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    NRFI Mobilize the Force Update

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    Vice Adm. John Mustin, Chief of Navy Reserve and Commander, Navy Reserve Force and Rear Adm. Michael Steffen, Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command, provide a progress update on the “Mobilize the Force” Line of Effort of the Navy Reserve Fighting Instructions (NRFI). NRFI’s other three lines of effort include Design, Train and Develop the Force. NRFI is Vice Adm. Mustin’s action plan to transform the Navy Reserve for an era of strategic competition.


    VADM Mustin: Shipmates…Vice Admiral John Mustin, Chief of Navy Reserve and Commander, Navy Reserve Force, here, with another update on our important and urgent transformation of the Reserve Force.

    You’ve recently heard from the Chief of Naval Operations, and our Navy Reserve Fighting Instructions lines of effort leads Rear Admiral Ted LeClair and Rear Admiral Bob Clark with updates to our Design the Force and Train the Force programs.

    I’m joined today by my friend, Rear Admiral Mike Steffen, who leads the Mobilize the Force line of effort. I’m counting on him to ensure that we can rapidly mobilize 50,000 Reserve Sailors within 30 days. That is what is expected by our leaders if the Reserve Force is called upon to respond to crisis or conflict. Mike, what has your team been up to?

    RADM Steffen: Thank you, CNR.

    Shipmates, over the last two years, our Navy Reserve Force has improved mobilization readiness and implemented enhancements that enable us to mass mobilize the force within 30 days should circumstances demand it.

    One of the big changes we have made is the creation of adaptive mobilization pathways. Not every mobilization is the same, and we can’t use cookie cutter approaches for every scenario. With adaptive mobilization, the process of activating a reserve sailor and mobilizing her into an active billet is tailored to the mission requirements of the billet itself. We want our processes to make sense for you and the job you are going to do.

    Building on the adaptive mobilization concept, we have more mobilization processing sites across the country. All six of our REDCOMS and five operational units now have local mobilization capability, and we will add six more units to that list in 2023, and even more in 2024 and beyond. By distributing mob capability and increasing the number of sites where sailors can mobilize, we will increase throughput and efficiency...and make the process easier on you.

    We have updated our processes to adapt mobilizations to billet requirements, distributed mobilization capacity, and we are exercising mobilization aggressively throughout the year to make sure we all get this right. Most, if not all of you, have participated in one of the four mass activation exercises we conducted in 2022. By exercising adaptive mobilization, we are continuously learning how to improve the process. These exercises will be part of our normal battle rhythm in the Reserve Force because our Navy is counting on us to be ready. That’s why we’re doing more exercises this year, too.

    The last thing I will mention is the Annual Readiness Questionnaire - “ARQ” - which we rolled out last year. You should all be familiar with ARQ. This tool provides real-time, transparent readiness information... Force-wide, to the unit-level, to each individual Sailor. This web-based application provides a simple and convenient way to rapidly report and manage mobilization readiness – which is a critical part of the strategic depth the Reserve Force provides. And it helps you – and us – avoid surprises, particularly in admin and medical readiness.

    Sir, back to you.

    VADM Mustin: thank you, Mike. Great work so far...and I know there’s more consequential work ahead. If we can mobilize the force as well as you grow a mustache, we will outpace any challenge.

    While Rear Admiral Steffen and his team are urgently pressing forward on the Mobilize the Force line of effort, we are also moving out on our three other lines of effort. As I mentioned, you’ve already heard our Design and Train the Force updates – stay tuned for an update on the progress Rear Admiral Nancy Lacore and her team have made on the Develop the Force line of effort.

    Keep up the great work, Shipmates. NRFI is our action plan to transform the Navy Reserve for an era of strategic competition. We certainly have much to be proud of, but there is still much to do.

    Battle Orders 2032 describes the vision for the Navy Reserve that is a culmination of the NRFI Lines of Effort over the next decade…a vision for how we will how we will organize, man, train, equip, and mobilize more efficiently. Innovation, speed, and efficiency will be baked in to the way we work as a Reserve Force in the coming decade. We will incorporate more automation, greater transparency, and more distributed means for satisfying mobilization requirements to improve the velocity and throughput required to mobilize the entire Force.

    And, I'm counting on every one of you to know how you factor into our collective warfighting capability. It starts with being mobilization – and mission ready. Do you know what your mobilization billet is? And what training is required to qualify? I expect you to answer “yes” to both questions.

    Now, let’s get busy.



    Date Taken: 03.20.2023
    Date Posted: 03.20.2023 16:07
    Category: Video Productions
    Video ID: 876937
    VIRIN: 230320-N-LO372-0001
    Filename: DOD_109520131
    Length: 00:04:25
    Location: DC, US

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