Training and Readiness on the Cheap
By Commander David Dees and Lieutenant John Horn, U.S. Navy
Scheduled training exercises, while valuable, are a luxury only offered to those who have an upcoming deployment, and they often fall short of meeting all of the training and readiness (T&R) requirements for squadrons. They tend to focus on one aspect of training, thus requiring additional weapon-system trainer events or flights to achieve full readiness status. Furthermore, the cost of these detachments are increasingly under scrutiny due to ongoing budgetary challenges.