A well trained force is the major contributor to readiness. To sustain readiness today and in the future requires quality people, in sufficient numbers, with quality training. These elements, when combined with weapon systems and supported by sound operational doctrine equal operational dominance. Reduced to its basic form:

(Manpower + Weapon Systems + Doctrine) x Training =

Operational Dominance

The major force multiplier in this overall equation is quality training. When viewed in relation to potential manpower challenges and reduced defense budgets, quality training remains the key element which must be sustained to maintain readiness.

Toward this goal, Naval Aviation has embarked on a training strategy which applies a systems view to address the three key elements of operational dominance. This strategy spans the full spectrum of the "Training Continuum" from aviation accessions through Fleet squadron training. This concept is captured in the accompanying figure.

To execute this strategy requires a balanced approach which includes: sufficient numbers of personnel accessed to meet Fleet requirements, quality training which spans undergraduate/graduate (Training Command through Fleet Replacement Squadron), and standardized Fleet squadron training. This strategy is being developed to ensure quality of training while realizing the impacts of constrained budgets today and in the future.

The major elements of this strategy include:

Naval Aviation has undertaken a proactive training strategy. This strategy has applied a balanced approach to training, incorporating the right technology to ensure quality of training while increasing potential efficiencies. The end goal remains a well-trained force, which ensures READINESS.