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IMNA’s Grayson Technical Specialties College (TSC) trains enlisted personnel in their ratings, and officers to lead the departments and divisions in which these ratings work. Enlisted personnel can choose among a variety of ratings that suit their desires. All specialties are grouped into departments, as on the ships, with each specialty its own school. Specialties are comprised of two-to-five courses technical training: A Course (Apprentice), M Course (Mate), C Course (Chief), W Course (Warrant Officer Specialist), and D Course (Officer). The W courses are optional and available to those who choose to pursue a course at the highest enlisted rates in their technical specialty. INNA TSC also includes two specialty centers: Alvarez Field LAC Training Command and the Hugh Yanakov Centre for the Study of Military Law.

IMNA TSC Departments and Schools

IMNA TSC Course Types and Prerequisites

  • A Course (Apprentice Rate Specific Training): Prerequisite IMNA-GSN-0001.
  • M Course (Mate Rate Specific Training): Prerequisite IMNA-GSN-0002 and A course.
  • C Course (Chief Rate Specific Training): Prerequisite IMNA-GSN-0004 and M course.
  • W Course (Warrant Officer Specialist Training) Prerequisite IMNA-GSN-0011 and C course.
  • D Course (Officer Specific Training) Prerequisite IMNA-GSN-0101 and C course.

Warrant Officer Projects

Warrant officer, or W, projects are different than traditional courses and require the student to propose a project relevant to the subject matter, have it approved by the instructor, and complete the project to the instructor’s satisfaction. All warrant officer projects are graded pass or requires further information or revision. Anyone who has satisfied the course prerequisites may complete a W project; a W project is required for those wishing to hold a warrant officer billet.

To get approval for a W project, you must fill out the “BuTrain Warrant Officer Project Proposal Form” (click here to get form) (and found in the General Academy Questions Forum Useful Links post) and submit it to the appropriate instructor for approval. Using a form helps ensure students provide instructors with the right information for the projects to be approved. However, a student may provide an instructor the same information without the form if they provide all the information included on the form. This proposal form is intended to ensure that proposals meet the requirements for warrant officer projects and provide information to help instructors grade submitted projects. All Warrant Officer Projects must follow this process and must not be something you have already completed, created, or finished prior to applying to do the project.

Types of Warrant Officer Projects

  • Write a persuasive paper. You propose a thesis for approval and write a paper to support that thesis. Your proposal must include a thesis statement that states what it is you are going to support or defend and what your conclusion is. The proposal should also state how it relates to the Honorverse and/or TRMN. Your submission for grading would be the paper. It should be at least 3 pages long. You must include references and citations using your choice of documentation style (such as MPA, APA, or bluebook). Any paper received without appropriate citations will be treated as a draft and returned for revision.
  • Write an informational paper. You describe a topic as a subject matter expert and relate it to the Honorverse and/or TRMN. Your proposal must include the topic of your paper and how it relates to the Honorverse and/or TRMN. Your submission for grading would be the paper. It should be at least 3 pages long. You must include references and citations using your choice of documentation style (such as MPA, APA, or bluebook). Any paper received without appropriate citations will be treated as a draft and returned for revision.
  • Write a research paper. You discuss the different opinions, views, and ideas on a topic in an unbiased manner. Your proposal must include your research topic and how it relates to the Honorverse and/or TRMN. Your submission for grading would be the paper. It should be at least 3 pages long. You must include references and citations using your choice of documentation style (such as MPA, APA, or bluebook). Any paper received without appropriate citations will be treated as a draft and returned for revision.
  • Complete a task. You could use something you have learned to do something else, such as using math to plot a course or radar to find something. Your proposal must discuss how this relates to the Honorverse and/or TRMN. Your submission for grading must include the work completed, such as a math proof, or documented evidence of your completing the task such as pictures or video with accompanying descriptions.
  • Build or create something. You could propose to build or create something, such as a radio, computer, or computer program to complete a certain task. Your proposal must discuss how this relates to the Honorverse and/or TRMN. Your submission for grading must include proof of the work you did. For example, if you built a radio you can provide pictures of your build, and perhaps a short video of it working.
  • Get a certification. You could propose to get an outside certification. Your proposal must provide information on what is required to get the certification and discuss how this relates to the Honorverse and/or TRMN. Your submission for grading must include a copy of the certification and, if you had to do anything for it, a description of what you did.
  • Write a fictional story. You could propose to write a fictional story set in the Honorverse. Your proposal must indicate how the story relates to subject matter. To respect the spirit of Admiralty Order 1102-03 regarding fan fiction, any Honorverse-based short story must only feature original characters. It may mention or briefly discuss canon characters or events, but it must not feature these events/characters. If the story includes any “real life” persons in their story (such as other members of TRMN), the student must obtain the other members permission before including them and include a release when they submit the story. Your submission for grading would be the story.
  • Write a biographical research paper. You could propose to write a biographical research paper on an individual in history. Your proposal must discuss how this individual relates to the Honorverse and/or TRMN. Your submission for grading would be the paper. It should be at least 3 pages long. You must include references and citations using your choice of documentation style (such as MPA, APA, or bluebook). Any paper received without appropriate citations will be treated as a draft and returned for revision.
  • Write new course questions. You could propose to write new course questions for the subject matter. If you wish to do this project, you must complete the D course before doing so. The questions proposed must be different than any current questions and must include the answer and appropriate references. You must include ten multiple choice or short answer/fill in the blank questions (five suitable for the A course and five for the C course) and five short essay questions (with one-paragraph answers) suitable for the D course. Your submission for grading would be the course questions and answer key with appropriate citations.
  • Complete a different project. You could propose a different type of project than listed above. Your proposal must include what it is you are proposing to do, what the outcome will be, and how it relates to the Honorverse and/or TRMN.

Information on W projects can also be found in the “How do I complete a warrant officer level specialty project (BuTrain Order 034-16)” pinned post in the Student Questions Forum.


Enlisted Grade and Specialty Rating Address Protocol

There are two types of ratings in the GSN: petty officers who are addressed as “Mate” and petty officers who are addressed as “Petty Officer.” Below are examples of how a crewmember would be addressed from Spacer 3rd Class (E-1) up to Senior Master Chief Petty Officer (E-10).

Grade Petty Officer Mate
E-1 Coxswain 3rd Class Smith Electronics Technician 3rd Class Jones
E-2 Coxswain 2nd Class Smith Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jones
E-3 Coxswain 1st Class Smith Electronics Technician 1st Class Jones
E-4 Coxswain Petty Officer 3rd Class Smith Electronics Mate 3rd Class Jones
E-5 Coxswain Petty Officer 2nd Class Smith Electronics Mate 2nd Class Jones
E-6 Coxswain Petty Officer 1st Class Smith Electronics Mate 1st Class Jones
E-7 Chief Coxswain Smith Chief Electronics Mate Jones
E-8 Senior Chief Coxswain Smith Senior Chief Electronics Mate Jones
E-9 Master Chief Coxswain Smith Master Chief Electronics Mate Jones
E-10 Senior Master Chief Coxswain Smith Senior Master Chief Electronics Mate Jones

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