What is Operational Stress Control?
The Operational Stress Control (OSC) program is a part of OPNAV N171, the Navy Suicide Prevention Branch. OSC is the foundation of Navy stress related efforts because it facilitates understanding of operational and personal stress, promotes awareness of available resources and provides practical mitigation tools. OSC is a shared responsibility between Sailors, command leaders, and families.
The Operational Stress Control Program maintains a robust strategic communications effort to promote comprehensive wellness and stress navigation throughout the Fleet. NavyTHRIVE is OPNAV N171's latest integrated communications campaign, promoting personal responsibility and community support to help Sailors, leaders and families thrive, not just survive.
Fact sheets, brochures, posters, humor cards, magnets and other OSC products are available for ordering through Naval Logisitics Library free of charge to commands (order form below).
Latest News and Announcements
NAVADMIN 262/13 announced the requirement of Operational Stress Control skills training within six months of deployment, effective January 1, 2014. Two courses are offered: Navy OSC for Leaders (Commissioned Officers and Chief Petty Officers) and Deckplate Leader OSC (E4-E6). Both courses are delivered in-person by our Mobile Training Teams, who will travel to commands anywhere in the world whether underway or ashore. Contact information for the Mobile Training Teams and course descriptions are available below. Learn more: http://navynavstress.com/2013/10/25/shipmates-taking-care-of-shipmates/
Alternative Watch Schedules are gaining more attention with the Naval Safety Center’s release of a new series of public service announcements (PSAs) encouraging the Fleet to embrace a concept of establishing regular, circadian-based sleep cycles for Sailors. Studies show that a lack of sleep is not only a safety issue, but is directly related to elevated stress, low morale and poor performance. Watch the PSAs: http://www.public.navy.mil/navsafecen/Pages/video/sleep-fatigue.aspx
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