With the Navy’s increasing reliance on technology and digital information sharing, the service is at a new horizon of innovation. Within this new era, naval leaders are struggling to create and foster a culture of constant education within the enlisted workforce. Initiatives such as Ready, Relevant Learning and the Naval Community College are examples of leaders’ efforts to increase the lethality of the enlisted ranks through continuing education. One area in which the Navy falls short is in its qualification of enlisted warfare specialists across the range of domains they represent.
In the era of great power competition, the Navy needs to change its architecture for warfare specialties.
1. Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, OP-NAVINST 1414.9B: “Navy Enlisted Warfare Qualification Programs,” 30 May 2019.
2. “New Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman Badge,” Soldier Systems, 26 August 2016.