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John Kroger, Chief Learning Officer at the U.S. Navy, discusses efforts to improve education at the Navy and Marine Corps, and what his priorities are in the new position.

The Navy is looking to bolster how they educate their ranks. From the creation of a training college to the implementation of school selection standards, keeping troops trained up is a key priority for the service. John Kroger, the first ever chief learning officer at the Navy, is key to these efforts. He told Government Matters that what the Navy and Marine Corps need is a robust education strategy.


“This is in no way a startup. We have world class institutions, starting at the undergraduate level for officers with the Naval Academy and NROTC institutions… A lot of the pieces are in place. I think what’s been missing is a strategy with clear outcomes that we’re seeking to hit. And so, my goal is really to help drive us toward a clear strategy,” Kroger said. “And it’s going to I think have some pretty significant ramifications that are going to be areas of curriculum where we need much greater focus. Areas for me, doing more in technology, much more around training around acquisition. As weapons systems get more complex, I want to build a more sophisticated educational effort to get our acquisition officers ready for that world.”

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