades.
So we live in a changing world and there is a military technology crisis – we don’t know how to fight, yet, no one wants to let our technological leaders become obsolete. There is a problem. Too many posts are open on the talent management committee and not enough promotions are going to sailors who have had outstanding record with all these military industries. You can apply to be a Chief at CHES, and I’m talking about the top 30% of master enlisted sailors, but there are only 52 spots available. The majority of applications aren’t being considered – we are losing everyone and everybody.
Here is what we know: over the last five years we have lost more than 300,000 of our naval professionals to retirement. New technologies have become more difficult and faster to maintain while at the same time maintaining mission requirements at the same time.
The first step for me in getting CEA’s around the table is to make sure they understand what happens to people when they leave the civilian or military workforce. Not just experienced, senior military and naval service professionals leave the workplace for more money. We currently have some of the best and brightest at careers like “The Leland Group” – what I think may be the worst name ever. Since it is a company that “makes things, big things” – it looks like someone was trying to make a statement – only it isn’t a statement, it is a joke. Why I’m sure to create some more backlash to my name, I’ll never know!
Career opportunities in innovation and technology are hard to keep due to the fact that it is not a guaranteed job, and more than likely will change over time as new technology becomes available, and that is why I believe we need the Right Craftsmen in the Workforce.
I am sad to say that many of the women I used to work with are moving from industries that serve men, to areas where men and women are serving, while actually having opportunities to serve in a staff position with little chance of promotion. I need to know if my suggestions have been fully considered by my peers.
Are you interested in learning, or do you have questions you would like answered on new trends in naval education? You may contact me through our website. When I reach out to other chiefs to see what we can come up with in a creative way to get the answers we need, then we will stop to get some ideas on the tech development side. We need to look to our private sector counterparts to see what they are doing, because the Navy isn’t alone when it comes to the future workforce. If you have an idea you’d like to share, please send me a message so I can get back to you.