GREAT LAKES (NNS) – When the leadership of the US Navy asked the question, the leadership of the US Army answered.
Where the Recruit Training Command (RTC) had a need, Fort McCoy, an army training center in western Wisconsin, had a solution.
Seeking to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the RTC and Army leadership have formed a joint operations partnership to allow the post to serve as a movement restriction site (ROM) for Navy recruits before entering. in basic training.
“We are grateful to the leadership of the Army at Fort McCoy for their exceptional support which has enabled us to accomplish our mission,” said Captain Erik Thors, Commander of RTC. “We could not have achieved the same level of success without this common services approach. I am in awe of all that our sailors as well as the staff at Fort McCoy have accomplished during this time, not only with what they have done, but also with the way they have done it. Their attitude was most impressive and I am proud to have led them in this joint effort. “
After initially using local hotels for the ROM, the RTC directed incoming recruits to Fort McCoy. As of August 2020, nearly 25,000 recruits have started their Navy careers with a first 14-day COVID ROM at Fort McCoy. The latest recruits are expected to leave Fort McCoy on April 29, and the RTC plans to complete the facility renewal on May 17.
The RTC will now welcome recruits during their initial 14-day COVID ROM.
Safe ROM completion is important to the continued flow of personnel through the training pipeline safely and without disruption. The cessation of training creates gaps in the fleet, preventing staff from transferring orders.
The Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Admiral John Nowell, Jr. visited the RTC and Fort McCoy in December.
“I cannot thank the military enough for sharing their space with us to continue our mission,” Nowell said. “Without their support, the mission of the RTC, the Membership Pipeline and the overall mission of continuing to manpower the fleet would not have been possible.”
Support Sailors came from commands such as the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel, Naval Personnel Command, Naval Recruiting Command, Naval Services Training Command, Navy Band Great Lakes, Center for Surface Combat Systems Unit and the Great Lakes Training Support Center. In addition to short-term support, former recruiting division commanders (CDRs) assisted for longer periods between commands, as well as on individual reinforcement orders. Additional support came from medical staff at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) and Navy medical reservists.
The initial efforts to prepare Fort McCoy for recruits resulted in many logistical challenges.
“A major obstacle to the completion of the ROM at Fort McCoy was the application of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s social distancing guidelines to open bay barracks,” said Lt. Antoine Washington, RTC officer in charge of Fort McCoy operations. “To overcome this barrier, (RTC and FHCC Preventive Medicine staff) created the ‘Quadruple Method’ of recruit housing. By creating clearly visible traffic barriers inside the barracks, recruiting supervisors could honestly tell that social distancing was being maintained in an establishment that had not been built with this in mind. “
In addition to providing accommodation and kitchens for staff and recruits, Fort McCoy provided the RTC team with access to basic activities, services and other amenities for morale, welfare, and recreation.
“We had 24 hour access to their basic gymnasium,” Lt. Washington said. “In addition, the local MWR booths were a welcome retreat for staff members during times of low operations. “
Training camp lasts approximately eight weeks and all enlisted in the US Navy begin their careers in command. The training includes physical fitness, seamanship, firearms, firefighting and damage control on board, as well as lessons on the Navy’s heritage and core values, teamwork and the discipline. More than 40,000 recruits train each year at the Navy’s sole training camp. For more information on Recruit Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/rtc
|Date posted:||20.20.2021 13:48|
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