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What is Operational Stress Control (OSC)?
The OSC Program, part of the 21st Century Sailor Office's (OPNAV N17) Suicide Prevention Branch (OPNAV N171), promotes an understanding of stress, awareness of support resources, and provides practical stress navigation tools to help build resilience of Sailors, families, and commands. The Navy recently reiterated its commitment to building resilience, releasing Operational Stress Control (OSC) Program Instruction (OPNAVINST 6520.1), which details policy, guidelines, procedures and responsibilities to standardize the OSC Program across the Navy. More information about OSC background, policy, training and resources can be found on this webpage by navigating the links the blue toolbar (left).

OSC in the News
Want to hear what leaders think about OSC? Check out this story on, highlighting the release of the new OSC instruction:

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