Major changes in Navy personnel training and expectations of Sailor competency have occurred over the past decade where military manning at warfare training and intermediate level maintenance activities – a place where Sailors receive training and practice their skilled trades – has been decreased or removed altogether. As a remedy for decreased ability for Sailors to practice their warfare skills, learn self-repair techniques, perform maintenance procedures, and troubleshoot to repair these systems, a reintroduction and focus on individual/team training on the waterfront has commenced. This type of program is the Navy Afloat Maintenance Training Strategy (NAMTS) program which was established by the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) in 1997 that underwent increased investment in 2010, and additional investments in 2015 to present. NAMTS is designed to improve shipboard organic maintenance, self-assessment capabilities, and material self-sufficiency. Managing Sailor knowledge that constitutes proficiency and competency in performing shipboard repairs, is essential to improving Naval fleet readiness.
The NAMTS program provides formal shipboard Equipment, Systems and Subsystems (ESS) maintenance and repair training for Sailors assigned to NAMTS Training Maintenance Activities (NTMA), and to select NAMTS Afloat Training Activities (NATA). Currently, the NAMTS Program supports over 4000 Sailors and 20 Job Qualification Requirements (JQR), including associated NAMTS Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) codes comprised of over 450 competencies. NAMTS is anticipated to expand to 6000+ Sailors and 25+ JQRs and more than 800 competencies to support Naval readiness goals. The resultant SBIR Phase III technology, Operationally Directed Instructional Network – Engineering Library (ODIN-EL), creates the environment where Naval leadership can monitor progress toward achieving Navy readiness by objectively defining Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master Craftsman (AJM) Sailor proficiencies.