Senior enlisted leaders across the fleet have worked together to develop a “character focused” learning continuum for our enlisted force. This training, which begins with foundational courses, places a premium on personal and professional growth through expert use of challenge, adversity, feedback and mentoring. The Enlisted Leader Development (ELD) continuum will ultimately replace the indoctrination courses previously required when selected for advancement. Rather than being event driven, ELD integrates training throughout the Sailor’s entire enlisted career. By investing in our enlisted leaders continuously, we drive each leader closer to his or her theoretical limits of performance.
Courses are intensely interactive and are facilitated by a cadre of instructors trained and certified by the Navy Leadership and Ethics Center. They are designed to be delivered in a learning environment close to the waterfront or flight line, bringing the training to the Sailor on the deckplates. This hybrid delivery model ensures quality, flexibility and efficiency of these short duration, high-impact advanced learning experiences.
NLEC is responsible to conduct 25 percent of the Navy’s needs for ELD via NLEC San Diego and NLEC Dam Neck school houses. Qualified Command Navy Leader Development Facilitator (C-NLDF) and Chief Petty Officer Navy Leader Development Facilitator (CPO-NLDF) instructors throughout the fleet are designated and trained to pick up 75 percent of the fleet’s needs via command hosted classes.
ELD describes all aspects of enlisted leadership skills training, character development, decision making, self-awareness and ethics. It occurs when a member participates in leader development activities, formal education, reading or viewing leadership-related material, discussing leadership issues, observing leaders in action and performing as a leader. Effective leader development includes both formal training and self-directed study and reflection.
NELDC refers to the series of leader development courses and events that form the foundation of our ELD strategy. The continuum provides development opportunities at regular intervals throughout a Sailor’s career, supporting leadership growth and reflection. Learning events are tailored at each stage in the continuum to the level of a Sailor’s leadership responsibility (roles and billets) and seniority. Sailors attend courses for the paygrades and roles they are in – not designed or delivered as “indoctrination”.