New data taken from the Navy Retention Monitoring System has revealed that the US Navy exceeded retention benchmarks for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, reflecting the interest of sailors to remain in service despite a strong national economy.

As part of the ongoing Retention Excellence Award (REA) criteria, Zones A and B sailors in their first ten years of service decided to continue their service at reenlistment rates of 64% and 72%, respectively.

Those in the 10-14 year windows, Zone C sailors, also met benchmarks with reenlistment rates of 85%.

Chief of Naval Personnel vice admiral John Nowell said: “We are building the navy the nation needs. These retention numbers signify that Sailors want to stay navy.

“By retaining our best and brightest, we reduce recruiting and training costs and ultimately make us a better warfighting force.”

The data released coincides with the release of FY20 retention benchmarks.

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At present, the Zone A attrition target is 4.5% or less. Benchmarks across all zones increased by 2% over the last year.

Commands will qualify for the golden anchor or retention excellence pennant for seagoing or shore commands, respectively, if they meet retention benchmarks for two quarters or the fiscal year.

Those who meet REA criteria are exempt from an inspection from their Type Commander (TYCOM) or Immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) assessment for at least two years.

Retention is part of #MyNAVYHR teams’ objectives to develop a 21st-century fighting force that is focused on sailor readiness and family welfare.