Petty Officer Indoctrination Course Inspires Leadership
By MC3 Jacob Sippel
USS Frank Cable (AS 40) Public Affairs
Release Date: 12/10/2009
APRA HARBOR, Guam – USS Frank Cable’s (AS 40) newest advanced 3rd class petty officers recently took part and completed a Petty Officer Indoctrination Course aimed at molding young Sailors into future Naval leaders.
There are many things newly advanced petty officers need to know to continue to be successful. During this course, Sailors had the opportunity to learn what it means to be a petty officer and what comes along with this advancement.
“This is the perfect opportunity for these young Sailors to learn about what is expected as petty officers in today’s Navy,” said Hull Maintenance Technician 1st Class Keith Brann, Petty Officer Indoctrination Course Instructor. “We give them the tools and information needed to become successful leaders and it’s up to them to take in this information and use it in a positive way for the Navy.”
The Petty Officer Indoctrination Course was developed to educate in a variety of leadership-related subjects that will build a foundation for self-development. Subjects included basic leadership knowledge and responsibility with discussions of values, discipline and standards.
“This course goes over everything needed to become a better Sailor and perhaps a better person in general,” said Ship’s Serviceman 3rd Class (selectee) James Hunt. “We are taught how to handle our rank and how to handle our subordinates as well as many other helping areas of Naval leadership.”
With promotion comes additional responsibility and authority, accompanied by higher accountability. Promotion to petty officer is not just a raise in pay. It is a shift in roles, from one who has been led, to one who must now lead.
“I now feel a lot more comfortable expressing my ideas and views on becoming better at our rate,” said Operations Specialist 3rd Class (selectee) Eric LeRoy. “The added challenges that come along with the rank are more than welcome.”
“There is more expected out of us now,” said Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class (selectee) Mitchell Moore. “Advancing in rank will give us the opportunity to help out younger Sailors and guide them in the right path and that is part of becoming a leader in the Navy.”
As Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet's only operational submarine tender, Frank Cable readily deploys to ports throughout the Western Pacific to provide services to both submarines and surface ships in the Seventh Fleet area of responsibility. For more information on Frank Cable, visit the ship's website at www.cable.navy.mil.