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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 Jan 2018 8:37 p.m. PST

…Currently, the SWO training pipeline does a poor job of preparing junior officers to assume watch. After a brief two-month introduction at the Basic Division Officer Course (BDOC), they go to their ships for their first tours at sea. Ships, whose necessary focus is meeting operational demands, are saddled with the initial training of new SWOs. Consequently, new junior officers are unable to concentrate their efforts on learning seamanship and navigation because their mental efforts are divided among administrative and collateral duties.

No pilot goes to their first operational squadrons having never flown a plane. Likewise, no SWO should report to his or her first ship having never taken one to sea…


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