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MILITARY PERSONNEL, Navy

WITNESS

REAR ADM. J. W. ROPER, CHIEF, NAVY PERSONNEL

Mr. Mahon. Will you proceed, Admiral?

Admiral HoPWOOD. The first witness on the appropriation "Personnel, Navy.” is Admiral Roper, Chief of Navy Personnel.

Admiral ROPER. I have a brief statement in connection with the first item, "Military personnel, Navy."

These estimates are based on increasing the planned end strength of the Navy from 43,580 officers to 67,514, and from 329,723 enlisted to 512,291; a total increase of 206,502.

The estimates represent a mathematical calculation based on a program of orderly personnel augmentation by means of selective calling up of the Naval Reserve and controlled recruiting. The program provides for bringing crews of presently commissioned ships and units to combat strength, as required, and for manning the ships and units scheduled for reactivation.

An additional item of $12,683,000 is included to provide for the increased cost of subsistence for the numbers included in the basic 1951 appropriation bill. Current actual costs are approximately 15. percent greater than the rates used in preparing the original estimates.

That is all I have for that item.

Mr. Mahon. Most of this is a matter of mathematical calculation, is it not?

Admiral ROPER. Yes.

Mr. MAHON. To take care of these additional men for this fiscal year?

Admiral ROPER. That is right.
(Discussion off the record.)
Mr. Mahon. Are there any questions of the Chief of Personnel?
Mr. SIKES. No questions.

Mr. TABER. These rates are at the same rates that were calculated in connection with the estimates for 1951 that have been passed on already?

Admiral ROPER. Yes sir; except that they are planned on a calculated phased input of these Reserves.

Mr. TABER. They are calculated on an average number that you will have?

Admiral ROPER. Yes, sir.

Mr. TABER. And the rates of subsistence and all that are calculated on the same basis as was allowed in the bill?

Admiral ROPER. Yes, sir.

SUMMARY JUSTIFICATION DATA

Mr. MAHON. We will insert the prepared justifications on this item.

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(1) An increase of $329,211,000 for an increase in active-duty strength.This provides for an increase in active-duty strength as follows:

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The revised requirement, 1951, of $1,302,418,000 does not include $5,897,000 for the pay and allowances of 682 officer and 1,226 enlisted spaces transferred by the Department of the Army to the Department of the Navy in connection with the transfer of Military Sea Transportation Service and Controlled Mining to the Navy. Transfer of funds in the foregoing amount from the Department of the Army to the Department of the Navy is anticipated under the authority of title IV, National Security Act. The personnel, however, are included in the officer and enlisted strengths indicated for the revised requirement, 1951. Subsistence in kind: Senate bill, 1951.

$81, 277, 000 Proposed supplemental.

49, 449, 000 Revised requirement, 1950.--

130, 726, 000

PROPOSED INCREASES IN PROGRAM

(1) An increase of $12,683,000 for increase in ration values.—This provides for the additional cost of subsistence in kind for the enlisted personnel in the Senate bill at ration values based on current price levels for food. The estimate for subsistence in kind contained in the Senate bill is computed at rates which are substantially below current levels for food prices.

(2) An increase of $36,766,000 for subsistence in kind for additional enlisted personnel. This provides for an average strength increase of 87,684 enlisted personnel who will be furnished subsistence in kind, and is computed at ration values based on current price levels for food.

The revised requirement, 1951, of $130,726,000 does not include $446,000 for the subsistence of 1,226 enlisted spaces transferred by the Department of the Army to the Department of the Navy in connection with the transfer of Military Sea Transportation Service and Controlled Mining to the Navy. Transfer of funds in the above amount from the Department of the Army to the Department of the Navy is anticipated under the authority of title IV, National Security Act. Travel, permanent change of station: Senate bill, 1951.

$22, 278, 000 Proposed supplemental.-

18, 112, 000 Revised requirement, 1951...

40, 390, 000

PROPOSED INCREASES IN PROGRAM

(1) An increase of $3,462,728 for travel of officers. - This provides for the travel of 22,000 Reserve officers from home to first duty station; and additional travel required for redistribution of personnel within the expanded Naval Establishment.

(2) An increase of $12,829,768 for travel of enlisted personnel.—This provides for the travel of 85,660 naval reservists from home to first duty station; travel of 99,000 additional recruits from recruiting station to training centers; and additional travel required for redistribution of personnel within the expanded Naval Establishment.

(3) An increase of $1,819,504 for transportation of dependents. This provides for transportation of dependents as authorized by law incident to orders to active duty; to change of permanent-duty station; and to change of home yard or home port of units.

Note.—No provision is made for increased costs which may be authorized by the joint travel regulations to be issued under the Career Compensation Act of 1949. Individual clothing and uniform gratuities: Senate bill, 1951.

$29, 794, 000 Proposed supplemental..

28, 444, 000 Revised requirement, 1951.-

58, 238, 000

PROPOSED INCREASES IN PROGRAM

(1) An increase of $ 150,000 for clothing allowances of Naval Reserve officers.This provides for payment of authorized clothing allowances to Naval Reserve officers on active duty:

(2) An increase of $28,294,000 for clothing allowances for enlisted personnel.This provides for initial clothing allowances for the additional enlisted personnel on the first enlistment or_first reporting for active duty; and for authorized maintenance allowances. The following additional enlisted personnel will require clothing allowances: (a) Reserves reporting to active duty, 85,660; (b) recruits on first enlistment, 99,000.

