SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Twenty warfare tactics instructor (WTI) candidates completed the first stage of the WTI qualification, the Instructor and Tactics Course, Aug. 3 at Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC).
“It’s great to see all the different types of WTI candidates under one roof. It’s our intent that these first weeks of training establish a network of tacticians to solve the Navy’s most complex problems,” said SMWDC Academics Manager, Lt. Cmdr. Chris Polnaszek.
The instructor and tactics course provides the basic framework all WTIs will need to complete the qualification and return to the fleet as warriors, thinkers and teachers. The aim is to make the entire cadre a single group of networked professionals that can leverage each other’s strengths and emphasize areas. This deep integration early in their training is essential, as the maritime domain becomes more complex and integrated with overlapping mission sets.
After completing the Instructor and Tactics Course, candidates head to their respective divisions to achieve full WTI qualification. WTIs are trained as anti-submarine warfare/surface warfare (ASW/SUW), amphibious warfare (AMW), and integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) tactical experts. This most recent class of WTI candidates included four AMW, seven ASW/SUW and nine IAMD candidates. Beginning in fiscal year 2019, SMWDC will also train WTI candidates to become mine warfare (MIW) WTIs, expanding the depth and breadth of the surface WTI cadre and network.
After earning their patches, WTIs are assigned to a variety of readiness production tours where they are challenged to bring their expertise to bear by training the fleet, developing tactics and doctrine, and providing operational support to the fleet.