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Center for Security Forces Announces ARG/MEU VBSS Boat Crew Training Development

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120809-15

By Darryl Orrell, Center for Security Forces Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Center for Security Forces announced Aug. 7, that a job duty task analysis (JDTA) to examine Amphibious Readiness Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit (ARG/MEU) Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) Boat Crew training is scheduled for Sept. 18-20.

CENSECFOR has requested operational stakeholders nominate subject matter experts (SMEs) to assist and participate in the upcoming JDTA.

The development of an ARG/MEU VBSS Boat Crew course stems from an emergent training requirement intended to enhance the versatility and capabilities of ARGs/MEUs. The training will focus on small boat crew members assigned to ARG/MEU ships/units and cover small boat operations and tactics.

"The purpose of a JDTA is to deconstruct individual fleet jobs into duties and tasks," said Roy Wilde, CENSECFOR learning standards officer. "The duties and task level data is then used to establish course learning objectives, which is the foundation of all Navy curriculum development.

"The importance of fleet subject matter expert participation cannot be understated. Their knowledge, skill and experience is vital to ensuring that the work performed on the job is accurately reflected in the JDTA breakdown of duties, tasks, sub-tasks and steps."

The training will focus on the middle ground between that of a compliant boarding and an opposed boarding. It will give fleet forces the ability to execute mission types that are traditionally reliant upon special operating forces to execute.

"Once this analysis is complete and working with the major stakeholders, requirement and resource sponsors, we can then determine the most effective method of training to develop those skills," said Wilde.

Training methods such as formal training; on-the-job training; personal qualification standards and rate training manuals are among the options available to develop necessary skills.

CENSECFOR has established a community of practice (CoP) on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) to facilitate the JDTA process. The CoP features a collaborative forum where participants can share and discuss ideas and ask questions, and it will serve as the JDTA information repository.

The JDTA will be held at CENSECFOR Headquarters located on board Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va. For more information, reference Navy date time group 071432Z AUG 12.

The Center for Security Forces provides specialized training to more than 22,000 students each year and has 14 training locations throughout the U.S. and around the world.

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