ARABIAN SEA – More than 350 junior Sailors completed the Petty Officer Leadership Course (POLC) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), Oct.7-Oct 24.
The two day course helped prepare Sailors, who are eligible to promote to pay grades E-4 through E-6, for the upcoming responsibility they might encounter.
“Petty Officer Selectee Leadership courses are an essential part of our Sailor's leadership development,” said Navy Career Counselor Jayne Epaloose, coordinator of Boxer’s POLC. “As a Sailor advances from one pay grade to the next, the expectations of sustained superior performance never change, but the responsibility for their shipmates does and each course is specifically tailored to the selected pay grade.”
The standardized Navy-wide course focuses on giving Sailors tools they will need to become successful leaders in the Navy.
“Making second class [petty officer] will bring more money, but with the money comes more responsibility,” said Quartermaster 3rd Class Braxton Klett, who recently took the E-5 exam. “The course gave us a preview of what is expected once we make [the next] rank. After finishing the course, I think I’m ready to take on the challenge.”
Chiefs and first class petty officers instructed the classes. They also passed on their first hand knowledge and experience.
“POLC allows for Sailors to network interdepartmentally and interact with members of the Chief Petty Officer Mess and First Class Petty Officer Association,” said Epaloose. “The courses allow for open dialogue and a unique exchange of ideas across the pay grades.”
Even though the promotion results are not scheduled to be released until November, the training Sailors receive before promotion allows for continuous development in their early naval careers.
“Delivering the training, before the exam results are received, helps us [senior enlisted] as we build them into tomorrow’s leaders,” said Epaloose. “We should always be working to advance ourselves professionally, and this course gives our Sailors more tools to use to be successful on the deck plates.”
Once advancement results are released, the newly selected petty officer 1st class and 2nd class will complete Phase 2 of the POLC.