Naval War College Review


John E. Jackson


In January 2013, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) released the Navy Leader Development Strategy (NLDS), which outlines the key elements of professional development for all sailors, from E-1 to O-10. This top-level emphasis echoes the sentiment of former CNO Admiral Arleigh Burke, as quoted above. The strategy defines a career-long Navy Leader Development Continuum that integrates four core elements: experience, education, training, and personal development. Since its launch, the NLDS has been embraced widely as a clear and concise tool that individuals and commands can use to help craft development paths tailored to their specific needs. In January 2016, CNO Admiral John Richardson maintained the momentum by calling on all hands to “strengthen and broaden leadership development programs to renew and reinforce the Navy Team’s dedication to the naval profession.”