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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-11-07 06:23 AM
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1. Who knows where they might end up? USAF already started adding combat training to their boot camp.
This is limited to the SEABEES thus far, it would seem. Perhaps their INTENT isn't towards Iraq/Afghanistan, but we'll know better when we start seeing how many Sailors are coming out of there in boxes in the outmonths...this IS, as the article says, a sharp departure.

Hmmm. We shall see. If it 'takes' on these kids, maybe they'll extend it across the fleet, and if they don't end up tacking this trial program onto the boot camp curriculum before too much more time passes:

    Nor is NECC, the new command designed to provide maritime security in coastal areas and ashore using existing units like Seabees, revived forces like the riverine squadrons and new entities like the Maritime Civil Affairs Group.

    Formed in stages after Sept. 11, 2001, the Center for Security Forces provides sailors with training on how to board vessels at sea and survive alone in hostile territory, and how to be security and anti-terrorism specialists.

    Kohart said that by 2011, its expected that some 5,000 sailors a year will complete the combat training course before they arrive at various NECC units.

    What thats looking at is a full sustainment package for the entirety of NECC, he said. So whether youre an officer, a fleet returnee or a new accession, youre going to get exposure to this course, because it will save your life.

    The first sailors through the course will be new Seabees, who previously had their own shorter two-week combat skills course called Seabee Replacement Training.

    Other students will be eligible by priority, with sailors headed to riverine squadrons high on the list, along with expeditionary security force sailors, said Capt. Bob McKenna, assistant chief of staff for training at NECC.

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