are working for advancement to second class,
study the material that is listed for second class;
but remember that you are also responsible for
the references listed at the third class level.
In using NAVEDTRA 10052, you will notice
that some rate training manuals are marked with
an asterisk (*). Any manual marked in this way
is MANDATORYthat is, it must be completed
at the indicated rate level before you can be eligi-
ble to take the Navywide examination for
advancement. Each mandatory manual may be
completed by (1) passing the appropriate NRCC
that is based on the mandatory training manual,
(2) passing locally prepared tests based on the in-
formation given in the training manual, or (3) in
some cases, successfully completing an ap-
propriate Navy school.
Do not overlook the section of NAVEDTRA
10052 that lists the required and recommended
references relating to the naval standards for
advancement. Personnel in ALL ratings must
complete the mandatory military requirements
training manual for the appropriate rate level
before they can be eligible to advance.
The references listed in NAVEDTRA 10052
that are recommended but not mandatory should
also be studied carefully. ALL references listed
in NAVEDTRA 10052 may be used as source
material for the written examinations at the ap-
propriate rate levels.
Rate Training Manuals
There are two general types of rate training
manuals. RATING manuals (such as this one) are
prepared for most enlisted ratings. A rating
manual gives information that is directly related
to the occupational standards of ONE rating.
SUBJECT-MATTER manuals or BASIC
manuals give information that applies to more
than one rating.
Rate training manuals are revised from time
to time to keep them up-to-date technically. The
revision of a rate training manual is identified by
a letter following the NAVEDTRA number. You
can tell whether any particular copy of a training
manual is the latest edition by checking the
NAVEDTRA number and the letter following this
number in the most recent edition of List of Train-
ing Manuals and Correspondence Courses,
NAVEDTRA 10061. (NAVEDTRA 10061 is ac-
ctually a catalog that lists all current training
manuals and courses; you will find this catalog
useful in planning your study program.)
Each time a rate training manual is revised,
it is brought into conformance with the official
publications and directives on which it is based.
But during the life of any edition, discrepancies
between the manual and the official sources are
almost certain to arise because of changes to the
latter that are issued in the interim. In the per-
formance of your duties you should always refer
to the appropriate official publication or direc-
tive. If the official source is listed in NAVEDTRA
10052, the Naval Education and Training Pro-
gram Management Support Activity uses it as a
source of questions in preparing the fleetwide ex-
aminations for advancement. In case of dis-
crepancies between any publications listed in
NAVEDTRA 10052 for a given rate, the examina-
tion writers will use the most recent material.
Rate training manuals are designed to help you
prepare for advancement. The following sugges-
tions may help you make the best use of this
manual and other Navy training publications
when your are preparing for advancement.
1. Study the naval standards and the occupa-
tional standards for your rating before you
study the training manual and refer to the
standards frequently as you study.
Remember, you are studying the manual
primarily in order to meet these standards.
2. Set up a regular study plan. It will probably
be easier for you to stick to a schedule if
you can plan to study at the same time each
day. If possible, schedule your study for
a time of day when you will not have too
many interruptions or distractions.
3. Before you begin to study any part of the
manual intensively, become familiar with
the entire book. Read the preface and the
table of contents. Check through the index.
Thumb through the book without any par-
ticular plan, looking at the illustrations and
reading bits here and there as you see things
that interest you.
4. Look at the training manual in more detail
to see how it is organized. Look at the table
of contents again. Then chapter by chapter,
read the introduction, the headings, and
the subheadings. This will give you a clear
picture of the scope and content of the
book. As you look through the book this
way, ask yourself some questions:
. What do I need to learn about this?
. What do I already know about this?