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Naval Service Training Command (NSTC)

The Navy's Revolution in Training off-site link is taking another step forward in the move to produce a more highly-trained naval force and offer better support to Sailors. As part of the revolution, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) is being established to align enlisted and officer initial training programs under a single command structure.

Under the provisional stand-up, which was effective Feb. 7, Rear Adm. Ann E. Rondeau, Commander, Naval Training Center (NTC) Great Lakes, will become Commander Naval Service Training Command and will oversee the critical mission of transforming volunteers into naval service professionals. NSTC headquarters will remain at Naval Station Great Lakes.

In addition to operating the Navy's boot camp for enlisted Sailors, located at Great Lakes, Rondeau will now also oversee training for all the Navy's initial training programs, less the Naval Academy.

According to Chief of Naval Education and Training, off-site link Vice Adm. Alfred G. Harms, Jr., this change is intended to make initial Navy training more effective and efficient by giving a single commander responsibility for curriculum development and resource management for the Navy's initial training programs. This change will also enable the sharing of best practices and allow for the consistent application of training policy across all programs.

Building on the efforts of Task Force EXCEL, NSTC will continue working with the Fleet to train Sailors. The command will also incorporate the tenets of life-long learning while concentrating on the initial development of Sailors, both personally and professionally.

The alignment of training will enable the development of core competencies that position Sailors for success in follow-on training, in the Fleet and in life. One of NSTC's missions will be instilling and reinforcing enduring core values, that will guide Sailors throughout their careers.

NSTC will use training methods and curricula along with science, analysis and data, to develop a Sailor who is both physically and psychologically ready to make an immediate contribution to the Navy combat team.

A transition team, comprised of officer and enlisted leaders assigned to the various initial training programs located at Great Lakes, Ill., Newport, R.I. and Pensacola, Fla., has been working together since October 2002 to charter the new command and develop critical operational procedures to ensure a smooth transition.

While the new command will oversee functions located at three separate locations, there are currently no plans to relocate personnel. Some personnel may be assigned in a temporary duty status to different locations while the transition to NSTC is made. Additionally, while some realignment of personnel may be required, the new commands will be staffed by existing military and civilian personnel, and there are no plans to create additional jobs as a result of this mission consolidation.

The Navy's training realignment has also changed the role of Service School Command, which is now provisionally functioning as Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes. TSC now takes on a modified mission, providing support functions, such as student personnel administration and business management, so that the schools can focus on instructional content and delivery. TSC reports to the Naval Personnel Development Command (NPDC), which was stood up in Norfolk, Va., Jan. 10.

NPDC is charged with providing support and ensuring standardization of training technologies and methodologies to the Navy's newly-established learning centers, while working closely with the Fleet Forces Command and the lead type commanders to meet the fleet's training needs. The 'A' and 'C' schools at Great Lakes now take their direction from these new learning centers, which are responsible for the professional and personal development of Sailors and are functionally aligned around the Navy's occupational fields.

As regional commander, Commander Navy Region Midwest will retain infrastructure and base operating oversight over TSC Great Lakes but will divest training oversight to the Learning Centers. Please see the sidebar on page x for more information on the establishment of Commander Navy Region Midwest. Further aligning the initial training mission, Officer Training Command-Pensacola (OTC-P), a new command, was provisionally established Feb. 10, and will assume operational control of the officer initial training programs which are currently part of Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola. The programs that will be realigned under OTC-Pensacola are Navy Officer Candidate School, Limited Duty Officer and Chief Warrant Officer School, and Direct Commission Officer School. OTC-Pensacola will report operationally to NSTC and will remain in Pensacola.

The provisional organization is designed to support the transition from today's organizations to NSTC. Provisional stand up means that a new organization assumes responsibility for the operations, functions and roles identified; however, final construct and manning are not complete. Provisional stand up will require some TAD/detailed assignments, and there may be a requirement for some virtual manning augments. The provisional organization is temporary in nature, and will be transitioned to permanent status when all mandatory administrative and legal requirements are complete, and the final organizational construct and manning plan are determined.

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