Block learning is the first step towards completing a larger training initiative known as Ready, Relevant Learning (RRL). Block learning revises current accession level initial training paths into blocks, which are redistributed over a Sailor's career.
The new process requires the return of Fleet Sailors to receive additional training approximately 24 months after reporting to operational units, in order to complete required training modules and/or earn progressive Navy Enlisted Classifications (NECs).
Training is delivered at specific timeframes in a Sailor's career, and is referred to as 'blocks.' The definition of blocks is described below.
Refers to all training occuring prior to report to a first command.
- Recruit Training Command (RTC)
- Life skills (LS)
- Accession path, such as "A" or "C" schools
Refers to formalized rate training that occurs during the first tour assignment with delivery targeted at 24 months after reporting aboard a Sailor's first command.
* Block 1 training may be offered as early as 12 months after reporting to first command for high performers or when unit deployment schedules are a consideration.
If required, additional block training would occur at other times during the first sea tour and be referred to as Block 1.2, 1.3, and so forth.
Refers to formalized rate training that occurs immediately prior to, or during, a second tour assignment.