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Navy training: What you have to complete in 2014

Oct. 10, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
Capt. Susan Cerovsky, commanding officer of the Center for Information Dominance, leads a discussion during sexual assault prevention and response training in June in Pensacola, Fla. The Navy has outlined its general military training requirements for this year.
Capt. Susan Cerovsky, commanding officer of the Center for Information Dominance, leads a discussion during sexual assault prevention and response training in June in Pensacola, Fla. The Navy has outlined its general military training requirements for this year. (Gary Nichols/Navy)
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The Navy has ordered up a full slate of “general military training” for this fiscal year, and the list of topics cover some of the service’s biggest problem areas: sexual assault prevention, alcohol abuse and — new this year — hazing.

There are 22 total topics of GMT, and Big Navy is requiring 13 of them be completed by all sailors. The remaining nine are optional.

The following seven sessions (estimated to take 30 minutes to an hour each) and are of highest priority and are required to be given “face to face” in the classroom:

■ Alcohol abuse prevention and control

■ Equal opportunity, sexual harassment and grievance procedures for both

■ Hazing policy and prevention

■ Personal financial management

■ Sexual assault prevention and response awareness

■ Stress management

■ Suicide awareness and prevention

These topics are also required, but can be taken either in the classroom or online:

■ Antiterrorism/force protection

■ Combating trafficking in persons

■ Counterintelligence awareness and reporting

■ Information assurance

■ Operational security

■ Records management

Lastly, if your commanding officer still feels you haven’t had enough GMT, these options are available online this year:

■ Anger management

■ Domestic violence prevention and reporting

■ Drug abuse prevention and control

■ Fraternization awareness and prevention

■ Operational risk management

■ Physical readiness

■ Privacy and personally identifiable information awareness

■ Sexual health and responsibility

■ Tobacco use prevention and cessation

The Navy broadcast these topics in a fleetwide message this week — NAVADMIN 264/13. Leaders haven’t always issued messages to explain training plans, but they felt it was necessary to reduce some confusion among a fleet that always seems to have another new training program to check the box on.

Command leadership is given some power to “tailor the standardized training material to ensure relevancy to their specific audience” states the message, signed by Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Bill Moran.

“This is an opportunity for command leadership to have a frank and deliberate discussion on these topics,” he states in the message.

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