sippiboy81 wrote:First, I would like to introduce myself. I am the instructor for the first two weeks of IWBC at Corry Station, Pensacola. I am retired Navy, 22 years, and have been an instructor for over 10 years (5 years active, 6 years since I've retired). When my company was tasked by CID to build and teach the IWBC Core course, we were told to build the course for the new IW Ensign just starting his/her Naval career in the IW community and there would be some lateral transfers as well...so we did. Since the inception of the course, the amount of the desired audience has significantly decreased. What I'm getting now is a whole lot of LDOs and priors that I feel don't really need to be there. Their valuable time could be used more wisely somewhere else.
Secondly, the curriculum for the first two weeks focuses on the overlap between the IW and IP communities. Some IW students have questioned their need to understand networking. There should be no argument about the fact that both communities need to see what the other is doing. On the IP side, I and my fellow co-instructors are the SMEs. However, we're somewhat limited on the IW side. Until recently, I've had the CID Corry Station IW Officers teach the IW portion of the Core (they are the SMEs). But they now claim that they are overloaded (even though one CWO5 helps out as much as possible and is very reliable).
Just wanted to let you know what really happens in the training.
All I want is the best product for your community. Let me know and I will make it better since I am the curriculum manager for IWBC.
This is definitely a discussion worth having. I remember when the new IWO PQS came out and was required for LDO's and CWO's. Then came sending sending newly commissioned LDO's to IWBC. It seems counter-intuitive to select someone for a commission because they are a technical expert in their field, then send them to the basic instruction provided the newest Ensign. Full disclosure -- I never attended the course myself so I can't speak to its usefulness. But from everything I've seen and heard, there is no need to send an LDO to IWBC.
The same could be said for the lateral transfer process. When I was selected for Lateral Transfer to 1640 I found myself having to qualify to be a 1610. After 21 years of service in IW/Cryptology this seemed utterly ridiculous. In the end, I had to complete the requirements in order to become a 1610. So I did. Am I a better IWO for it? Not at all.
I think the real root of this problem is a lack of long-term plan for our IWO LDO/CWO community. It has been known for sometime that the senior IW leadership was not a big fan of the program. In fact, I truly believe that if they could have gotten rid of the IWO LDO program they would have. So what we have now is a short-term plan to make our LDO's look more like 1610's. And the long-term plan? Lateral transfer at or around O-3. If this doesn't sound an effective use of our Mustang community its because it isn't...