"We know from focus groups, polls and course feedback that Sailors prefer face-to-face training. Our OSC Mobile Training Teams will meet with Sailors at their commands."
--Capt. Mike Fisher, Navy Resilience Chief
NAVADMIN 262/13 mandates that, after January 1, 2014, every deploying command must receive Operational Stress Control (OSC) skills training within six months prior to deployment. Training is delivered in-person by OSC Mobile Training Teams (MTTs), who average more than 20 years of Navy experience and training expertise, at no cost to the command. MTTs have been deployed to expand OSC’s reach and deliver the Navy OSC for Leaders Course (NAVOSC-Lead) and Deckplate Leader (DPL-OSC) to commands worldwide.
· NAVOSC‐Lead is designed to assist Navy leaders in assessing individual and unit stress levels, and provide tools to help their Sailors better navigate operational and personal stress and build resilience. This is not a medical course, but rather one designed by line leaders for line leaders. The 3-4‐hour course focuses on dialogue and case studies. Personal stories highlight the impact of stress on individuals and their families and demonstrate how application of tools and leadership intervention can build and maintain resilience and readiness. The training is designed for commissioned officers and chief petty officers.
For more information and full course description, see the NAVOSC-Lead info sheet.
· DPL-OSC mirrors the NAVOSC-Lead design and is a 3‐4 hour facilitated, interactive course intended for supervisors from E4‐E6. It is designed to enhance attendees’ knowledge and skills so they can better assist their Sailors to successfully navigate both operational and personal stressors common to Navy life. The training encourages these junior leaders to provide an environment where shipmates feel comfortable sharing life’s stressors before small issues become more serious. They are also encouraged to take action to help Sailors get any necessary and appropriate assistance.
For more information and full course description, see the DPL-OSC fact sheet.
· Navigating Stress for Navy Families is a one-hour facilitated course providing practical tools and effective techniques to help spouses and families build resilience and navigate stress. Its overall goal is to better equip family members to navigate stress together, with a shared vocabulary and toolkit of resources. This course is highly interactive, including group discussions and practical application of concepts using realistic scenarios.
The most important part of these OSC skills courses is the frank discussion among attendees. When leaders of a command talk about what they see as stress related issues and how course tools could be applied in their commands, OSC becomes more than a concept – it becomes a way of doing business every day. Upon completion of a course, Sailors will return to their commands with the ability to identify stress issues early, both in themselves and in others, and have an understanding of their roles as leaders in preparing shipmates and families for the inevitable stressors of Navy life, especially deployment.
To schedule training, contact your nearest MTT office:
MTT West Offices 619-556-6640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MTT East Offices 757-444-0500 or email email@example.com
For more information about the Operational Stress Control Mobile Training Teams, see the MTT fact sheet.