First IC 'A' School Pilot Grad Reports to Fleet

Story Number: NNS041026-07Release Date: 10/26/2004 1:00:00 PM
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By Journalist 2nd Class (SW/AW) John Obsorne, USS George Washington Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Interior Communications Electrician Fireman Apprentice Jeremy Brewer reported aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the first graduate of the Navy's newly revamped Interior Communications Electrician (IC) "A" School July 28.

The curriculum revision is the result of the Revolution in Navy Training, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark's vision of putting the best Sailors in the right place to do the right job, while at the same time not spending taxpayer dollars needlessly.

The original IC "A" school pipeline took 106 days to complete. Using the new Web-based program, Brewer was able to graduate in only 38 days. Figuring in his two weeks of awaiting instruction and seven days awaiting transfer, that still amounts to a 45 percent reduction in training time and a 65 percent reduction of actual in-class training time that saved the Navy $7,000 without sacrificing quality.

"I like this program because it allows you to excel," said the 21-year-old Brewer. "I didn't have to wait for other people, and I believe if you can get through something and understand it, you should have the option of pushing yourself as hard as possible."

In the spring, the Center for Surface Combat Systems Learning Site Great Lakes, Ill., chose the IC "A" School as the first of its schools to be delivered in the new Integrated Learning Environment, which integrates learning content management hardware and software to support the migration of classroom training to self-paced Web-based learning.

"The new program gets the right kinds of Sailors to the fleet right away instead of having them linger in school," said Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class (SW/AW) Johnnie Milow, Brewer's leading petty officer."

To learn more about the new IC "A" School curriculum and the Revolution in Navy Training, log on to Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) at and go to the Center for Surface Combat Systems page under Learning Centers.

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