Standing Strong -
How one Sailor overcame sexual assault and attempted death by suicide
"Thanks for walking me home," Petty Officer Jane Harrison* told her friend, a fellow Sailor who had offered to escort her back to her overseas apartment one evening. He was a liberty buddy, someone she trusted, and she had been happy to have the company - happy that is, until he tried to follow her inside.
Cyber Threat -
Help the Navy mitigate cyber attacks
Cybersecurity is a priority for the Navy, not only during Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October, but every month of the year. However, with today's rapidly evolving threats, ensuring complete security is impossible, according to experts.
Training Future Officers -
Senior enlisted Sailors, Marines serve as mentors at officer candidate school
At officer candidate school (OCS) on board Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, recruit division commanders (RDCs) train and mentor future naval officers.
Officer Candidate School Students -
Officer Candidates talk about their experiences at OCS
Straight out of college and quickly approaching Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, a brand new officer candidate feels a wave of uncertainty sweep through his mind. Not knowing exactly what to expect, he's anxious. Like many, he questions his decision to become a naval officer. As the cab pulls up in front of the U.S. Navy Officer Training Command, the new student's mind starts going a million miles a minute. He gets out of the car with a mixture of nervousness and excitement.
Running the Course: -
Each summer, first year students at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), known as plebes, test their physical endurance by charging through the obstacle course: a gauntlet of log structures, ropes and metal bars.
Finding Their Bearings -
Plebes' journey to becoming officers
Every year, Plebe Summer begins with approximately 1,200 incoming freshmen shedding their civilian clothes and receiving new haircuts. Then they are introduced to their detailers, senior students who will provide mentorship that both shapes and humbles in equal parts, helping pave the way for plebes to one day assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.
Learning the Ropes -
Plebes Learn to Sail in Annapolis' Waterways
Pulling away from the pier, they backed up, turning around slowly to follow the string of boats heading for the bay in Annapolis, Maryland. Awaiting the go ahead from their instructor on what to do next, the plebes in boat No. 16 waited in silence for their next direction, their sun-tanned skin contrasting with their stark, white T's and blue Naval Academy shorts.
Damage Control: -
Plebes Learn About the Saving Facets of a Ship
Smoke fills the passageway and begins to climb up the ladder. It's a foggy, white mist that has little, almost undetectable odor. Looking down the ladder, only the top of the helmet from the person in front can be seen, as well as an orange fire hose. Pretty soon, the little glimpse of that one person down below disappears. The hose looks like it is being held by the white smoke itself.
U.S. Navy Underwater Construction Team: -
In the Republic of Korea
U.S. Navy Seabees from Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 spent a couple of weeks in Jinhae, Republic of Korea (ROK), training in underwater construction techniques with their ROK navy counterparts as part of Exercise Foal Eagle 2017.
Five Things to Know: Sharing of Intimate Images -
Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean J. Stackley released All Navy Message (ALNAV) 021/17 on April 18, adding Article 1168 to Navy Regulations, which prohibits some types of nonconsensual image sharing.
The Difference Starts With You -
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). While sexual assault awareness and prevention are year-round efforts, SAAPM is a time when both military and civilian organizations engage their communities to identify and strengthen the roles that individuals and institutions play in combatting sexual assault.
Mississippi Mud: -
Seabees gear up for "war"
Following a seemingly endless dirt road in the deep woods of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the roar of diesel engines, hammers and chainsaws echo is muted by the thick growth of elm and beech trees.
Exercise Fulcrum 2017 Brings Together EOD -
Technicians From Various Nations
Exercise Fulcrum 2017 concluded Feb. 24, 2017, partnering U.S, Australian and New Zealand explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) experts for a two-week exchange of EOD techniques and best practices.
Navy College Program Goes Virtual -
As of September 2016, all but four Navy College offices closed. The Navy College offices at Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Base San Diego and Naval Base Kitsap will remain open through the end of FY17.
Senior Enlisted Academy -
Active and Reserve Duty Sailors now attend the same class
The Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) provides senior enlisted leaders education in communication skills, leadership and management, national security affairs, Navy programs, and physical fitness.
VBSS: Combatting Piracy, Conducting Embargos -
Sailors Run, Climb, and Shoot Their Way Through VBSS Training
"One minute, thirty seconds!" yells an instructor. The warning pushes the Sailors to get their gear on faster.
