Fleet Support Operations Medical (FSOM) Training and Readiness: One Year Later
By Chief Operations Specialist Dan Silva

SAN DIEGO (May 10) -- It has been over a year since the Surface Force Readiness Manual (SFRM) was signed into effect. The saying is, “hind sight is 20/20” and in fact, Afloat Training Group San Diego’s team of Medical Trainers has been able to look back and reflect on the change and progress that has come about. Recently, I sat down with ATG San Diego’s Medical Training Team to speak about the SFRM and medical training.

Since the inception of the SFRM and the ATGPAC Users Guide, where are we today and where are we going in terms of training?

“I believe the way ahead has been paved, just from the amount of work that we’ve put in over the last year. We’ve been able to record best practices as well as address areas that require change,” said HMC (SW) Jason Fechner speaking about the SFRM and Tab K. Tab K is the appendix within the ATGPAC Users Guide which delineates specific guidelines for medical readiness during a ship’s training cycle.

HMCM (SW/FMF) Chris Moore, ATG San Diego’s Medical MAFL (Mission Area Functional Lead) expounded on the user’s guide saying, “Tab K is a living document that we will revisit annually to address any changes that can and should be made. Medical training evolves with the constant changes in medical practice and here at ATG we’ve been able to stay abreast with many of those changes.”

What are the positives that have transpired from the lessons learned, specifically how the SFRM’s phased training approach has been beneficial?

“In the past, the onus was on the ship to seek early guidance, perhaps schedule a limited team trainer (LTT) event before a medical assessment. Now, the training is structured to address training first before assessing a ship’s proficiency...it is the crawl, walk, run methodology.” – HMC (SW) Edinito Purog

“The SFRM has standardized training across the fleet. It has set a baseline for training on every class of ship, including the Coast Guard.” – HMCM (SW/FMF) Chris Moore

“The classroom and hands-on instruction during FSOM 1.2 has really been effective. Even though we’re using the same instructions and guidance that the ship also has to train, it gives the Sailors a fresh perspective and the receptiveness has been evident.” HMC (SW) Corey Miller

What are some best practices that successful ships do with respect to the medical training and ultimately attaining their FSOM (Fleet Support Operations – Medical) certification?

“Good ships are proactive; they engage us early and often during the training cycle,” said HMC(SW/FMF) Jason Fechner. “Ships should take advantage of the ATG Tool box. Read the instructions and guidance located on that website. This will answer any questions or at least better shape the questions to be asked to us.”

For more information about FSOM as well as other mission areas, go to https://atg.ncdc.navy.mil/toolbox/privatepac/index_new.htm

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