A few years ago the A school for IT's was converted to primarily CBT based with instructors being regulated more to a role of mustering POs. I have noticed since that time a severe drop in the military bearing of the new ITs I am getting as well as no basic level of knowledge. I can remember going to school and being put in a room full of computers and expected to build a functional PC and then taken to a room full of real communication equipment and expected to set up working voice and data circuits to graduate. This doesn't only apply to ITs however as I know that other rates in the navy have transitioned to CBT based A and C schools.
With all this said, the issues with military bearing and lack of knowledge have been addressed to top leadership within my community a number of times and each time the answer is the same. Too much money was invested in getting the current system of training online to change it again. Is this money well spent? What is the point in A school if I have to take a raw recruit and teach them everything from the very beginning. It seems like it would be more cost efficient to just scrap the school and send the sailors straight from boot camp to first command to start training while their military bearing is still intact instead of letting them languish in Pensacola for six-nine months with very little structure or discipline.
Posted 8 y ago
It has its place; however, as I witnessed graduate students at a local university sitting in a classroom staring at a computer, with a professor being broadcast from across the country, we have to be honest: Human interactivity, candor, sharing of adult-learner-veteran experiences are what makes the classroom and knowledge promulgate!
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