Analysis of Undesignated Work
Center for Naval Analyses Arlington United States
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The Navy consists of designated and undesignated work requirements. Over time, this mix fluctuates, causing changes to the force profile. Undesignated workload has decreased as Navy policy and manning constructs have changed. The accepted undesignated work requirement is 3 percent of the enlisted workload however, it could be as high as 27 percent. This wide range causes significant changes in billet requirements as the Navy establishes and reviews shipsquadron manning documents during the Manpower Requirements Determination MRD process. Changing requirements cause fluctuations in demand signals for undesignated sailors and have resulted in fleet manning issues, which are exacerbated by the Navys use of the undesignated work program as an end strength safety valve to balance its manpower accounts. A review of alternative management approaches for the undesignated workforce found that, despite issues with the Professional Apprenticeship Career Track PACT program, it is an improvement over past programs. Although PACT sailors do not produce enough undesignated work to meet requirements, improvements in the program and its execution could garner increased undesignated work production. Going forward, the Navy should look to improve program execution, tighten controls within the MRD process, and stabilize the demand.