Posted on Nov 10, 2013
PO1 Billy House
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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.


Thoughts?

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MSgt Mike Brown; MBTI-CP;  MA, Ph.D.
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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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Personally I prefer an actual classroom with people in them!!!...SO...when I was working on my education I stayed away from online education...I felt that my discipline for online CBT type training was terrible...SO...when I had a class on Tuesday Night I knew I had to get all my requirements together and get them turned in....CBT is good for certain things...like quick informative briefings on 'Safety" or when the Holiday Ball is going to be etc...and for the younger folk that seem to do better with automation...I just rather get in my car drive to class...having that real social interaction is better, than answering an email string in an online class environment...
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PO1 Sonar Supervisor
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I truly believe CBT can not replace Instructor based training. The human interaction is invaluable.
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Agreed! :)
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PO1 Jack Howell
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It's good for certain topics. However, when you're talking about 'A' school or 'C' school, it has no place in the school house, other that to run required simulations (depending on the rate......oops, I mean NOS....or whatever title you go by).
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