NAVY Training and Military Training

Completion of individual training is followed by team training. As individual training buys one eligibility, team training becomes an investment in effectiveness. It has been repeatedly shown that most companies, organizations or teams fail more frequently because of the lack of unit interdependence when individual skills are present than the reverse.

Even in units requiring highly individual actions (e.g., a scientist in a research lab), the quantity and quality of resource sharing becomes a crucial factor in determining the overall results achieved. Continue reading

Military Training vs. Management Training

What’s a war story doing in an article about training? Surely not another cliched message about “if it worked in the Navy, it ought to work in a bank, or textile plant, or social agency.”

There are differences between the environment found in the military and that found in other organizations. Military (particularly combat) employees tolerate conditions clearly not imposable on civilians. Can you imagine requiring an engineering recruit to crawl through a 40-yard mud pit as a condition of employment? Even the thought is preposterous. Yet, there may be useful parallels worthy of exploration. Continue reading