Sailors' Feedback Improves Rate Training

Story Number: NNS090513-04Release Date: 5/13/2009 1:53:00 PM
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By Lt. Adam Murrell, Center for Surface Combat Systems

DAHLGREN, VA (NNS) -- Sailors now have the opportunity to voice their concerns regarding individual rate training and community health.

Originally introduced in December 2005, the first human performance requirements review (HPRR) was conducted to assist in establishing a systematic approach to identify training shortfalls more effectively within the fleet, as well as to connect training to rate and community management.

The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) headquartered in Dahlgren, Va., initially began by reviewing the boatswain's mate rate at Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center (FLEASWTRACEN)in San Diego with the help of more than 30 Sailors after receiving feedback from the waterfront about the rate training process. To assess issues properly, each human performance review included three basic deep-dive elements: manpower and manning; training issues and continuum; and technical systems or training system issues.

Then CSCS Commanding Officer, Capt. Roger Easton, established the agenda for the BM HPPR which included assessing:

* Technical accuracy of data

* Documented fleet training requirements

* Accuracy and compatibility of technical manuals, personnel qualification standards (PQS), rate training manuals (RTM), enlisted occupational standards (OCCSTDs), Navy training system plan (NTSP), planned maintenance system (PMS), Navy mission essential task lists (NMETLS) and tactics.

* Combat system and weapons systems equipment concerns that relate to a Sailor's skill and knowledge and the training requirements to support each.

* Accuracy of e-learning tools and resources on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO).

In nearly three years, the annual reviews of each of the rates have provided stellar results including the establishment of the harbor pilot training, up-to-date rate training manuals and PQS just to name a few.

Currently, the HPRR process reviews nine rates that fall under the purview of CSCS:

*Boatswain Mate (BM)
*Electronics Technician (ET)
*Fire Controlman (FC)
*Gunner's Mate (GM)
*Interior Communications (IC)
*Mineman (MN)
*Operations Specialist (OS)
*Quartermaster (QM)
*Sonar Technician (STG)

Each enlisted community is headed by a rate lead that has a team of dedicated officers and senior enlisted chiefs, who continually gather data, assess concerns and work toward improving the enlisted rate.

For the HPRR process to be successful, fleet involvement is a must.

"Without active fleet participation, the HPRR process will not be as effective as it is designed to be. We established this to be a vehicle for fleet curriculum and rate learning continuum review and validation with community management and system experts present," said Capt. Stephen Hampton, commanding officer of CSCS Dahlgren.

"It is essential that fleet support communities participate and receive feedback to bridge the gaps between the five elements of curricula: programs of record, occupational standards, PQS, NMETL/NTA, and TFOM/TACFOM."

HPRR dates are as follows:

*QM HPRR will be conducted at Norfolk, 1 - 5 June
*BM HPRR will be conducted at San Diego, 9 - 11 June
*ET HPRR will be conducted at San Diego, 3 - 17 July
*FC HPRR will be conducted at San Diego, 21 - 24 July
*GM HPRR will be conducted at San Diego, 4 - 6 August

For a complete detailed report of each enlisted rating or to find out how to participate, log onto Navy Knowledge Online at and search for each community of practice page by selecting "Learning Centers" in the pull down menu under the NKO logo and then selecting "Surface Combat Systems."

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