PREPARING FOR ADVANCEMENT
The educational services officer (ESO) should be
familiar with the different types of NRTCs available to
both officer and enlisted personnel. He or she should know
how they are administered and who administers them.
The ESO should understand the role Nonresident
Training Courses (NRTCs) play in the advancement
process and in the training of enlisted and officer
personnel. He or she should also be familiar with the
proper procedures for obtaining and grading these
courses. The basic reference for NRTCs is the Catalog
of Nonresident Training Courses, NAVEDTRA 12061.
The latest copy of this reference may be found at
In this chapter we will be discussing the following
The purpose of nonresident training courses.
Procedures for ordering training materials.
Procedures for administering courses.
Procedures for ordering and controlling answer
Procedures for grading courses.
The purpose of distribution statements.
The purpose and use of occupational standards
and naval standards.
Publications used to prepare for advancement.
NONRESIDENT TRAINING COURSES
Learning Objectives: Identify the general purposes,
components, and format of NRTCs; explain the different
components of administering the NRTC program and
NRTC answer keys; explain the purpose of Distribution
NONRESIDENT TRAINING COURSE
An NRTC (formerly Rate Training Manuals,
TRAMANS, or Correspondence Courses) is a
self-study package designed to help a student acquire
Navy professional or military knowledge.
package normally consists of a course text and a set of
course assignments, and may be delivered in hard
copy, electronically, or both. In some cases the text for
an NRTC may be an existing manual, instruction, or an
off-the-shelf commercial textbook. An end of course
test (EOC) may be included for some courses.
Enlisted personnel: A source of study for
advancement-in-rate examinations and
Officer and enlisted personnel: A source of
information about the professional and
military skills and knowledge required by
U.S. Naval Reservists (USNR):
capability to enhance their professional and
military skills and knowledge and the
opportunity to earn retirement points.
A means of
monitoring professional knowledge of
NRTC Types. There are two types of NRTCs:
NRTCs with assignments and text. In this case,
text and assignments are developed together as a
The text provides an organized
presentation of the subject matter. It contains
learning objectives and may contain embedded
questions, review questions, assignments, and
other exercises designed to assist the learner.
Throughout the text, the learner is provided with
references to related publications for further
study. The text should be used as the source of
information for answering questions in
associated assignments or EOC tests.
NRTCs with assignments based on other
Some NRTCs consist only of
assignments that are written for existing
directives, instructions, manuals, commercial