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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan – Citing record retention and recent steps to thin the ranks, the Navy announced a new Civilian Careers Campaign to attract some of the sailors let go back into the Navy as civilian employees.

The campaign was announced at the Navy’s Office of Civilian Human Resources leadership conference Thursday by Juan Garcia III, Assistant Secretary of the Navy in Manpower and Reserve Affairs, a Navy news release said.

The campaign is being launched to update and modernize tools and processes in recruiting non-military personnel and veterans to civilian careers, according to the release.

“With an unprecedented level of retention we had to make some very tough decisions,” Garcia said in the release. “We had to ask a lot of great Americans and exceptional sailors to leave the active component. But, it is important to know that over 50 percent of our civilian teammates are veterans, and we need more of those folks to go from shipmates to workmates.”

Sailors slated for separation or those already separated can find out more information on job opportunities in the Navy’s civilian sector at http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/Vets/Pages/Default.aspx.

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