BY CMDCM (SW/AW) THADDEUS T. WRIGHT, USN; NAVAL SUPPLY SYSTEMS COMMAND
As we celebrate the recent Petty Officer Advancement results, and as we prepare to take our Chief Petty Officer exam, we need to ensure we have our latest Learning and Development Roadmaps (LaDR). The latest ones have already been uploaded to Navy Knowledge Online and Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line and are available for your upcoming Career Development Board.
When I printed out my very own, I noticed that this roadmap included career advice for Senior Enlisted striving towards or performing as Command Senior Enlisted Leaders. I strongly recommend that all Supply Departmental LCPOs add this LaDR to their toolbox, in addition to their NOS-specific one. Not only will this prepare them for future assignments, but also prepare them for Command Master Chief/Command Senior Chief Programs.
“WHAT is a Learning and Development Roadmap (LaDR)?”
The LaDR provides continuity and direction for Sailors in their career development from day one of their career through Master Chief Petty Officer. The LaDR guides Sailors in identifying current and future assignments, Navy Enlisted Classifications, training and education opportunities to include rate training, professional military education, advanced education initiatives, professional certifications, etc., to help in their personal and professional growth. A LaDR is just what the name implies – a guide through the Enlisted Learning and Development Continuum by which Sailors’ professional development is directed.
LaDRs are not just for the Sailors arriving to their first ship, command, or unit; they are also for:
- Sailors who will retire/separate in the next three years;
- Sailors who will submit their Fleet Reserves Request;
- Sailors who plan to reenlist or extend;
- Sailors looking at example degree plans for both AA/BA; and
- Rating Career Path that can lead to a Commission/Command Master Chief/Command Senior Chief.
Take a moment to review your latest LaDR and always refer to it during your Career Development Boards or when you are reviewing career milestones. As we move forward with the Navy Rating Modernization, we must pay close attention and provide feedback to the process so we can assist in redefining career fields in our quest to link our work to the civilian sector.