The revised requirement, 1951, of $58,238,000 does not include $43,000 for clothing allowances for 1,226 enlisted spaces transferred by the Department of the Army to the Department of the Navy in connection with the transfer of Military Sea Transportation Service and Controlled Mining to the Navy. Transfer of funds in the above amount from the Department of the Army to the Department of the Navy anticipated under the authority of title IV, National Security Act. Other individual military personnel costs: Senate bill, 1951.

$55, 879, 000 Proposed supplemental

273, 000 Revised requirement, 1951.

56, 152, 000 1951 supplemental Senate bill, 1951.

PROPOSED INCREASES IN PROGRAM

(1) An increase of $273,000 for 6 months' death gratuity payments.—The estimate is based on the assumption that two deaths will occur during the year for each thousand of the average active-duty strength. The increase in the estimate for 6 months' death gratuity is due to an increase in the average duty strength.

Navy PERSONNEL, GENERAL EXPENSES Mr. MAHON. Will you summarize the remaining portion of your request?

Admiral ROPER. Yes, sir. I have another brief statement on “Navy personnel, general expenses."

These estimates include certain collateral costs required to support the increased numbers of personnel in the naval establishment.

Included are the costs of reopening, rehabilitating, maintaining, and operating, expanded facilities for receiving, processing, distributing, and training personnel. These facilities have been held in reserve at the present active establishments. No new establishments are being constructed or reactivated.

Provision is also made for other expenses directly attributable to the increased numbers of personnel, including:

(a) Administrative and operating costs, both departmental and in the field.

(6) Expenses of the shore patrol.
(c) Welfare, morale, recreation, and religious guidance.

SUMMARY JUSTIFICATION DATA

Mr. Mahon. We will insert the prepared justifications at this point.

NAVAL PERSONNEL, GENERAL EXPENSES

$60, 533, 000 Proposed supplemental.

+19, 016, 000 Revised requirement, 1951.

79, 549, 000

Activity

Senate bill,

1951

Proposed in-
crease, 1951

Revised re-
quirement,

1951

+$9, 153,000

$31, 349, 900

8, 536, 900 5, 535, 400 13, 239, 300

Training, Navy-
Training, Naval Reserve.
Naval Academy.
Personnel support
Other personnel facilities and procurement of military

personnel.
Research and development.
Departmental administration.
Military occupational classification project.

$22, 196, 900

8, 536, 900
5, 535, 400
8, 406, 600
9,029, 300

183, 000
6,434, 900

210,000

+4,832, 700
+4, 352, 300

+678,000

13, 381, 600

183, 000 7, 112, 900

210, 000

Total..

60, 533,000

+19, 016, 000

79, 549, 000

Training, Navy:

Senate bill, 1951..
Proposed supplemental.

$22, 196, 900

9, 153, 000

Revised requirement, 1951.

31, 349, 900

PROPOSED INCREASES IN PROGRAM

(1) An increase of $1,868,800 for Direct training and instruction.—This will provide for recruit training as required; for the training of increased numbers of personnel at service schools; for increased operational (functional) training; and for the installation of additional training equipment utilized by these trainees. It will also provide funds for additional procurement of training aids, texts, and other required training media.

(2) An increase of $7,284,200 for Rehabilitation, maintenance, and operation of facilities.

.—This will provide for the opening and rehabilitation of facilities now in reserve at active training extablishments; and for the increased maintenance and operating costs generated by the increased training load. Training, Naval Reserve: Senate bill, 1951.

$8, 536, 900 Proposed supplemental.

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(1) An increase of $.100,000 for "Personnel accounting machine installations.". These machine installations perform the personnel accounting function for the Navy in the field. Due to the increase in number of personnel, additional funds are required for equipment rental and consumable supplies.

(2) An increase of $200,000 for Shore patrol expenses.—The planned increase in numbers will require additional personnel to be assigned to shore-patrol duties during off-duty hours. The funds requested provide for necessary expenses of these personnel while away from their duty station.

(3) An increase of $4,025,000 for Welfare, morale and recreation.—The planned expansion program generates an immédiate need for initial outfits of welfare, morale, and recreational material for newly reactivated ships and units; plus an increased continuing need for sustaining material, including additional motion picture programs and prints, library books, and items required for the conduct of religious services. Nonappropriated funds have been depleted to the point where these requirements can only be met by the provision of additional appropriated funds.

(4) An increase of $51,700 for "Identification tags, chains, and cards."-All members of the naval service are required to have two identification tags and one identification card. This provides the required items for personnel included in the increment.

(5) An increase of $321,000 for "Personal services in Naval District Headquarters.”—This increase provides for the salaries of 50 additional civilian personnel engaged in the processing and distribution of military personnel in the district headquarters, and for overtime for civilian employees as required.

(6) An increase of $135,000 for "Printing and reproduction,and Travel."This provides for printing and reproduction of additional forms and materials required in the field in connection with the administration of increased personnel numbers; and for necessary temporary additional duty travel of military personnel.

Other personnel facilities and procurement of militaty personnel: Senate bill, 1951.--

$9, 029, 300 Proposed supplemental

4, 352, 300

Revised requirement, 1951.-

13, 381, 600

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