Virginia Beach, Virginia - The Navy's General Military Training (GMT) schedule for fiscal year 2015 (FY-15), announced Sept. 2, outlines significant changes for the program, according to Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 202/14.
"We listened to what the fleet had to say and what command leaders recommended, and as a result the Navy is giving command triads greater flexibility and more say in how their individual commands deliver GMT topics," said Capt. Ferdinand Reid, commanding officer of the Center for Personal and Professional Development, which administers the GMT program.
The feedback came from a variety of levels throughout the Navy and was provided to the Navy's Flag/Senior Executive Planning Board for Training, with input from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, as well as numerous others, according to the message. The outcome of this coordination was the consolidation of several training topics into fewer lessons and eliminating anger management as a topic altogether.
Another significant change is command leaders will have the option of what subjects to deliver that satisfy the personal financial management (PFM) GMT requirement.
"This allows commanders to best meet the needs of their command by tailoring the training to their Sailors' knowledge level and requirements," said Reid.
Examples of PFM topics include car buying strategies, credit management, home buying, and financial planning for deployment.
The NAVADMIN also lists required training for FY-15, provides updated guidance for unit commanders regarding which lessons must be delivered face to face, and gives discretion on how some lessons are delivered to Sailors in their commands.
"All the required lessons are listed on the Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) GMT page along with the standardized training materials. Content is also available on Navy eLearning for certain topics that aren't required to be delivered in face to face sessions," said Reid.
GMT is an opportunity for command leaders to have targeted, meaningful conversations with their Sailors about character, integrity and professionalism using the GMT content as their road map, he said.
In keeping with guidance that supports the Navy's efforts of reducing administrative distractions to eliminate administrative burdens on the fleet, FY-15 GMT topics are divided into two categories.
Category one training must be conducted as face to face sessions led by facilitators at the command level. Commands are directed to use senior leadership, such as chief petty officers and command training team members, to deliver this category of training.
"We encourage commands to partner with local subject matter experts and collateral duty officers to complement the standardized GMT content. This will help expand the impact of the training experience for Sailors," Reid said.
FY-15 training topics in category one include Equal Opportunity; Hazing Policy and Prevention; Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Awareness; and Suicide Awareness and Prevention.
The topics listed on the NKO GMT page not identified as category one are considered category two. The delivery method for category two lessons is at the discretion of unit commanders. Several, but not all, category two lessons are available as web based training and can also be delivered in face to face sessions. When multiple delivery methods exist, commanders may also choose to combine them in order to most effectively balance command operational requirements with training opportunities.
To help commands plan their training, the NKO GMT page has a planning calendar that lays out suggested months for training delivery coinciding with national and Navy wide communication themes.
These won't be the only changes to the Navy GMT program, said Reid.
"We're constantly reviewing GMT materials with the intent of delivering the most up to date training to meet fleet needs and Sailors' learning styles," he said. "Because of this, we update the GMT page on NKO on a monthly basis, at a minimum. So keep checking the NKO GMT page and please send us feedback on how we can improve GMT lessons and the overall program."
Sailors with feedback should submit it to the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) via email at gmt.distribution(at)navy.mil.
For more information about the CPPD, visit https://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/cppd/.