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How To Start A CSADD Chapter 


Starting a CSADD Chapter At Your Command

If your command is interested in starting a local CSADD Chapter, there are a few steps that must be taken. 

Step 1. First and foremost, please review OPNAVINST 1500.80 and NAVADMIN 207/10, which are located under the "CSADD Reference Library" on the main page.  These two references are essential when starting a CSADD Chapter. OPNAVINST 1500.80 outlines the suggested manner in which a Chapter shall be formed. These documents also provide an outline of the overall structure of CSADD.

Step 2. The first step is to form a core group of motivated Sailors (ages 18-25) who are eager to help thier Shipmates.  

Step 3. The second step is to select an Advocate from the group to represent the chapter. This will be the point of contact for the chapter with the regional chapter. 

Step 4. The third step is to present the CSADD chapter request to a Senior Enlisted Advisor (CMC, CSC, SEL, etc..,) to ensure command concurrence. The Senior Enlisted Advisor will also act as the Sponsor for the chapter, or they may choose to delegate it to an E-6 or higher.

Step 5. Once an Advocate and Sponsor have been selected the next step is to register the chapter with the CSADD Program Office ( and the regional chapter.

    a. Regional chapter point of contact information may be obtained from the CSADD Program Office (

    b.  After the CSADD Program Office and region has been contacted, your chapter will be added  to the main CSADD roster and the registration will be complete.

Step 6. The next step is to decide when and where the chapter will meet.  It is very  important to schedule regular meetings to review  training for monthly topics, boost membership and plan for events. 

Step 7.  The last step is to have fun! The success of this program has been built off of the ideas and enthusiasm of the junior Sailors.  Allowing Sailors to get involved and letting them come up with creative ideas to make it their own program has been the cornerstone of the program's success.  

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