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U.S. Navy Launches App on Rate Training Manuals

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The Center for Service Support releases a brand-new mobile app consisting of Rate Training Manuals (RTMs) for 12 ratings and a variety of general Navy manuals. The active-duty and reserve personnel throughout the fleet use those manuals.

The app is the new RTM home for various specialists ranging from culinary specialist to religious programmes specialist. This app enables them to study on the go without a CAC card or an internet connection. CSS staff and fleet SMEs began creating this app in September 2019 and conducted testing for more than five months. They aim to achieve maximum functionality, review the app’s content and examine the user interface.

The app features include a resources link in every RTM to their respective rating Navy COOL site, contact information for feedback and emergency support. Another feature is the ability to receive credit for the completed course directly into their Electronic Training Jacket by entering their DODID number rather than completing the course via Navy eLearning. It also serves as the host for up-to-date versions of the RTMs and NRTCs.  By moving to a digital format, the app allows CSS to work with type commanders and fleet subject matter experts (SME) to change content as needed and deliver updates to the fleet faster.

The CSS commanding officer said they are continuing positive movement and growth in the 21st century for how their Sailors will be preparing for their advancement exams. Early estimates foresee that 32,000 sailors will be affected by this new app. This shows that the scope is wide and something this major will have a direct and immediate impact on sailors throughout the fleet. As a result, they will be well-crafted in their respective fields.

The CSS program manager for Non-Resident Training Courses acknowledged that everyone involved has taken immeasurable efforts in creating this app. Countless man-hours have been put in to ensure this contains the best possible material.  The sailors conducting the tasks in these manuals daily are those who will use this app and each one of them deserves the highest-quality work they can possibly provide.

U.S. Navy is America’s primary forward deployed force. As stated on their page, their mission is to protect America at sea as The United States is a maritime nation. Alongside their allies and partners, they defend freedom, preserve economic prosperity, and keep the seas open and free. To defend American interests around the globe, the U.S. Navy must remain prepared to execute its timeless role, as directed by Congress and the President.

U.S. Navy need to prepare for decentralised operations, guided by the commander’s intent. The ability to achieve this end is reliant on the trust and confidence that is based on a clear understanding, among peers and between commanders and subordinates, of the risk that can be tolerated.  This trust and confidence are enhanced by their actions, which must reflect their core values of honour, courage, and commitment. Four core attributes of their professional identity will help to serve as guiding criteria for their decisions and actions.

According to A Design For Maintaining Maritime Superiority, the current security environment demands that the Navy be prepared at all levels for decentralised operations, guided by the commander’s intent. This operating style is reliant on clear understanding up, down, and across the chain of command. It is also underpinned by trust and confidence created by demonstrating character and competence. Leaders at all levels must continue to educate and focus their Sailors through example, education, and dialogue.

U.S. Navy will always be ready to conduct prompt and sustained combat incident to operations at sea. The Navy will protect America from attack, promote American prosperity, and preserve America’s strategic influence. U.S. naval operation will deter aggression and enable the resolution of crises on terms acceptable to the United States and their allies and partners. If deterrence fails, the Navy will conduct decisive combat operations to defeat any enemy.


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