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Department of the Navy: Federal Jobs Overview

October 02, 2007

The U.S. Navy’s primary mission is to protect the United States by the effective prosecution of war at sea. This mission, which involves the Department of the Navy’s Marine Corps component, includes the seizure or defense of advanced naval bases, the support of all military departments of the United States, and the maintenance of freedom of the seas.

The navy is a component force of the U.S. Department of Defense, a cabinet-level agency reporting directly to the president. The secretary of the navy is a civilian appointed by the president as head of the Department of the Navy and is responsible for its operation, organization, function, and efficiency. The secretary is assisted in this function by other members of the executive administration, including the civilian executive assistants—the undersecretary of the navy, the assistant secretaries, and the general counsel of the navy. Each civilian executive assistant is assigned a particular area of responsibility and serves as the principal adviser to the secretary in that area.

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