US Navy begins Full Speed Ahead 2017 training for sailors

31 January 2017 (Last Updated January 31st, 2017 18:30)

The US Navy has started a new training programme for 2017, Full Speed Ahead, to enhance the navy's existing efforts to prevent destructive behaviours across its fleet.

US Navy begins Full Speed Ahead 2017 training for sailors

The US Navy has started a new training programme for 2017, Full Speed Ahead, to enhance the navy's existing efforts to prevent destructive behaviours across its fleet.

The Full Speed Ahead initiative has been designed to boost the US Navy’s core attributes and develop a strong foundation for professional and resilient crew.

21st Century Sailor Office director rear admiral Ann Burkhardt said: “The goal of Full Speed Ahead is to continue the positive work we've done combating destructive behaviours while reinforcing our core attributes.

“Behavioural change takes leadership and practice; this is about building the strong foundation of a resilient and professional force.”

The new programme is being carried out following the completion of Chart the Course and Bystander Intervention training, which was conducted over the last two years.

"Behavioural change takes leadership and practice; this is about building the strong foundation of a resilient and professional force."

The training combines scenario-based videos with facilitator-led discussions to focus on all crew members, with a particular emphasis on the major role played by the mid-level leaders in addressing and preventing destructive behaviours, as well as their associated effects on individuals, work centres, and commands.

Full Speed Ahead comprises small groups of less than 30 sailors, who are taken from all pay grades.

Facilitators will be trained by Naval Education and Training Command's (NETC) Master Mobile Training Teams (MMTT), while commanders will oversee the selection of training staff for sailors.

All sailors will be required to complete the Full Speed Ahead training programme by the end of the year.


Image: US Navy sailors undergoing 2017 Full Speed Ahead training. Photo: courtesy of U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Darby C. Dillon/Released.