Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Roger Drumheller, command career counselor, said CSS's sincere commitment to Sailorization and family readiness were the key factors in earning the award.
"CSS is here to support and aid Sailors in both their professional and personal goals," said Drumheller. "Every learning center and schoolhouse in our training domain are equipped to help Sailors balance career options with up to date career information. Each command sets the tone which determines whether our Sailors and their families choose to stay Navy."
The Retention Excellence Award is given once a year to those commands that have met or exceeded the Chief of Naval Operations' retention goals for two or more quarters. Awardees selected achieved a score of 85 points on their annual command career information program review in addition to meeting benchmarks which have shown effective programs strengthen support for Sailors.
Drumheller also said through Brilliant on the Basics and adherence to Navy programs which address sponsorship, indoctrination, career development boards, mentorship, individual recognition and a rigorous ombudsman/family outreach program, CSS exemplifies the standard for quality of life initiatives and has provided a tremendous impact on Sailor performance, behavior and retention.
According to Command Master Chief (SW/SCW/AW) Ray Rosado, many programs such as mentorship, sponsorship program, and consistent Career Development Boards (CDBs), are fundamental for successfully retaining top-notch Sailors. These programs are designed to help all Sailors build strong leadership skills, but also provide the opportunity for leadership to practice the same skills they teach.
"The credit for the program goes to the career counselors at the learning sites and schools," said Rosado. "We are successful because every program is supported by the command's leadership team. More importantly to me, is that CSS has built a strong reputation for being a sought after duty station. Earning this award represents our command's commitment to the growth and development of their Sailors and will serve as a solid foundation of training effectiveness and Sailorization."
CSS was established Feb. 7, 2003, in response to Naval Education and Training's (NETC) initiative to address challenges in Fleet training and to improve Sailors' professional development products and processes. In streamlining the business of delivering training, NETC charged 15 learning centers like CSS with specific areas of naval training. NETC organized the centers around their functional areas and appropriately aligned schools and respective training sites to each center.
CSS and its learning sites provide Sailors with the knowledge and skills needed to support the fleet's warfighting mission. More than 300 staff and faculty work hand-in-hand with the fleet and are dedicated to ensure training is current and well executed on behalf of 10,000 Sailors who graduate from CSS courses annually in the administration, logistics and media communities.