SONAR977 asked: "I see a lot of posts on the blog concerning training. What is USFF doing to hold warfare enterprises accountable for training of sailors while approving acquisitions? There are too many systems in fleet use at the tip of the spear which have no formal training for the operator. If the sailors can not operate systems properly, because they have not been trained, lack functional training equipment, or opportunities to realistically practice skills learned we have failed as leaders."
I agree with SONAR977 that it is imperative that our Sailors are properly trained and know how to operate and maintain their systems. I see at least three areas that need to be addressed. First, when we purchase a new platform or system, we must include the training requirements (including resources and manpower) at the beginning of the process and not at the end. Second, many of our decisions over the past 7-8 years have assumed that technology solutions such as Computer Based Training would increase our training efficiency. Now that we have a few years of experience, I believe it is time to assess whether our assumptions match our experiences and address the deltas. Third, I have heard from many COs, XOs, and CMCs that FIT is a significant issue. Sailors are arriving to the ship without the proper training, and then the ship is forced to spend their resources to train the Sailor and live with less manpower.
If you have read my previous posts or some of the articles on my Thinking Corner, you should have a sense by now that I am very much focused on ensuring we provide forces ready for tasking to fight the wars we are in, and properly maintain our forces so that we can fight today's wars, tomorrow. A critical element is effectiveness. Effective people, through proper training and leadership, operating effective platforms through proper maintenance and modernization. The challenge is achieving this mission without more people or more resources. What are training areas that you think need to be addressed and what solutions do you recommend in our current environment?