The Naval Education and Training Command

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  • Ensure fleet readiness and mission accomplishment
  • Enhance professional and personal growth and development
  • Enable life-long learning

  • Educate and Train to Fleet requirements.
  • Provide the tools, learning, and guidance that enable our Sailors to develop to their fullest potential, professionally and personally.
  • Provide responsive, best-value solutions through rigorous analysis and disciplined, prioritized alignment with Fleet needs.
  • Measure our success by the success of each Sailor and the Fleet.
  • Uphold the Navy core values of honor, courage, and commitment.
  • Value creativity, wisdom, learning, experience, and enthusiasm.
  • Encourage innovation and personal initiative.
  • Plan ahead and manage to the plan.
  • Promote integrity and trust by maintaining open, responsive relationships with ourselves and our customers.
  • Promote forthright communication by teamwork, coordination, and collaboration.
  • Promote the dignity of our people and their families.

  • Align both mission focus and resources with validated Fleet (CFFC) requirements and priorities.
  • Provide a full spectrum of learning opportunities to support both professional and personal development for Navy mission accomplishment.
  • Establish a responsive, accountable and data driven organization.
  • Employ the Human Performance Systems Model (HPSM) as the framework to solve performance deficiencies.
  • Apply the Science of Learning to improve learning and performance.
  • Promote a culture of continuous learning in the Navy.

Education, in the Navy, begins with recruit training and continues throughout your Naval career, whether it lasts for four years or thirty. Every Sailor has been involved in a formal, or informal, on-the-job training (OJT) program at one time or another. A good education will contribute to the effectiveness of those who work in the Navy's technical organizations, and every enlisted person must complete a training course or attend the equivalent school to become eligible for promotion.

Navy's vocation/technical schools are only one phase of Navy education. Those not attending school can take Navy Training Courses (self-study). Those who want to learn and improve have unlimited opportunities in the Navy by:

  1. Taking Non-Resident Training Courses
  2. Taking correspondence courses
  3. Attending a wide range of schools, both within the Navy and at civilian educational institutions

Non-Resident Training Courses (NRTC)

A self-study, enlisted training course used with a training manual. Courses are issued and scored by the local Educational Service Office (ESO).

Navy Correspondence Courses

Designed as self-study materials. Courses cover a wide range of subjects, such as accident prevention, leadership, and basic electronics, among many others. These courses are available without charge.

Navy Schools

Provide formal rate training for personnel in a specific skill or for a particular job.  Navy Schools are divided into the following classifications:

These classifications are described below.

Recruit Training Command

Turning civilians into Sailors by providing basic seamanship skills and core values of honor, courage, and commitment.

Navy Military Training

Navy Military Training (NMT) continues the Sailorization process started at Recruit Training Command. NMT is comprised of three major components: a formal curriculum, a positive military environment, and a professional military staff committed to providing leadership, supervision, mentoring, counseling, and positive reinforcement.  NMT is designed to span the new Sailors' first year in the Navy and be a partnership between the fleet and Naval Education and Training Command (NAVEDTRACOM) to ensure the continued professional military development of junior enlisted Sailors.

Class A

Provides basic technical knowledge and skills required to prepare you for a Navy rating and further specialized training.

Class C

Provides you with the advanced knowledge, skills, and techniques to perform a particular job in a billet. A Navy enlisted classification (NEC) code may be awarded to identify the skill achieved.

Class E

Designed for professional education leading to an academic degree.  No NEC is awarded.

Class F

Provides team training to officer and enlisted fleet personnel who normally are members of ship's company. Also may provide individual training usually lasting less than two weeks. No NEC is awarded.

Class R

The basic school that provides initial training after enlistment. No NEC is awarded.

Navy Leadership Continuum

A career-long continuum of Navy leader development, from recruitment to retirement. A total of eight Leadership Training Courses for officer and enlisted personnel form the cornerstone of that continuum. These progressive and sequential courses are all two weeks with the exception of the nine-week senior enlisted academy.

Four major themes are the foundation of all the courses: values; responsibility, authority, and accountability of leadership; unity of command, Navy and services and risk management/ continuous improvement.  These are intense, hard-hitting Navy-developed courses that are fleet relevant and skills based.

There are four enlisted Leadership Training Courses:

  • Second Class Petty Officer
  • First Class Petty Officer
  • Chief Petty Officer
  • Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (integrated into the 9-week Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA))

Attendance of the appropriate Leadership Training Course is mandatory for all hands at specific career milestones. Sailors will attend the courses upon advancement to E-5, E-6, and E-7. Successful completion is required prior to advancement to the next pay grade.

Senior Enlisted Academy

This course prepares senior enlisted leaders to better fulfill their expanded leadership and management responsibilities. The class is divided into small study groups to allow a free exchange of ideas, sharing of experiences, reasoning in problem solving, and fostering self-confidence and team building. This course is business-centric and focuses on the organization.

The curriculum specifically addresses the following areas:

  • Accomplishing the mission
  • Leading change
  • Leading people
  • Working with people
  • Resource management
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Updated: September 18, 2019