As the U. S. Navy sails toward the 1990s, the complexity of modem warships and aircraft is growing at an ever-increasing rate. As new propulsion, operations, and weapon systems are introduced, the need for technically competent personnel is obvious. The Navy may find it difficult, however, to handle the task of training tomorrow’s technicians alone.
An increasing number of technically trained people will be needed to operate the 600-ship fleet that the Navy is moving toward in this decade. Projections indicate that by 1988, 70,000 more enlisted personnel will be required to fill these new sea billets than were serving in 1982. More important, while this represents a 17% growth in shipboard billets overall, the demand for highly technical ratings is likely to swell by 30%.' Naval technical training, already a significant factor in today’s budget, could become an even more dominant factor tomorrow.
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2. Ibid., p. 36.
3. M. L. Zoglin, “Community College Responsiveness—Myth or Reality?” Journal of Higher Education, July 1981, pp. 415–416.
4. Ibid., pp. 418–421.
5. Ibid., pp. 422–423.
6. A. J. Riendeau, “Emerging Technologies in the Eighties,” Industrial Education, May–June 1979. p. 32.
7. L. D. Kaapke, “Strange Bedfellows or Innovative Partners?” Community and Junior College Journal December-January 1979, pp. 30–33.
8. Marion G. Lamb, “A New Perspective of the Military’s Potential Relationship with Community Colleges,” Community College Review, Winter 1980–1981, pp. 14–15.
9. Ibid., p. 15.
10. J. H. Straubel, Vocational Instructional Systems of the Air Force Applied to Civilian Education (New York: Praeger Publishers, 1971), p. 81.
11. Ibid., pp. 68–90.
12. M. J. Feldman, “Opting for Career Education: Emergence of the Community College,” in R. C. Pucinski and S. P. Hirsch (eds.). The Courage to Change (Englewood Cliff, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1971), p. 113.