25 Oct '13, 10pm

Navy: No intention to involuntarily separate sailors in 2014 | Navy Times

Navy: No intention to involuntarily separate sailors in 2014 | Navy Times

Navy officials are insisting that involuntary separations of sailors would be unlikely this year, despite looming budget cuts. “Navy leadership has no intention of using involuntary separations as a way of offsetting budget cuts,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris Servello, spokesman for the chief of naval personnel, in a statement to Navy Times. While cuts to the service will cause reduced Navy numbers “over time,” Servello said, “we do not intend to force sailors out as a way of dealing with budget reductions.” Servello issued this statement Friday in light of a Military.com report that quoted Robert Hale, the Defense Department’s chief financial officer, as saying that reduction-in-force orders were likely in the Navy. Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban said Hale’s comments were misrepresented. Hale said that RIFs in the Navy could be a possibility — not that they were likely, Urba...

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