By Lt. Kat Smith, Navy Office of Community Outreach
Sailors are some of the most highly-trained people on the planet, according to Navy officials, and this training requires highly-dedicated instructors.
At Naval Education and Training command, instructors at advanced technical schools teach sailors to be highly skilled, operational, and combat ready warfighters, while providing the tools and opportunities for continuous learning and development.
Seaman Dylan Myers, a native of St. Cloud, Florida, is a student at NETC, learning the necessary skills needed to be an electronics technician.
An electronics technician is responsible for the maintenance and up keep of various electronic circuits and equipment onboard Navy warships and land-based commands.
Students attend advanced technical schools after “boot camp.” They are taught the basic technical knowledge and skills required to be successful in their new careers.
Myers, a 2010 graduate of St. Cloud High School, credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in St. Cloud.
“I was 26 when I enlisted, so having all those life experiences has really helped me value and appreciate the structure and longevity of a Navy career,” Myers said.
NETC educates and trains those who serve, providing the tools and opportunities which enable life-long learning, professional and personal growth and development, ensuring fleet readiness and mission accomplishment.
NETC is made up of six commands that provide a continuum of professional education and training in support of Surface Navy requirements that prepare enlisted sailors and officers to serve at sea, providing apprentice and specialized skills training to 7,500 sailors a year.
A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea.
Myers plays an important role in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of National Defense Strategy.
“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”
Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Myers, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Myers is honored to carry on the family tradition.
“My great grandfather fought in WWII in Okinawa, my grandfather was an electronics instructor for the Air Force during Vietnam and my cousin is a boatswain’s mate in the Navy,” Myers said. “Although, my family has a lot of military history, a military career was never pushed on me. I really felt I joined the Navy for me and now I can feel that connection to my family and it’s been a great opportunity for me to grow.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Myers and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.
“I will be able to be a part of something bigger and contribute to something important by serving in the Navy,” Myers said. “I will have endless opportunities to grow as a person and it will expose me to new adventures in life.”