Navy replaces benefits guide with CD-ROM

Navy replaces benefits guide with CD-ROM

Forget the hefty, 100-page guidebook sailors used to thumb through to learn about their benefits packages. These days, they need only pop a CD-ROM into a PC to learn about the service's pay structure and allowances, advancement opportunities and medical care.

The CD-ROM, released in January to 240,000 sailors and recruits, is tucked in a plastic sleeve on the inside back cover of the Navy's Owner's and Operator's Manual. More commonly known as the All Hands Navy Almanac, it replaced the Rights and Benefits Issue, an instructional guide published every few years.

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

The CD-ROM has links to the Navy Lifelines Services Network Web site, at www.lifelines2000.org, which is updated regularly.

'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 ... was much more relevant and made it easier to access.'

'D.S. Onley

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