BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- The needs of the Navy are always changing. For four USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Sailors, their lives are about to change as the Navy disestablishes the cryptologic technician maintenance (CTM) rating.
With the disestablishment of the CTM rating slated for fiscal year 2008, Lincoln CTMs are being offered the chance to cross-rate into a new job field.
"On the ship, we are responsible to maintain the proper working condition of the two whip antennas and the collections equipment in the CTM workspace, the Ship's Signal Exploitation Space (SSES)," said Cryptologic Technician Maintenance 1st Class Kenneth Rowett, divisional leading petty officer for the operational specialist division. "We also assist the other cryptologic technicians with maintenance when needed."
According to Force Master Chief Jeff Vandervort of Naval Network Warfare Command, the skills CTMs have don't cleanly align into just one rate, which is why the Navy is providing every CTM the opportunity to select a new career path.
"Since there is no one job that can take over our job, our responsibilities on Lincoln are slowly being transferred to the information systems technicians (IT) and the electronics technicians (ET)," Rowett said.
CTMs with a Navy Enlisted Classification for IT or ET skills are recommended to cross-rate into those ratings, Vandervort said. If a CTM takes no action to select a new rating prior to the disestablishment date he will become an ET.
"It is not limited to just the IT or ET rates," Vandervort said. "If CTMs want to try something other than those two ratings, the doors are open."
According to Rowett, everyone aboard Lincoln has been very cooperative and supportive as the CTMs go through this transition.
The CTMs aboard Lincoln have a difficult decision to make for their futures, Rowett said.
"I haven't been a CTM for very long," said Cryptologic Technician Maintenance Seaman Ren Minutola, one of Lincoln's CTMs who is thinking about cross-rating into cryptologic technician collection (CTR). "I'm kind of sad that I'm going to have to cross-rate. At the same time, I'm kind of excited about getting the chance to learn another job in my first enlistment. I'm excited to become a CTR."
The skills of the Navy's CTMs will still remain very important, Vandervort said. Long after the rating is gone, the jobs CTMs do will still need to be done. Even though the rating badge may change, they will still have the opportunity to do the same type of work.
For more news about the CTM rating disestablisment and conversion opportunities, visit www.npc.navy.mil/Enlisted/CommunityManagers/Cryptologic/.
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