PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) at Naval Air Station Pensacola kicked off its Aviation Warfare Apprentice Training (AWAT) Sept. 26, beginning a new revolution in Navy training.
AWAT combines the aviation fundamental topics that are common in all aviation "A" schools and the theory section of the Aviation Warfare Wings Personal Qualification Standards.
Conceived in response to the Sea Warrior concept established by former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark, AWAT has the ability to be taught anywhere and at any time. This is significant because it shifts the responsibility of training from the traditional schoolhouses to the fleet. In the future, fleet Sailors will be required to complete AWAT through Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) as a prerequisite for the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) qualification.
"This will make the EAWS program more standardized throughout the different platforms in the fleet, which is a needed boost," said Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 1st Class Joseph Erskine, an AWAT course facilitator.
AWAT is comprised of self-paced, Interactive Courseware (ICW) which allows each student individual control of the information delivery rate. It was developed with the specification for integration into NKO, which in the future will allow fleetwide access. With 20 classrooms and 30 students per class, AWAT has a capacity of 600 students weekly. The course is designed to be completed in a 33-hour period, which includes 17.5 hours of AWAT and 16.5 hours of basic corrosion control training.
"Having the potential to graduate up to 600 students per week decreases the amount of downtime a student has between schools," explained Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Jeff Lauerman, leading chief petty officer of AWAT. "This greatly reduces the number of days a student is in school and gets them out to the fleet earlier."
AWAT is planned to be integrated into all Navy and Marine Corps aviation curriculum pipelines, allowing AWAT to be administered at all STAR-21 sites, as well as available through NKO E-learning for fleet Sailors in port or at sea.
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