PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) — Members of the Ready, Relevant Learning (RRL) Executive Steering Committee (ESC), responsible for integrating the individual efforts of stakeholders as RRL is implemented, came together formally for the first time as a group Oct. 3.
RRL is one of three pillars for Sailor 2025, which is the Navy's program to more effectively recruit, develop, manage, reward and retain the force of tomorrow. The initiative’s goal is to provide Sailors the right training at the right time and in the right way.
“RRL is a substantial strategic change and long-term innovation, and while so much has already taken place to get us to this point, coming together as a formalized group today is another step in the process,” said Alfred Gonzalez, Jr., U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) director, fleet personnel development and allocation (N1). “It indicates how important RRL is and how invested the fleet and Navy leaders are to improving the individual development and performance of our Sailors and enhancing mission readiness and execution.”
Co-led by USFF N1 and commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), the RRL ESC was established in June. Stakeholders attending this meeting also included representatives from Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Naval Air Systems Command and fleet type commanders.
The group is responsible to the also recently formalized RRL Integration Board (IB), a senior leader forum, chaired by the vice chief of naval operations, for the commanders involved in various RRL aspects, such as strategic direction, implementation oversight, and resourcing requirements. The ESC will present the latest recommendations, decision briefs, and status of RRL at an upcoming convening of the RRL IB.
“For the last few years, the focus of effort has been on doing the foundational analysis that will be used to create career learning continuums for each of our enlisted ratings. That focus has transitioned to execution – implementing Block Learning modules, as well as delivering the modernized training systems and delivery methods our Sailors deserve,” said Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, NETC commander. “Much of what’s happening is transparent to Sailors themselves and the fleet, but it’s important for everyone to understand that RRL does and will impact them and those they lead.”
For this initial meeting, the ESC reviewed a variety of aspects of RRL implementation, including budget execution, assessing how well requirements are being developed, and discussing future learning management system requirements to support modernized training requirements.
When talking about new training technologies, for example, the ESC approved principles that resource sponsors can use now to guide how technology is acquired and developed while ensuring today’s investments will meet the intent of RRL later.
“Up to now, different communities have pursued technology for training and understandably made investments that made sense for their specific needs,” said Bill Marvel, NETC RRL program manager. “Any new technology that we adopt for training going forward needs to align with the RRL strategy as we transition over the coming years with more modern, mobile and modular training.”
USFF as the RRL executive agent and type commanders are responsible for developing fleet-driven training requirements under the RRL initiative. Naval Air Systems Command and Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division acquire modernized software and hardware systems to support individual Sailor training, and NETC delivers the training.
The new RRL training model will eliminate the current practice of front-loading training at the very beginning of a Sailor's career by providing incremental training across a career-long learning continuum that delivers the training closer to when a Sailor is expected to perform the specific work.
“Transforming our industrial, conveyer-belt-training model into a modern one is already well underway,” said Cozad. “The goal here is a simple one - to ensure that Sailors have the right technical skills at the right time during their careers. We aim to provide Sailors with more hands-on training – ‘reps and sets’ of practice in simulations, on gaming-based computers and eventually, bringing that technical training to the waterfront or the flight line, which will better prepare our Sailors to succeed in the fleet.”
Sailor 2025 is the Navy's program to more effectively recruit, develop, manage, reward and retain the force of tomorrow. It consists of approximately 45 living, breathing initiatives and is built on a framework of three pillars - a modern personnel system, a career learning continuum and career readiness.