Future Chiefs Use Group Study to Prepare for Advancement

Story Number: NNS071101-07Release Date: 11/1/2007 8:48:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Reckard, Fleet Public Affairs Det. Japan

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- More than 30 first class petty officers convened at the Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) galley, to learn study techniques for advancement exams and to discover the benefits of group study on Oct. 31.

The event was coordinated by Chief Culinary Specialist (SW) Randy Clift, who says he has been holding advancement exam study sessions like this for the past six years.

"I've done this at every command I've gone to," said Clift. "Basically I just get everybody within their peer group together and help them understand that through teamwork, they can accomplish more than they would alone."

In addition to study groups for the chief petty officer (CPO) exam, Clift has also coordinated study groups for E-4, E-5 and E-6 exams and plans to hold the next study session for them in January, after the latest round of advancement exam results are released.

While Clift realizes the importance of studying for these exams, he makes it clear to the Sailors who attend his sessions that he is not there to force them to study; he just wants to give them the tools to do so.

"I am not here to crack the whip. I don't make them study," said Clift. "I get them going and if they need help or ideas, I help them."

While the study materials and knowledge that Clift provides attract a lot of the Sailors to the program, many just want to find a peer group to study with.

Operations Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Kinyatta Cooper said it's easier for him to study in a group environment.

"I learn better when I interact with others," said Cooper. "Something that I might be missing, somebody else may have picked up - so the more the merrier."

For more news from Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, visit www.navy.mil/local/cfay/.

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