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CHIPS Articles: IWTC Virginia Beach Hosts IS Rating Occupational Standards Review

IWTC Virginia Beach Hosts IS Rating Occupational Standards Review
By Center for Information Warfare Training - April 17, 2018
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Virginia Beach hosted the intelligence specialist (IS) rating occupational standards review, April 9-13.

The review included over 50 representatives from Navy Education and Training Command, Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT), IWTC Virginia Beach, and IS enlisted leaders and subject matter experts from the fleet.

Through the review process, the fleet decides, reviews, edits, redefines, and most importantly prioritizes the jobs and skills that each rate and Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) code requires based on the needs of the fleet. Reviews typically convene every three years unless the fleet deems it necessary to hold one sooner. Fleet participation is critical to ensuring training commands know which skills to teach their students and how to build curriculum that is responsive to fleet needs.

As Sailor 2025 evolves, the review is also an important building block for the IS rating as it alters and adapts its accession-level training pipeline to reduce “street-to-fleet” time while producing more capable ISs during accession.

One major concern addressed during this review was intelligence analysis support to cyberspace operations. After realizing several key IS NECs support cyberspace operations without formal training, the team reworked approximately ten percent of the tasks across multiple NECs to include cyberspace operations support.

During the week, the team also restructured approximately 15 percent of the tasks to align with support senior leadership, to include tasks to support senior leaders training junior Sailors. For E6 and E7 tasks, many jobs did not specify their role as managers. The team created and added new verbiage to ensure senior enlisted jobs had specific manager tasks built in. Additionally, the team wrote language in the tasks to ensure junior enlisted members could translate leadership guidance into action.

"As the birthplace of Naval Intelligence, we are proud to host the IS occupational standards review,” said Cmdr. Andrew Boyden, commanding officer of IWTC Virginia Beach. “Coupled with the IS “A” school training requirements review and pending IS 2025; this effort is a great vehicle to ensure we are providing ready, relevant learning for the intelligence specialist rating."

IWTC Virginia Beach currently offers 65 courses of instruction in information technology, cryptology, and intelligence with an instructor and support staff of 280 military, civilian, and contract members who train over 6,400 students every year at five training sites in the Hampton Roads area. It is one of four school houses for Center for Information Warfare Training and also oversees learning sites at Jacksonville and Mayport, Florida; Kings Bay, Georgia; and Groton, Connecticut to continue aligning IW community training.

IWTC Virginia Beach, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training, provides a continuum of training to Navy and joint service personnel, preparing them to conduct Information Warfare (IW) across the full spectrum of military operations.

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