MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The chief of naval operations (CNO) approved the merger of the gunner's mate (GM) and torpedoman's mate (TM) ratings into the GM rating on Feb. 26.
The move was made to leverage the strengths, knowledge, skills and abilities found in the two ratings to meet mission needs now and in the future.
The gunner's mate training focuses on the operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of the naval gun, as well as a strong emphasis on basic explosives, guidance and tracking systems, small arms, naval ammunition classification and safety. Upon completion of this basic training, enlisted members often continue on to a specialized "C" school, where they learn a particular weapons system.
The torpedoman's mate training focuses on performing organizational and intermediate level maintenance on underwater ordnance, handling torpedoes and antisubmarine rockets and preparing underwater ordnance for launching, conduct postfire and postrun routines, and weapons performance evaluation procedures.
"The training Sailors receive after basic training for their ratings on an apprentice level has been the same for both gunner's and torpedoman's mates," said Senior Chief Torpedoman's Mate Sherry Secrease of the Navy Personnel Command. "This makes the merger easier to accomplish."
Active-duty Sailors E-1 to E-9, as well as selected reserve and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) Sailors from E-6 to E-9, will automatically switch to the new rating Oct. 1. Selected reserve and IRR Sailors from E-1 to E-5 will switch over March 1, 2008.
Career Reenlistment Objective figures reveal paygrades E-1 through E-3 are overmanned in both ratings, and the TM rating is overmanned in paygrades E-1 through E-6.
"It is possible that during the first phase of the merger there will be a fluctuation in advancement rates; however, this is normal for any rating merger. After full implementation, we expect advancement opportunities to increase and career paths and training to expand," said Secrease.
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