Culminating three years of intense work by the staffs at Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) learning centers, learning and development roadmaps (LaDRs) are available for every rating as of Aug. 6. Announced in NAVADMIN 258/10, the completed LaDRs are fleet-focused products that provide guidance to Sailors along a learning and development continuum that is specific to each rating.
"Completion of all learning and development roadmaps is a significant milestone for helping Sailors to be successful in their ratings," said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/SW) Rick D. West. "Having a written guide that explains in detail what each Sailor needs at specific points in their career is an invaluable tool for service members and their mentors."
All rating-specific LaDRs were developed by subject matter experts at the NETC learning centers and include input from the enlisted community managers at the Bureau of Naval Personnel and have been validated by the fleet.
"The LaDR for each rating is organized around significant career phases and enables targeted learning opportunities," said Tom Smith, NETC enlisted learning and development coordinator. "Each LaDR is also sequenced to meet growing and changing roles throughout a career. Sailors new to the Navy and early in their careers will find that LaDRs provide a solid technical and analytical foundation that will support tactical and operational competencies."
As a Sailor becomes more senior, learning and development provides an increased strategic perspective and more effective management and business practices. Sailors using LaDRs can properly chart out Navy-valued professional career goals.
"For a supervisor, LaDRs provide a navigable, rate-specific guide to assist in the effective mentorship of Sailors," Smith said. "Command indoctrination is the perfect opportunity for leadership to introduce the LaDRs to their new Sailors. Introducing the LaDRs early-on will result in every service member gaining baseline knowledge of his or her career progression and assist them in setting realistic goals toward upward career mobility."
"LaDRs can also serve as an important guidance tool to use during a Sailor's career development board," said Master Chief Navy Career Counselor (SW/SCW/AW) Tod Shuls, NETC force retention program manager. "Review of LaDRs by leaders helps them recognize and reinforce a Sailor's forward progress and positive job and character traits."
Commanders are required to ensure distribution of LaDRs to every enlisted paygrade at all commands. This can be accomplished through Navy Knowledge Online: https://www.nko.navy.mil/portal/home/. After accessing the NKO home page, a Sailor selects the "Career Management" tab and navigates along the blue side banner and selects the Enlisted LaDR hyperlink.
According to OPNAV Instruction 1500.77, the LaDRs are required to be used during career development boards. Additional information about learning and development roadmaps is detailed in NAVADMIN 258/10, available from the Reference Library on the Navy Personnel Command website: www.npc.navy.mil/ReferenceLibrary/Messages/.
Ed Barker works for the Naval Education and Training Command public affairs office. For more information, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnet/ .