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MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Sailors in Japan will soon have the opportunity to explore the benefits of Sailor 2025 and its impact upon their professional lives during an upcoming visit by the Navy's 2018 Career Development Symposium (CDS). 

The CDS is scheduled to take place in the Yokosuka Fleet Theatre Jan. 16-17, and the Sasebo Base Chapel, Jan. 18-19.

The idea behind CDS is to give Sailors valuable career information and help them better manage their careers by allowing them to tailor programs to meet individual career goals.

"I want to welcome all our Sailors and their family members to our 2018 CDS," said Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke. "I look forward to talking with you about all the great opportunities available to you, how to maximize the Sailor 2025 initiatives and get your direct feedback on how we can make our Navy better."

Sailors will hear from Navy leadership, enlisted community managers and detailers on how to take advantage of current benefits, and also get updates on new ones being offered. Key topics will include changes to Career Management System Interactive Detailing (CMS-ID), re-design of the performance evaluation system and information on Voluntary Education and advancement.

"We are very excited to bring the Sailor development and management teams to the waterfront. Not only is it a great opportunity to serve Fleet Sailors and commands directly, this event also allows us to try new concepts in providing the quality of advice, communication and service Sailors and commands expect from their Navy," said Rear Admiral John F. Meier, assistant commander, Navy Personnel Command for Career Management.

Meier will join CNP Burke and Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Fleet Master Chief Russell Smith in outlining assignment policy changes and how Sailors will be affected.

Also, Ombudsman-at-Large Dr. Barbara Burke will speak with spouses concerning family preparedness and to answer questions.

"I look forward to visiting with our Sailors and family members in Japan during the upcoming Career Development Symposium," she said. "I welcome the opportunity to talk with everyone about a number of initiatives we are working on to improve family readiness and hear about any ideas or concerns those stationed in Japan may have."

Live streaming and interactive aspects of the symposium are scheduled. Sailors interested in viewing the livestream sessions in Yokosuka and participating in interactive live polling events at both locations should watch for details on Commander, Naval Forces Japan's social media platform: https://www.facebook.com/COMNAVFORJAPAN/.

Sailor 2025 is comprised of nearly 45 initiatives to improve and modernize personnel management and training systems to more effectively recruit, develop, manage, reward and retain the force of tomorrow. It is focused on empowering Sailors, updating policies, procedures and operating systems, and providing the right training at the right time in the right way to ensure Sailors are ready for the fleet. Sailor 2025 is organized into three main lines of effort, specifically Personnel System Modernization, Ready Relevant Learning and Career Readiness. 

For more details regarding CDS, explore the CDS Webpage at https://go.usa.gov/xnp7P

For more news from Navy Personnel Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/npc/

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