Task Force EXCEL Director VADM Harry Ulrich concurred with
that, saying, “The continuum is going to increase mission
effectiveness by providing the fleet with a stable and balanced
force that is smarter and more motivated.”
said submariners can look forward to logging into their 5VM
this spring. “We want to have the five-vector model
for the submarine rates online by 1 April, so that people
can actually go on to NKO and call up their five-vector model
and, for the first few months at least, be able to look at
the list of the tasks required of an MMW, or an MM ‘A’-ganger,
or an ST,” Berns explained.
now we’re just working on the tasks that submariners
perform based on the warfare, general, and watchstation qualifications
that exist in the fleet today,” he continued. “Every
submariner knows that we live, eat, and breathe qualifications
onboard submarines, and we generally know where a guy needs
to be at what point in his career to complete a specific qualification.”
to Berns, information contained in a Sailor’s 5VM would
carry over from command to command. “It will all be
laid out for him, and it will also be a resume so that every
time he qualifies something or completes a school or accomplishes
a qualification, it will be logged in there and it will be
maintained in his record for life,” Berns said. “This
way, a Sailor won’t have to get the same qualifications
added that 5VM isn’t the only abbreviation people need
to know. “People need to know that there’s a new
term out there called KSATs, which stands for Knowledge, Skills,
Abilities and Tools, which is what the whole five-vector model
is based on,” Berns said. KSATs will let Sailors in
every rating and pay grade know what they need to know and
what they need to be able to do to hold their positions.
be a very common acronym in the future,” he added. Berns
stated that the 5VM will show Sailors the KSATs they have
earned and tell them what KSATs they need to advance.
wants to spread awareness of the Navy’s revolution in
training. “If anybody hears that I’m coming to
town to give a brief, I really encourage those guys to come
and attend, so that they can ask me all kinds of questions,
and I can be there available to answer them,” he exclaimed.
5VM, Sailors have the ability to take charge of their careers.
With just a few clicks at NKO, Sailors have access to what
can amount to weeks of research. And using the 5VM, they know
what information they need and when they need it.
JOSA Zask is a
Navy Journalist assigned to Commander, Naval Submarine Forces
Public Affairs, Naval Submarine Forces Public Affairs.