Producing Ready, Relevant Learning for Sailors
Over the next few years, Sailors can expect changes to their training, namely, what they learn, and how and when they learn it.
Indeed, the chief of naval operation's new Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) initiative, led by the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) under the direction of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, aims to deliver training at the right time, in the right place and in the right format for today's Sailors.
The initiative is one of three aspects of Sailor 2025, which also includes modernizing the personnel system and enriching the culture. All three aspects are designed to work in tandem to give the Sailor what he or she needs to succeed in the 21st century.
"Right now, we train Sailors early in their careers and, just like all of us, they forget a lot of that training because they don't use it; they don't have a need to use it until, perhaps, six, seven, eight years down the road. Then we need to refresh that training for them," said Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, commander, Naval Air Systems Command.
"The long-term vision is to offer all Navy training in the Ready Relevant Learning model, which will become the new norm, backed by repeatable processes, new standards and proven results," said Eric Pfefferkorn, program manager for RRL at NAWCTSD in Orlando, Florida, Recognizing that with today's focus on innovation and critical thinking, some traditional training methods aren't as effective as they could be. They're being re-evaluated.
"RRL is a transformational Navy training initiative that will accelerate the learning of every Sailor for faster response to our rapidly changing warfighting requirements," Pfefferkorn said. "A major goal is to achieve higher performance by coupling the timing of training delivery with every Sailor's actual deck plate need. RRL will ensure every Sailor receives modernized training at the point of need to support assigned tasking through a phased approach starting with accession 'A' and 'C' schools."
The Navy's "A" schools are considered basic operator and, in some cases, basic maintenance training, for each rating, while "C" schools are the Navy's advanced training schools. Depending on the rating, both schools can range from several weeks to more than a year.