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Air Force and Navy Work to Cut Down on Excessive Training Requirements
Monday, June 26, 2017

Both the Air Force and Navy are working to cut back on or eliminate old mandatory, computer-based training programs that have become outdated, or now have better delivery methods. In a message announcing the changes, Navy officials said training topics such as sexual assault and suicide prevention are not well-suited for click-through, web-based training modules. Instead, these topics should be covered in more personal settings. “It puts training back in the hands of sailors; eliminates passive, impersonal, and ineffective approaches to training; and enables a powerful and personal focus on integrity, accountability, and character through an interactive learning dialogue,” wrote Vice Admiral Robert Burke, the chief of naval personnel. “Bottom line—we heard you, we fixed it, now let us get after it.” The Air Force is making similar efforts. Last fall, Air Force officials performed an audit of servicewide, computer-based training requirements and found these programs were taking more than 60 hours per person annually. The training requirements needed to be consolidated. Heather Wilson, the secretary of the Air Force, says excessive online-training demands end up being an employee retention issue.

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