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News - 2011
MCPON Tells Navy to be "Brilliant" 

By Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. – The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) stressed the importance of Brilliant on the Basics to our Navy, urging leaders to keep the press on during a visit to Navy Personnel Command (NPC), Jan 27.

“We have got to execute Brilliant on the Basics.  Those are the basic programs that if a command does, it is going to be a better command and a more informed Sailor and family,” said MCPON (SS/SW) Rick D. West, during an all hands call.

Brilliant on the Basics, addresses six personnel programs every command should be using; sponsorship, indoctrination, career development boards, mentorship, individual recognition and a rigorous ombudsman/family outreach program.

Sponsorship and indoctrination are meant to lay a solid foundation for newly reporting Sailors and their families. The Navy’s Command Sponsorship and Indoctrination Instruction OPNAVINST 1740.3C details command requirements.

Career development boards, mentoring and individual recognition can build on the sponsorship and indoctrination foundation. They are designed to improve the ability of Sailors to achieve their professional goals.

“Career development boards have never been more important for our Sailors than today. Conducting and documenting career development boards sets a course for an individual Sailor's success and can be tailored throughout their career for continued growth,” said West. Guidance is available in the Navy Enlisted Retention and Career Development Instruction OPNAVINST 1040.11C.

The Navy’s Ombudsman Program serves as link between commanding officers and Sailors’ families.

NPC’s Web site features a Brilliant on the Basics guide that provides links and information to help commands be brilliant.

“We’ve got to continue to invest the right amount of training mixed with the right amount of conversation and mentoring because our Sailors are the most important asset we have,” said MCPON.

West visited NPC to receive briefs on the latest personnel policy and program changes and the impact on Sailors and their families. 


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