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LS Rating Kicks off Block Learning

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From Center for Service Support Public Affairs
MERIDIAN, Miss. (NNS) -- Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC) Meridian's Logistics Specialist (LS) Course convened the first delivery under the new block learning construct, April 17, marking a major milestone in the transformation to Ready Relevant Learning (RRL).

The first group of Sailors to participate in the new block learning construct are new accession logistics specialists who just completed recruit training. The new course, referred to as Block 0, focuses on the basics of afloat and aviation logistics, to include procurement and inventory management, as well as the documents and directives required to perform these tasks. 

The new curriculum removed the postal clerk portion of the training and shortened LS "A" school by seven training days, which ultimately gets Sailors to the fleet faster. LS Sailors on first operational tours who actually perform postal clerk duties will receive the postal clerk training, referred to as Block 1, no later than 24 months (in most cases) after arrival at their operational unit to align this specific training to the point of need - one of the major goals of RRL. 

Block learning is the first step in the RRL transformation to a lifelong learning continuum for these Sailors. Training will only be delivered to students who require it for the billet that they are going to fill, thereby minimizing the amount of time required to train to only that which is mission relevant and enhances fleet readiness. 

"Sailors receiving instruction in this new manner will be delivered to the fleet armed with the most current knowledge available to perform their jobs at a high level," said Capt. Derric Turner, commanding officer, Center for Service Support (CSS). "I'm very proud of our civilians, Sailors and contractors that contributed to this process and know that CSS will continue to provide the fleet with the best training in the Navy."

"This course is the culmination of years of work and countless man-hours from training managers and instructional support specialists here at CSS, instructors at the schoolhouse, and input from the fleet to tailor the individual learning objectives to meet the needs of new Sailors assigned to the LS rating," said Chief Logistics Specialist Bonita Myers, LS training manager.

CSS is comprised of active-duty, civilian and contractor personnel who direct the training efforts of administration, logistics and media schools for active-duty and commissioned officers. The CSS team ensures curriculum and professional development tools are current.

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