5 Vector Model Version 11 Released on NKO

Story Number: NNS050520-22Release Date: 5/22/2005 10:00:00 AM
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By Journalist 1st Class (SW/AW) John Osborne, Naval Personnel Development Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy released Version 11 of the 5 Vector Model (5VM) May 19 on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) to provide improved functionality and enhanced career management.

This 5VM is designed to be more user-friendly, and is one more step toward improving functionality and integrating with other systems by incorporating feedback from Sailors.

"Our mission is building Sea Warriors, and Sailors properly managing their career progression through the 5VM is a core piece in that enterprise," said Rear Adm. Ann Rondeau, commander, Naval Personnel Development Command (NPDC). "The Revolution in Training (RIT) is geared toward putting the right Sailors with the right skills in the right place at the right time in support of Sea Warrior and the Human Capital Strategy (HCS). The 5 Vector Model is the Sea Warrior tool that not only is allowing Sailors to take charge of their own careers, but it will assist their commands with meeting the Navy's mission, as well."

The new version of the 5VM is easier to navigate. The information contained inside the 5VM is now logically grouped and divided by three separate tabs. The three tabs are Summary, Career and Learning. The Summary tab contains Sailors' account information and lists their current skills. For Reservists, the Summary tab contains a link to define their civilian skills, as well. The Career tab provides access to the Career Mapper, Requisitions and Job Recommendations, enabling Sailors to have a better idea of what their career options might be.

The Learning tab shows Sailors what they have accomplished so far (Learning History). The data may be sorted by course identification number, course name, course type or transcript date. A second section under the Learning tab helps Sailors gauge where they are with their current eLearning enrollments. The third Learning section provides course recommendations for the future.

"As with any huge undertaking that will affect the careers of so many Sailors, the 5VM is ever evolving," Rondeau said. "The feedback we got from the fleet was that the previous version was confusing to many Sailors and instead of providing answers, it invited more questions. We looked at those questions and took steps to alleviate the confusion and make the 5VM less intimidating."

An example of this streamlined process is the detailed procedure provided for adding contacts and establishing supervisor-subordinate or mentor-protege relationships. In a virtual sense, Sailors are now walked through these processes with the click of a mouse. In the past, it required the submission of a question through NKO feedback channels or a series of phone calls to find the answer.

The new version of the 5VM does not yet address all of the future functionality of the Sea Warrior vision, nor does Version 11 incorporate officer and civilian 5VMs. But while Sea Warrior currently does not provide the ability to detail, promote or determine performance rankings, Version 11 is the next step in that direction.

"I understand there may be some skepticism on the part of Sailors concerning the usefulness of the 5VM as it stands right now, but this is our Navy's future," Rondeau said. "The 5VM will provide the best opportunity for Sailors to harness, sharpen and showcase their skills as it continues to mature under Sea Warrior and eventually becomes a true and valid resume of a Sailor's knowledge, skills and abilities."

To view their 5VM, Sailors need to log onto their NKO account and click the "View your Five Vector Model (5VM)" link from the 5 Vector Model channel.

For related news, visit the Naval Personnel Development Command/Task Force EXCEL Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/tfe/.

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