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NARR/REF A IS OPNAVINST 6520.1A, OPERATIONAL STRESS CONTROL PROGRAM.
REF B IS OPNAVINST 5354.1G, NAVY EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM MANUAL.
REF C IS NAVY COMMAND RESILIENCE TEAM GUIDE.
REF D IS A COORDINATED COMMANDER, U.S. PACIFIC FLEET, COMMANDER, U.S. FLEET
FORCES COMMAND, AND COMMANDER, U.S. NAVAL FORCES EUROPE/AFRICA MESSAGE SUBJ
12-STAR MESSAGE ON SUICIDE PREVENTION THERE ARE NO BYSTANDERS//
RMKS/1. As we approach the end of suicide prevention awareness month for
2019, we must acknowledge the sobering fact that we are losing our shipmates
to suicide at an increasing rate. A new approach to our Operational Stress
Control (OSC) program is critical to reversing this trend. Every day, we
each play a part in creating a supporting environment where those who need
help have the courage to seek help.
2. I applaud our hard work to date, but the approach we have been taking is
not enough. Leadership must make the mental and physical well-being of our
Sailors a priority and get actively involved in resiliency programs. Sailors
must be constantly on the lookout for uncharacteristic behavior, and are
encouraged to support their shipmates and step forward to report what they
see. We are the eyes and ears on the deckplates and the first line of
defense. To properly train everyone for this critical fight, a fight we must
wage 24/7, our Command Resilience Teams (CRTs) must take a new approach to
how they do business with leadership engaged for every Sailor, every day.
3. This NAVADMIN announces an OSC program policy update. Effective 1
a. An Expanded Operational Stress Control (E-OSC) program will inform,
empower and encourage the Navy community of Sailors, civilians and their
families to identify signs of stress within themselves and others and know
where to turn for help. The E-OSC will leverage CRTs and deckplate
leadership to provide more accessible, collaborative resources and real-time
assessments of unit culture to promote healthy command climates and mitigate
b. As we will simplify and align our efforts to gain the best support
for our Sailors and their families, we can no longer just conduct OSC
training prior to deployment. We must change our culture and actions to
promote excellence for every Sailor, every day. Therefore, the OSC pre-
deployment training requirement outlined in reference (a) is cancelled.
Specifically, Navy Operational Stress ControlLeader (NAVOSC-LEAD) and
Deckplate Leader Operational Stress Control (DPL-OSC) courses as previously
conducted by the OSC Mobile Training Teams are no longer required.
c. Instead, we are shifting the OSC training focus to a more
comprehensive model that uses OSC regardless of deployment status. The
expanded focus of OSC and CRTs will target and address the broad range of
stressors (relationship problems, career transitions, disciplinary/legal
issues, performance issues and financial strain) that Sailors experience.
The Executive Officer or second senior officer is the Chairman of the CRT,
with the responsibility to enforce this requirement.
d. CRTs monitor, assess and provide recommendations to support and
connect Sailors to resources to minimize and/or cope with stress. To aid
information flow and keep command leadership abreast of the challenges
impacting Sailors, deckplate leadership shall provide regular reports to the
CRT including feedback and lessons learned, in line with references (b)
4. Our CRTs must embrace a new approach as critical enablers of E-OSC by
adopting principles of Primary Prevention and Human Factors. This new
approach will give CRTs greater capability and responsibility to assess the
overall well-being, morale and stress-level of the command.
a. In August 2019, over 200 Command Climate Specialists (CCSs), Sexual
Assault Prevention and Response Officers (SAPROs), Inclusion and Diversity
Officers (IDOs), Alcohol and Drug Control Officers (ADCOs), and Suicide
Prevention Program Managers received initial advanced Human Factors Process
(Phase I) training.
b. CCSs will continue to train CRTs at each command in line with current
guidance. CCSs will complete advanced training by 31 March 2020, enabling
them to train unit-level CRTs to apply prevention principles, Human Factors
processes and command climate tools. Unit-level CRT training in these
advanced principles will be completed by June 2020.
5. Starting TODAY we can all improve our overall command environments and
reverse our suicide trend. Commanders, Commanding Officers, and Officers-in-
Charge, will immediately implement the following requirements:
a. Advertise the MyNavyFamily Application in all Welcome Aboard Letters
and include contact information to the Ombudsman to assist Navy families with
b. Modify Command Indoctrination to include an introduction to the CRT,
its functions and the essential role of deckplate leadership.
c. Post a list of organic and inorganic resources in a common area to
connect Service Members and their families to supportive services to receive
help, when needed.
d. Add the Command Sponsor Coordinator and Command Indoctrination
Coordinator as permanent CRT members.
e. Within 60 days of the release of this NAVADMIN (or as soon as
communications allow), each command will be required to report completion and
compliance with paragraphs 5.a. through 5.d. to their Immediate Superior in
6. The following resources are available for use by leadership / CRTs at all
levels to assist in cultivating a culture of healthy stress management.
a. Deployed Resiliency Counselors (DRCs).
b. Embedded Mental Health Providers.
c. Navy Dietitian Support to Operational Forces.
d. Fleet and Family Readiness Programs such as Navy Fitness, the Liberty
Program and Community Recreation.
e. Navy Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC) which provide
educational programs and services in the areas of deployment support,
personal financial management, clinical counseling, and life skills
education. To find your local FFSC visit https://www.ffsp.navy.mil.
f. Lifelink newsletter. Monthly informational resource featuring
content related to the Navys 21st Century Sailor programs that may influence
operational stress control and stress navigation. Recent editions can be
found under the 21st Century Sailor tab at:
7. There are a variety of additional Sailor and family resources available
to navigate stress or personal crises.
a. Military Crisis Line 24/7 confidential and toll-free support for
service members and veterans in crisis. Call 1-800-273-TALK (option 1), text
838255 or visit www.militarycrisisline.net.
b. Military OneSource Confidential non-medical counseling available to
service members and families. Call 1-800-342-9647 or visit
c. Navy Chaplain Care - Communications are 100 percent confidential
unless the service member decides otherwise. Call 1-855-NAVY-311 to request
chaplain support or visit http://www.navy.mil/local/chaplaincorps/.
d. Psychological Health Resource Center Free and confidential
professional health resource for service members, families and clinicians.
Call 1-866-966-1020 or visit http://www.realwarriors.net/livechat to speak
with a consultant 24/7.
e. Psychological Health Outreach Program (PHOP) - Provides Navy
Reservists and their families full access to appropriate psychological health
care services. Contact your local PHOP region for assistance at 1-
f. Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center Committed to supporting
Fleet and Marine Corps readiness and enhancing public health outcomes through
products and services. http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/health-
8. The point of contact is LCDR Stephanie Long, at (901) 874- 6943/DSN 882-
6943 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
9. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
10. Released by Vice Admiral John B Nowell, Jr, N1.//