By John Pine, Training Support Agency, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme, Calif.
The First Naval Construction Division (1NCD) announces the activation of the Basic Combat Skills (BCS) Level I online training course on Navy e-Learning (NeL) via Navy Knowledge On-Line (NKO). This self-paced course includes six lessons that enable Seabees and Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officers to learn new combat skills or refresh existing skills. Lessons include: The Naval Construction Force (NCF) and The Laws of Armed Conflict; Medical Procedures and Personal Hygiene; General Military Tactics; Field Communications; Force Protection; and Combat Equipment and Weapons.
Capt. Stephanie Jones, 1NCD N7, said, "The official release of the BCS electronic training provides our Seabees another tool to obtain critical mission skills and knowledge at the time that is convenient for them."
The course enhances individual and team decision-making and combat effectiveness by supplying up-to-date information to Seabees using the latest technology. The information is vital to the NCF mission so that personnel stay abreast of the latest combat technology to ensure Seabees deploying around the world are prepared for present-day challenges.
The intent of this course is to allow the user to be able to train and become familiar with the NCF and its capabilities in a self-paced interactive learning environment, anywhere anytime, said Chief Builder (SCW) Jason Verneris, project manager, NAVFAC Training Support Agency.
The BCS course includes hyperlinks to up-to-date references, glossary and acronym/definition list, and displays graphic images of commonly used forms and documents. The course is available for enrollment by visiting Navy Knowledge Online (NKO)> LEARNING tab> Navy e-Learning>Online Courses> Browse Categories> Department of the Navy (DON) Training> Naval Construction Force Training> Basic Combat Skills> Basic Combat Skills - Level I.
This online training tool is designed to support personnel reporting to NCF commands and students attending the CEC Officer School (CECOS) Basic class, and A School courses. Each lesson takes an average of two to five hours to complete. Upon successful completion of the six lesson assessments, the program generates a completion certificate and updates the member s Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART) and Fleet Training Management and Planning System (FLTMPS). SMART can take up to two weeks to appear while FLTMPS is generally updated nightly.
For more information, contact Irma Watkins, learning standards officer, (805) 982-4221.