Navy makes benefits info available on CD-ROM, Web

Navy makes benefits info available on CD-ROM, Web

By Dawn S. Onley

GCN Staff

FEB. 27'Forget the lengthy, 100-page guidebook that new sailors usually thumb through to learn about Navy benefit packages. These days, they need only pop a CD-ROM into their PCs to learn about the service's pay structure and allowances, advancement opportunities and medical care.

The CD-ROM, released last month to 240,000 sailors and new recruits, is tucked in a plastic sleeve on the inside back cover of the Navy's Owners and Operator's Manual. More commonly known as the All Hands Navy Almanac, the manual details rights and benefits information for Navy employees.

Capt. Jim Kudla, commanding officer of the Naval Media Center at the Anacostia Naval Station in Washington, said the idea for developing the CD-ROM came out of a need to enhance the quality of life for young sailors.

The CD-ROM provides a link to the Navy Lifelines Services Network Web site. So no matter how old the CD-ROM gets, because it links to the Web site, the most up-to-date employee benefit and rights information is available online.

'We wanted to look at using technology to increase our penetration area, to make it readily accessible for sailors,' Kudla said. 'We felt that putting it in electronic form on the Web ' was much more relevant and made it easier to access.'

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