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Submarine Electronics Technician Communications Rating and System Requirements Reviewed

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110623-15

By Bill Kenny, Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Naval Education and Training Command's (NETC), Submarine Learning Center (SLC) concluded a Human Performance Requirements Review (HPRR) for Electronics Technician (Submarines) Communications (ET) training, in Groton, Conn., June 16.

The review was held to ensure the training SLC meets current and future fleet requirements, and to give Sailors the opportunity to voice concerns regarding individual rate training, and the enlisted community's health by allowing direct access to community managers and system experts.

"A HPRR looks at how our Sailors are performing and how that performance aligns with what we're training them to do," said Joseph Baldi, SLC director of training. "A HPRR is held at least once every three years at a minimum or, in this case, as an acknowledgement of changes and conditions, either the performance standards change, requirements from the fleet change or the equipment the Sailors is operating changes."

"It's a dynamic situation that requires we evaluate the jobs, duties and tasks our Sailors perform and how that aligns to the curriculum to teach them their jobs or determine where and how we need to tweak the courses," Baldi continued.

According to Baldi, a key factor to maximizing the success of these reviews is to include a wide range of stakeholders as participants in the process.

"What helps is when everyone is willing to speak with one another," Baldi said. "We had experts from the Undersea Integration Program Offices, Common Submarine Radio Room program, and the Automated Digital Networking System (ADNS) in the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Program Executive Office Tactical Networks program, who joined us to make sure the training, is right for the equipment."

"On the other side of the coin, we had representatives from the Atlantic and Pacific Submarine Forces to make sure the Sailors can operate and maintain the equipment. We're all working toward the same ends, and sometimes there is some tension. But that is all right, because we need friction to get traction."

According to Baldi, it was also important to have the rate community manager involved.

"We also had the detailer participating," explained Baldi. "Sometimes in human performance, it's not clear if we have manning and manpower challenges or if we have training challenges. We sometimes are faced with, 'are we spreading too much work across too few Sailors', which can come up as a performance issue that could be alleviated with manpower or manning changes. We try to get down to the root causes of an issue and then see how to solve it."

Solutions from the HPRR are shared with the fleet.

"At the end of the review, Navy messages are sent to training and fleet commands with actions to be taken in both quick win areas as well as long term approaches with courses," said Baldi. "The results of the review are also posted on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO)."

The blended learning solution practiced at SLC which combines instructor-led classes, hands-on labs, simulation, interactive course ware, and computer-based training continuously evolves through the HPPR process. At the conclusion of the HPRR, remedies were identified and proposed, and are currently being reviewed as to what changes or updates will be made to the training. The results of the review will be shared with the fleet on Navy Knowledge Online in the near future.

The Submarine Learning Center (SLC) provides undersea war fighting training for the submarine force. This includes specialized skills training for enlisted and officers required to tactically operate, maintain and employ the weapons, navigational, and operational systems found onboard Navy submarines. SLC conducts training for six enlisted ratings Electronics Technician (SS), Electronics Technician (SW), Fire Control Technician, Machinist's Mate (SS), Missile Technician, and Sonar Technician. The curriculum is a balance of blended learning including standard classrooms, hands-on labs, simulations and computer-based training.

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