By CNRF Public Affairs
Policies must be designed to ensure the Navy Reserve Force is warfighting ready and maximizes lethality for the Navy, Marine Corps and Joint Forces. When policies are enacted with an effective understanding of the day-to-day life of a Reserve Sailor, the Reserve force can be positioned to make a huge impact.
Acting as a conduit for systemic issues from the perspective of drilling Reserve Sailors, the Navy Reserve Policy Board (NRPB), convened by Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command (CNRFC), reviews idea submissions from a large variety of sources; and, if selected for recommendation, forwards to CNRFC for final review and deposition.
Policy change recommendations which require Secretary of the Navy approval or legislative changes are forwarded to the NNRPB who advise the Secretary of the Navy and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower & Reserve Affairs on policy matters.
Where do the Navy Reserve Policy Boards get ideas for change and how do the boards decide what to change?
The ideas come from you. The Navy Reserve Policy Board actively solicits recommendations year-round, and Sailors may submit recommendations online by clicking “Workplace” and “NRPB” on the Navy Reserve Homeport or by visiting the Innovation Portal at www.R2W.navy.mil. Many factors are considered during deliberations, but the boards always ask the same questions:
• What is the benefit of a suggested change to the Navy Reserve?
• Is the change good for the Navy as a whole?
• How does this balance the personal benefits to members of the Reserve against the costs and value to the Navy?
• Is the change consistent with Navy total force policies?
How does the change contribute to lethality, force readiness and WARFIGHTING READINESS?
Ultimately, deliberations are guided by considering how a suggested change will affect the everyday Sailor and overall mission readiness.
What if the recommended change is bigger than the Navy?
The board receives many great ideas that are beneficial for the force and beneficial for Sailors, but sometimes the governing policies or regulations that need to be adjusted to implement the recommended changes are outside the scope of control of the Navy Reserve or even the Navy. When this happens, the NNRPB forwards recommendations to the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB).
Comprised of members from the seven Reserve components and professional and business civilian leaders from industry and academia, the RFPB advises the Secretary of Defense on strategies, policies and practices designed to improve and enhance the capabilities, efficiency and effectiveness of the Reserve component. By law, the RFPB is a federal advisory committee within the Office of the Secretary of Defense whose activities are published at https://rfpb.defense.gov/.
Who can become an NRPB/NNRPB board member?
Each Spring an ALNAVRESFOR message is released soliciting nominations for membership on both the NRPB and NNRPB. Nominations are open to Reserve nominees in the grades of E-7 to E-9, Chief Warrant Officer and O-3 to O-6 to fill board member vacancies for a 3-year commitment. See ALNAVRESFOR 016/20 for additional details and to apply for board membership.
Using the Navy Reserve Idea Portal you can submit your own innovative ideas, policy recommendations and proposals for how we can take better care of our Sailors through the CNRFC Staff, Reserve leadership and NRPB.
The CNRFC Staff and Ready to Win teams routinely review submissions to the Idea Portal and provide subject matter expert responses to the members. You will recieve feedback on the status of submissions and are encouraged to follow up with questions along the process.
Submit your ideas today through the Idea Portal at: https://www.r2w.navy.mil.