training centers. Also, schedule team training
through your commands planning board for
training if appropriate.
Self-studyEncourage subordinates to obtain
training through self-study. Self-study materials
include correspondence courses, onboard training
packages, and computer-guided instruction.
Arrange for tutoring if necessary.
ClassroomConduct classroom training when
you need a controlled environment for formalized
instruction. Use formalized lesson plans and be
sure you have enough reference material for the
students. Conducting classroom training aboard
ship is difficult because of space restrictions,
noise, and interruptions.
TRAINING JUNIOR OFFICERS
Commanding officers are charged with the
responsibility of training junior officers under
their command by U.S. Navy Regulations, 1990,
article 821, Training and Education. Your
responsibility is to ensure the junior officer is
Your first question may be If training junior
officers is not part of my job description, then
why should I? The answer is to prepare the
junior officer to fulfill the role of division
officer, department head, executive officer, and
commanding officer. How you treat and train
junior officers has an impact on how they view
both the chiefs community and the enlisted ranks.
Scope of Training
Your role is to train junior officers to make
competent decisions in your professional area and
to give them confidence in your expertise as the
chief. Show your junior officers how to carry out
duties in a professional manner; that is, by doing
jobs the NAVY way. Be diplomatic in your ap-
proach, and preach doing things by the book.
Responsibility of the Chief
Your responsibility is to keep junior officers
from making mistakes in judgment. You also
provide the foundation for them to develop into
commanding officers you would enjoy working
for as a chief. Teach junior officers how to be
a division officer. Running the division while your
junior officers work on qualifications is part of
your job. Take time to explain the proper steps
involved in specific tasks. Do not criticize the
junior officers lack of knowledge. Any complaints
you have with your junior officers could be your
fault because you failed to teach them properly.
Since you will provide informal counseling to
junior personnel on career information, take time
to learn the various programs available. Checking
the details of the program in question before
giving an answer will save you embarrassment.
The most effective counseling takes place in a
formal setting. You can then check the qualifica-
tions of the person and review the programs he
or she is interested in.
Chief petty officers progress through well-
defined roles during their career. The chief is a
technical expert. The senior chief becomes more
involved in personnel management and is a
systems expert. The master chief is primarily
involved with personnel management on a ship-
After 20 years of service, Regular Navy
personnel become eligible for transfer to the Fleet
Reserve. After a 30-year total of active and
inactive service, they are placed on the retired list.
Navy personnel are placed on one of six basic
types of retired lists: Regular Navy Retired List,
Naval Reserve Retired List, Retired Reserve, Fleet
Reserve, Temporary Disability Retired List, and
the Permanent Disability Retired List.
Training is an important part of every chiefs
job. The Navy has a high rate of turnover within
commands. Commands must conduct training to
be operationally ready at all times. As a chief petty
officer, you will also train junior officers. Your
objective is to provide the junior officer with the
knowledge gained from your years of experience.
The officers you train today will have an impact
on the Navys future as they progress in grade.
Administration of the Navys Apprenticeship
Program, OPNAVINST 1560.10, Office of
the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington,