Sailors can now knock out their General Military Training courses while waiting in the chowline.
That's courtesy of the Navy’s mobile GMT app, the first of many that aims to bolster sailor training via their personal smartphones and tablet computers.
The first installation, on domestic violence awareness [iPad | iPhone | Android], became available Sept. 11 for iOS and Android devices — and completing the app will fulfill your Navy requirement. The apps can be downloaded free from the Apple App Store and Google Play and are optimized for use on phones as well as tablets.
“We know sailors can be constrained for the opportunity to get on an [Navy Marine Corps Intranet] or [Next Generation Enterprise Network computer] terminal in their workspace,” said Rear Adm. Mike White, head of Naval Education and Training Command. “So this gives them another opportunity to complete required training, without having to waste time waiting their turn.”
Other apps are in the works, White said in a Sept. 11 interview.
“We are now in the pilot process for Operational Security and hope to deliver that one next,” he said. “We think that one will deliver in a couple of weeks."
Beyond that, White said he didn’t have a lineup of what is coming next, but added that the near-term goal will be to deliver “half a dozen or so by the end of the calendar year,” he said.
Ultimately, he said, the Navy would like to ensure every GMT topic that can be completed via online training — as opposed to instructor-led sessions — will have a mobile app.
Getting credit for app completion is relatively simple, White said.
“We’ve been able to link it to a process where you can complete the training on a personal device and still get credit for taking the course in our learning management system,” he said.
Sailors enter their Department of Defense identification number from their Common Access Card and the app will send a completion certificate to the Sailor’s Electronic Training Jacket in about two working days after completing the course.
The Sea Warrior Program produced the app with software development assistance by Tracen Technologies Inc., a company that specializes in integrated mobile and Web solutions.
Officials have also included emergency contact information, including hotlines for suicide, sexual assault, domestic violence and the American Red Cross. Also provided are website links for the Military Crisis Line, which offers immediate assistance to troops, veterans and their families.