ISS3 2012

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RB-S Boat Crew Training Hits Its Stride at Training Center Yorktown Story and Photo by Jeff Smith Following several years of planning, course development and beta testing during 2011, the Reserve RB-S Boat Crew Member Course completed full-scale implementation this year with six classes held at Training Center Yorktown, Va., between late April and early September. ponsored by the fϐice of oat orcesǡ the Ǧ oat rew Member Course was created to address the unique challenges Reserve personnel assigned to Boat Forces units face in order to gain initial crew qualiϐicationǤ he two primary challenges identiϐied were a lack of a standard qualiϐication process from unit to unit and protracted attainment of initial qualiϐication due to limited or inconsistent training time availability. For reservists in the achinery echnician ȋ Ȍ and aritime nforcement pecialist ȋ Ȍ ratings required to attain boat crew qualiϐicationǡ these challenges were more difϐicult to overcomeǤ nlike their Boatswain Mate (BM) counterparts, these ratings do not receive any boat crew training as part of their formal Ǯ ǯ chool curriculumǤ he eserve Ǧ oat rew ember training was speciϐically designed to help non-BMs develop a set of core skills they can build on at their home units. In addition, by providing the members with a solid foundation of boat crew skillsǡ the fϐice of oat orces hopes to reduce some of the strain training Reserve personnel presents at the unit level. "The Reserve RB-S Crew Member course is a result of close collaboration between the fϐice of oat orces and the oat orces Center at Training Center Yorktown," states Lt. Dave Ruhlig, (CG- 7311). He goes on to report that in March 2011, a National Graduate School project team, which included Lt. Cmdr. Michael Sharp, Lt. Jocelyn Soriano, and Lt. Juan Hernandez, completed research on improvements in the eserve component qualiϐication systemǤ The team provided recommendations that dramatically reduced qualiϐication time from an average of ͵ years to just 6 months for the typical non-BM Reserve personnel assigned as crew member trainees. "Working with Yorktown we were able to develop a two week curriculum and put on a pilot course in October of 2011. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the ϐieldǡ which prompted us to move forward with formalizing the course and funding six two-week classes (six students per class) during FY12." At Yorktown the focus is two-fold according to BMC Matt Wolanzyk who, until recently, was the RB-S/TANB School Chief. "The students get exposed to almost the entire boat crew personnel qualiϐication system ȋ reports Chief Wolanzyk. "Our primary goal is to get them to a basic level of skill and proϐiciency while they are hereǤ Ȍ during the two weeks they are onboardǡdz t is our hope that with just a little follow-on training at their parent command they will be ready for a crewman board within two to three weekend drills." While not a prerequisite, he notes that having students already entered into ALMIS helps facilitate documentation of PQS tasks during the course and allows units to quickly determine where to focus once the student returns. A review of post-training critiques highlights how much value the students derive from attending the RB-S Boat Crew Member Course. "This course was perfect for understanding all that is required to become boat crew qualiϐiedǡdz writes ͵ illiam orondaǡ Station Little Creek, VA. "The night time training was really good and highlighted the role of the crew member in the safe navigation of the RB-S." For BM3 Luis Yarro assigned to Station Shinnecock, NY, it was about time underway. "At the stations we have one RB-S and eight reservists competing for training time on drill weekends. This is the ϐirst have been able to get signiϐicant underway time on the Ǧ Ǥ his ȋcourseȌ is deϐinitely going to help me get qualiϐied sooner." "I have been in the CG Reserve for less than a year and the majority of that time has been focused on training related to becoming an ǡdz notes ͵ icholas c asterǡ tation ndian River, DE. "For me this course has been a great kick start to my boat crew training and ultimately getting qualiϐiedǤdz ooking aheadǡ hief has the lead on eserve workforce training issues for the fϐice of Boat Forces, notes that additional capacity has been added to the FY13 schedule. "Working with Yorktown, we have been able to increase the number of students from 6 to ͺ per class for 1͵Ǥ In addition, we are exploring the possibility of working within the formal training system to see if the development and delivery of a standard exportable course is feasible." BMC Chris Bearden, who has taken over as the RB-S/TANB School Chief from BMC Wolanzyk, reports that, "Based on the feedback, the reservists attending this course are able to accomplish in two- weeks what they normally spend months or years trying to do. The Reserve RB-S Boat Crew Member Course is a huge return on investment for both the Coast Guard and for reservists who can maximize their training time." BMC Bearden is working closely with CWO Hartmayer and reservist BMC Eric Neilson (see accompanying story) as this course moves into its full second year. ᕇ arrant fϐicer on artmayerǡ who 24 RESERVIST ᕇ *TTVF t

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