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Storekeeper, postal clerk training helps Sailors transition to new rating.

U.S. Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Yokosuka recently concluded its first weeklong specialized training program and introduced postal clerks (PCs) to fundamental storekeeper (SK) knowledge in advance of the upcoming merger into the new logistics specialist (LS) rate.

The name change to logistics specialist will be official in October 2009.

"The training is very vital because we are going to be performing a totally different function from what we have ever done before," said Chief Postal Clerk (SW/AW) Daniel Miller.

FISC Yokosuka Regional Postal Manager Dale Pinchart said postal clerks traveled from all corners of FISC Yokosuka's Area of Responsibility (AOR), which stretches across the Western Pacific.

"Currently, 30 postal clerks are going through the training. They came from Hong Kong, Korea, Guam, Sasebo, Okinawa, Atsugi, Yokohama and Yokosuka," said Pinchart.

To address the potential challenge presented by this wide AOR, senior SKs will attend centralized training and create a mobile training team (MTT).

"There are still 100 others [PCs] throughout the FISC Yokosuka region who need this training," said Pinchart. "However as everyone knows the mail never stops, so we could not shut down operations to allow all to attend at once; that is where the MTT will hopefully come into play."

The first LS advancement exam will be administered January 2010. The greater volume of its content will be devoted to conventional SK knowledge.

"I understand some postal clerks are discouraged that the exams contain only 10 percent postal training, but just like everything else, it falls on them to be proactive rather than reactive," said Miller.

Miller also attended the classes as a student.

"When we integrate with the storekeepers and become logistics specialists, this course, together with on-the-job training, will make the transition a lot easier," said Miller.

Miller believes success for PCs in the new LS rate is all about personal initiative.

"Going into a new rating is going to take a little time, but as long as you apply yourself and study the basics, you have every opportunity to grow with that," said Miller. "Take it upon yourself, and you are going to do fine."

The PC training course has already been offered in locations such as Norfolk and San Diego.

"The feedback we have received has been positive," said Pinchart. "Most agree there is a lot of information to digest, but it is well worth the time but nothing will take the place of on the job training."

The training for PCs eases the transition to the new LS rate and remains consistent with the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Supply Community Command Master Chief, Master Chief (SW) James Collins' message earlier this year.

"We're going to make sure that they [PCs] have every opportunity to excel, both through advancement and where they are being stationed," said Collins. "We won't let them fail. We will adjust things as we go through the process to make sure this merger is as successful as possible."

Story by Blake Vives, U.S. Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Yokosuka, Japan.
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Date:Sep 1, 2009
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