to embrace this approach, he observes,
and its training must change fundamentally to serve these people.
Several new approaches could
help mitigate this shortcoming.
These include more modular training and bringing instruction down
to the waterfront or the platform.
Technology will be the key to these
advances, the admiral says. Whichever
approaches are taken, future training
must be delivered at the right time
for the sailor. Accordingly, it must be
mobile and deliverable to wherever
sailors are located. Young people are
likely to take advantage of this new
training in ways far greater than antic-
ipated, he adds.
The Navy is taking the step to bring
in mobile, modular training, the admi-
ral offers. This represents a departure
from the traditional industrial model
the Navy has relied on for years. It
would help the Navy understand
recruits’ talents and strengths to place
them in the right ratings, he says. Also,
local commanding officers would have
more authority to make decisions based
on conversations with their people.
The littoral combat ship (LCS) was
built with training in mind from the
front end, Adm. Moran notes. It has
a significant simulation capability,
which the Navy continues to upgrade.
This capability is software-driven, so
both problems and improvements can
The U. S. Navy’s newest destroyer, the USS Zumwalt,
departs its dry dock at Bath Iron Works, Maine, prior
to conducting at-sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean. The
technology-rich Zumwalt may serve as a template not
only for future Navy ships but also for a highly skilled
crew capable of handling multiple tasks.