Cost effectiveness analysis of the "Sea to SWOS" training initiative on the Surface Warfare Officer qualification process
Gavino, Christopher C.
Gates, William R.
Hatch, William D. II
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The number of Surface Warfare Officers (111Xs) in a wardroom directly affects the combat readiness and effectiveness of a warship today. Preliminary research indicates that the "Sea to SWOS" training initiative is seen to have a positive effect on the amount of time it takes an 116X to attain the 111X designation. The initial qualitative analysis highlights a perceived increase in retention and readiness (combat effectiveness) while the quantitative analysis shows additional costs to the Navy Personnel Command and savings in training costs for the Naval Education and Training Command and OPNAV N76, the Surface Warfare Resource Sponsor. This thesis examines the cost-effectiveness of the newly established "Sea to SWOS" training transformation on the Surface Warfare Officer qualification process. This initiative leverages shipboard on-the-job training experiences and interactive computer-based training replacing previously formalized classroom training. As a result, this initiative significantly alters the Division Officer Sequencing Plan (DOSP). Based on the qualitative data, the transformation to the DOSP in the Surface Warfare Officer qualification process will most likely have a positive effect on retention and the utilization of fully qualified 111X Division Officer resources through earlier numbers of 111X attainment and increased officer personnel readiness.
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