Improving NEC Fit
CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ARLINGTON VA
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Navy enlisted classifications NECs denote special skills beyond those associated with a rating. They are used in defining manpower requirements and in managing personnel by tracking sailors who have acquired these skills. NEC Fit is one of two primary metrics that Navy leadership uses to assess enlisted fleet manning. It has been scrutinized for several years because fleet levels have been below target goals. This study identifies major issues that prevent the Navy from achieving higher NEC Fit and recommends actions to mitigate those issues and improve fleet Fit levels. Many processes and factors affect NEC Fit. This study focuses on enlisted distribution, ship modernization, and the executability of NEC requirements. It examines the distribution process to determine whether it is aligned to maximize NEC Fit, analyzes how and why system upgrades affect NEC Fit, and investigates fleet NEC requirements to determine whether their paygrade structures impede higher Fit levels.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations