Amen to the writer of “ ‘Human-based’ training needed” (letter, Jan. 7).
Ever since the military as a whole (we have the same problem in the Air Force) went to computer-based training and online training, it seems to have become a virus. We [use] computer-based training as much as possible and have even come up with the biggest time-waste of all: taking CBT so you can take the class. Mission? Physical fitness training? Forget all that. You need to take CBTs that have nothing to do with your primary job — or even secondary, for that matter.
It’s quite unfortunate that we resort to check-box surveys instead of face to face. No one must ever lie on their mental health screenings, so it’s a continuous puzzle as to why our military brothers and sisters develop these “overnight, never-saw-it-coming” problems.
Sure, we’ll say it’s all in the funding and manning. We’re cutting back in everything and taking the computer route to replace people. It’s great for unmanned aerial vehicles, but is it really smart or safe to do it for training, medical screenings and mission accomplishment?
It’s all about money, and our leaders have decided money for new uniform studies is more important than having enough people to do face-to-face training.
Tech. Sgt. Patrick “Mac” McKimmieMisawa, Japan