RECREATIONAL OFF-DUTY RISK MANAGEMENT:
R 161513Z AUG 18
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N09/AUG//
SUBJ/RECREATIONAL OFF-DUTY RISK MANAGEMENT//
RMKS/1. Teammates, we have lost seven Shipmates so far this fiscal year to
preventable off-duty mishaps. We all have a responsibility to each other that
goes beyond the end of the duty day. Risk management training is a must with
the right tools applied routinely in order for Sailors to be successful in
their off-duty pursuits.
2. Four of seven recreational fatalities this year involved water activities
such as spearfishing, diving, cliff jumping, and swimming. Two fatalities
were Sailors hiking alone. These fatalities occurred while participating in
common recreational activities and they were all preventable. The loss of
these Sailors affects the Navy, our mission, and the lives of Shipmates,
friends, and especially families left behind.
3. There are many resources available to support recreational off-duty risk
management. These include information on the Naval Safety Center website,
Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and local/regional hazard briefs that are
tailored to specific information and known hazards for each region.
Additionally, our Sailors must also have the time critical risk management
skills to prevent injury while enjoying off-duty activities. This can be
taught and learned by reading and following warning signs (e.g., rip
currents, high surf, hazardous cliff, etc.). This can be prevented by not
conducting high-risk activities alone, and by assessing our own skill and
4. This is not an annual summer check-in-the-block, but rather a call to
instill a culture of continuous risk management by all our warfighters, both
on and off-duty. Communicate early and often at the deckplate level by an
involved Command and Chief Petty Officer Mess. We can’t afford to lose any
Sailors to preventable off-duty mishaps.
5. Released by ADM W. F. Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations.//