Sailors stationed in the Stuttgart, Germany area attended an all hands call with Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON), Master Chief Michael E. Stevens, at the Patch Barracks Chapel Aug. 20.
Stevens discussed his proposal for eSailor before opening the floor to questions.
“We started this long term initiative where a recruit at [Recruit Training Command], will be issued a smart device as part of your seabag,” said Stevens. “I want Sailors to know that when they come into our Navy, this 21st century Navy, we work hard to make sure they have the cutting edge technology they need to communicate and to operate in this environment so where better to start than at RTC?”
The devices will also be wireless enabled to access email but controlled during boot camp to teach young Sailors the importance of responsible use of the IT world.
“In November, it looks like we are going to issue about 200 devices to 2 divisions,” said Stevens. “What’s going to be on the device is all of the curriculum that they get now as hard copies; the Recruit Training Manual, Basic Damage Control Manuals and other various training manuals.”
The program could also use the function of location enabled apps to allow Sailors to complete tasks such as the advancement exam in a much more efficient manner.
“Imagine you have a Navy-wide exam testing app on your device and you walk into this room and it becomes active,” said Stevens. “You sit down, open up the app and your exam is on there. You don’t have to go through the process of entering in your [personal data], it is already on there. So the opportunity for error is very small. When you’re finished, you hit send and it goes to [Navy Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center] which is where the exams are graded.”
Stevens explained how this would replace the current process, whereby exams must be filled out by pencil, collected at the exam site, mailed to the grading site, scored by a machine and then manually entered into an electronic system, potentially allowing many chances for errors and greatly affecting Sailors’ careers.
Stevens also answered several questions about other programs and issues that are currently impacting the Navy, such as the role of enlisted warfare devices in the development of junior sailors, reserve affairs and the future of the fleet.
The event concluded with a photo opportunity with the MCPON and a meeting with the Stuttgart FY15 Chief Petty Officer selectees and Stuttgart Chief Petty Officers.