News: CSS announces upgrades to personnel specialist training
NEWPORT, R.I. - Center for Service Support hosted a kick-off meeting to announce a curriculum content refresh for the personnel specialist rate, Nov. 26.
The purpose of the KOM is to provide a forum for all program stakeholders to review the requirements as detailed in the contract's statement of work and finalize any outstanding issues or concerns that may have arisen in the time between when the initial requirements were submitted to contracting and the time that the contract was actually awarded.
According to Wendi Carvalho, CSS contracting officer's representative, CSS has hosted many KOM's since but this is the first to have a representative from the requirement's sponsor to attend and participate.
"This attendance allowed for "face to face" time with all of the different teams that are involved in the entire level of effort [LOE] for this contract, as well as, more importantly it allowed on-site decisions to be made that would've normally taken weeks," said Carvalho. "Having a representative present allows you to make changes and saves a lot of time. The KOM provided an open forum for all the stakeholders to meet at one location and review all documentation and come to agreement about the LOE for the contract."
Michael Wardlaw, who oversees Pay and Personnel Management at Naval Personnel Command (NPC) and is the requirement's sponsor for PS, lauded the efforts of everyone involved in the program's kick off.
"We are grateful for this support and for the high level of cooperation," said Wardlaw. "We've experienced a high level of cooperation during this visit. CSS has our best interests in mind and it is up to us [stakeholders] to participate and remain engaged."
In addition to refreshing some of content of the PS course, Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System, Transaction Online Processing System, Master Military Pay Account, and Military Paper Check Conversion accordance with the rate's occupational standards.
Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Roger Drumheller, PS training manager said it is the responsibility of CSS and its learning sites to support the Navy's forward-deployed and widely distributed force by delivering proficient and knowledgeable sailors to the fleet.
"The work environment and requirements are evolving," said Drumheller. "Our training and curriculum must evolve with those requirements so we can properly train our new personnel specialists. Today's fleet demands that PSs be more technically proficient and well-versed in all aspects of naval administration and personnel. The better we train our graduates, the better their understanding of the technical elements of their rate. Ships and shore installations want their sailors to be efficient and effective team members as soon as they join their command's administrative teams."
CSS and its learning sites provide sailors with the knowledge and skills needed to support the fleet's warfighting mission. More than 300 staff and faculty work hand-in-hand with the Fleet and are dedicated to ensure training is current and well executed on behalf of 10,000 sailors who graduate from CSS courses annually in the administration, logistics and media communities.
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