Training is pivotal to the career of every U.S. Navy sailor. From the minute we step off the boat at Recruit Training Command until our last day of service, we train. While some topics are learned and then maintained through practice, others require training on a more frequent basis. As the Navy is constantly bringing in new people while others retire, training is something sailors must constantly do to maintain readiness.
Sailors can receive outstanding training, but until they get hands-on experience, that training is largely ineffective. The Navy has gotten wise to this fact and is instituting what is known as Ready Relevant Learning—a process that will train sailors in specific areas of their jobs while they are doing them, at predetermined points in their careers. This is an excellent idea, but it has one major problem: In three to five years, half of these sailors are going to throw all of that experience away. This is not because they do not care or they are separating from the service. It is because the Navy’s detailing system is broken.