Prior to deployment there is usually training involved to prepare you. Most of the Navy training these days are computer based. From monthly General Military Training to entire courses being taught via computer, the Navy thinks this is the wave of the future. It may be but some training isnít useful unless it is hands on or instructor lead.
The goal for 99% of the people who take computer based training (CBT) is to get through it as quickly as possible. I fall into that 99%. Two of the leadership schools I have attended relied heavily on CBT. After a few of those lessons I realized that there was a pattern to the answers on the test. Going through the first test would give me the answers to the second one and I knew which questions to pay attention to so that I would have those answers. Very simple. I couldnít tell you what the questions were but I knew the pattern. Some of the training we do doesnít even have a test so all you do is click through it and youíre done.
Todayís training was a little different. This was sort of like a video game where you had choices to make on what path you wanted to go. In the end, it didnít matter what you scored but rather that you completed it. Not the ideal way to complete this training as it really needed to be hands on with actual exercises. So I spent three hours with an injured PFC Hector Gomez who was in the helicopter with me that crashed. All he did was criticizing my decisions but didnít really off any good assistance. The guy pictured here was interrogating me for a short time. Hadji or something like that. Not a real nice guy when I didnít do as he wished.
Thankfully I survived to tell this story. One day weíll learn that Power Point and CBTís are not the answer to everything.