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Saturday, November 05, 2005

5VM V12... WTF?

For those of you who can't get enough of Navy acronyms and personnel programs, check out this propaganda release from NAVPERS:

"The Functional Integration Management department at Naval Personnel Development Command (NPDC) released Version 12 (V12) of the 5 Vector Model (5VM) in October.
"This latest version, available on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO), expands the capabilities of an Integrated Learning Environment (ILE) that incorporates existing training opportunities and task-based initiatives with "SkillObjects."

Fallen asleep yet? For those who've been out a few years, the "Five Vector Model" (or 5VM) is the latest Navy attempt to... well, I guess the latest attempt to provide fitrep bullet points for senior officers and enlisted who are no longer on the "fast track". It's supposed to be a new way of matching the right Sailor with the right job; as it is, the way they hope to track the "skills" a Sailor has will end up being an on-line version of the "PARS" cluster----. As far as helping win the War on Terror, it does keep some of these people who are developing it away from staffs where they might mess up the war, so it's doing its job in that way.

As XO of a training command, I got sucked into some meetings when they were first introducing it, and the room was full of O-5s and O-6s, with nary a command pin in sight. I could tell immediately that the whole project had "trainwreck" written all over it, but as you know, speeding trains have a lot of inertia.

So, has the project lived up to expectations? Let's see what the propaganda report says:

“Without question, many Sailors have had some frustrating experiences with their 5VM," he added, "but we have listened and will continue to listen to Sailor feedback and do everything we can to constantly improve upon the last iteration and make it more functional and more user friendly. Every Sailor needs to take the 5VM very seriously because in the future, the 5VM will be the primary tool for career management, and our Sailors have to be ready and able to take advantage of every opportunity.”

Yep, that's pretty much what I expected...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL, 5VM? Has anybody but the politicos figured out what it is going to be used for other than taking up Navy money that could build ships? New fitrep system that takes a team to conduct a conference for each person to "evaluate" them. Sounds like SOBT a couple of years ago huh? Submarines for Dummies? How about the new tagout system that is properly known as "SOBS", because that's all you get out of it? Howabout JASS? Bahahaha.....
We don't need any more help from the shore duty types, we barely have time to scratch our @ss on the boats now without their help.
Ah, don't forget, it's all web based, easily accessible to a submarine crew that's underway 9 months a year, LOL, what a waste of time and money.
And they wonder why we don't have the money to build ships?

11/06/2005 12:15 AM

Anonymous bullnav said...

Here in the reserve world (and that's the Navy Reserve and not the Naval Reserve) 5VM is worthless, yet we are required to figure it out, spend time on it, train on it...for not a lot of return. The only thing that is more worthless is the whole NMCI and CAC reader requirement that I am sure cost tons of money for no value added. It seems that now that the Navy has realized how fast you can propogate useless systems via the Internet, they (Big Navy) are wasting more of the taxpayer dollars on systems that don't work instead of supporting the warfighter on the front lines.

11/06/2005 8:53 AM

Blogger geezernuke said...

Hey bullnav, I said the same thing 40 yrs ago when copy machines first hit the fleet.

11/06/2005 6:01 PM

Anonymous bullnav said...

Geezernuke, outstanding!!!HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11/07/2005 3:40 AM

Blogger RAYMAN said...

Typical statements from a submariner who has no clue about what 95% of the real Navy is doing. Surveys done on "Real" sailors have shown the 5VM gives them career guidance an paths when "superiors" such as yourself wearing comand pendants gave them none. Bottom line is retire so there are less roadblocks for progression.

9/27/2007 5:58 AM

Blogger An Author said...

The Government didn't invent the photo copier LOL HAHA

10/20/2013 6:17 PM


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