By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class(AW) LaTunya Howard
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Command Indoctrination is a military tradition but it’s also a readiness program designed to give Sailors a good foundation when joining a new command.
“Effective command sponsorship and indoctrination programs represent the difference between good commands and great commands,” said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON), (SS/SW) Rick West. “The return on your up-front investment will pay huge dividends to your command for years to come. It is imperative that all commands provide the best possible support for newly arriving shipmates and their families.”
OPNAVINST 1740.3C identifies sponsorship and indoctrination as the best aids for a smooth transition into a new working and living environment for Sailors and their families. It should also minimize the anxiety associated with permanent change of station moves, according to the instruction.
The Command Indoctrination Program provides a detailed orientation to the new command; its structure, mission, history and specific expectations of the service member.
Navy Personnel Command (NPC) conducts a five-day indoctrination class monthly for new arrivals. Sailors and civilians reporting on-board receive a wealth of information about their new command. On the last day, the class goes on a tour of Memphis.
“This was the first painless and informative indoctrination I’ve had the pleasure of going through,” said Chief Aviation Electronics Technician(AW/SW) Jason Farrington. “Usually a new command hands out a brochure of places to go, things to see in your new town but NPC took us there.”
“The best indoc in my 17 years of service,” said Chief Legalman(SW/SCW/AW) Anthony Carrier. “It was very informative and the tour helps in learning the city.”
The Navy revised the command sponsorship and indoctrination program last year.
Command Master Chiefs are responsible for the program and must ensure that Sailors receive Navy pride and professionalism training within 30 days of arrival.
“We must make every effort to prepare our Sailors for success from day one,” said MCPON West. “Being brilliant on the basics creates a solid foundation upon which every successful career is launched. Manning the Fleet with ready Sailors, supporting their ability to serve from beginning to end, that is what it’s about.”
For more information on command sponsorship and indoctrination read OPNAVINST 1740.3C or visit the NPC website at www.npc.navy.mil/CareerInfo/SponsorshipandIndoc/.