Security Reaction Force -
Where Sailors become the first line of defense
"Security alert, security alert!" Almost every shipboard Sailor has heard this phrase blare from the 1MC at some point.
Into the Inferno -
At Farrier Firefighting School, smoke and fire is an everyday thing
Trying to teach firefighting without having a fire, well, that's kind of like trying to teach someone to drive without having a car.
Becoming a Napster -
Fleet Sailors and Marines attend Naval Academy Preparatory School
Before Napster was a bad word for the music industry, it was a term of endearment for students at the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS), in Newport, Rhode Island.
The Heat Is On -
Aircraft Firefighting Shipboard Team Trainer Course
The sweat is dripping down their faces as temperatures reach up to 300 degrees. The adrenaline is rushing and it feels like their hearts are going to beat out of their chests.
Navy Leadership Focuses On SAAPM -
Sexual assault prevention and awareness month is a top priority
Sexual assault. If that phrase makes you uncomfortable, it should.
A Cautionary Tale: -
The aftermath of a night of drinking and driving
Sailors are repeatedly warned of the dangers of drinking and driving. Sitting through briefs, whether it's aboard the ship before a long holiday weekend or before a visit to some exotic foreign port, Sailors are reminded to know their limits and use caution when consuming alcohol.
Corpsman to Doctor -
One man's journey from enlisted to officer
It started with a television commercial in 1999 that had a simple slogan: "Let the journey begin."
New Range, New Bullets, Same Course -
Sailors complete training at Crew-Served Weapons Instructor Course
Sailors enrolled in the Center for Security Forces (CENSECFOR) Crew-Served Weapons (CSW) Instructor Course completed a training exercise using innovative training rounds at a new gun range on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story Nov. 4.
Easing Into Weapons -
The guns may be a simulation, but the effects are very real
At Recruit Training Command (RTC), Sailors are learning a skill that can potentially save not only their life but many other lives as well. That skill is learning how to aim and fire a gun. While it's hopeful that they will never have to use it, it's also a terrifying reality being in the military.
Post 9/11 GI Bill -
7 Things You Need to Remember about Transferring your Education Benefits
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is an exceptional benefit provided by the U.S. government to Sailors for their military service. Individuals can choose to use it for their own education, or transfer their eligibility to family members.
Suicide First-Aid -
Are You Willing to ASIST?
On the outside, it looked like any other Navy vessel moored to a pier; haze gray and resting on crystal blue waters. Though a light shower poured out of a bright blue sky, and Sailors didn't seem to mind.
One Sailor's Experience with Career Intermission - Part 4 -
Associate's degree in December
Amara Timberlake is an MC2 currently taking advantage of the Career Intermission Program. This blog is part of a series. Read the others here:
From Enlisted to the Academy -
A Midshipman's Story from the Fleet to the Classroom.
When I was 19 years old, I stood at a crossroads, facing a choice between college and military service.
Skillbridge Training Program Allows Sailors to Intern While Still Active Duty -
8 things departing Sailors need to know
Often the scariest part about getting out of the Navy is deciding what comes next. The Navy offers Transition Goals, Plans and Success (T-GPS), but for some a more solid plan is needed.
Resiliency Retreats Improve Relationships -
56% of military members are married - CREDO helps keep those marriages together
Eight years into their marriage, JoAnn Ortloff, a petty officer first class at the time, and her husband were happy.
You've Been Exposed -
More than 21 million people affected by data breach
In July I received a letter from the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) letting me know that my information may have been "exposed."
E-mail Phishing Scams -
5 things you need to know
You get to work, attend quarters and head to your computer. With a fresh cup of coffee you open your email.
I'd Link to That -
Unofficial U.S. Navy Information and Resource Training Site
In 2001, Lt. Kelly Beamsley had a crazy idea. He decided to be a Navy Reserve recruiter in Fort Worth, Texas. But bringing a member into the Navy, he quickly realized, was the easy part. The hard part was what he could now do to support this member.
Who is Trying to be You? -
Identity Theft is not going away
We've all heard the warnings about identity theft. We've been briefed on what to look for. Check your credit reports, check your bank account, and then check again. Master Chief Legalmen Erin Meadows was all too familiar with the precautions.
Capture the Moment -
Fourth of July fireworks
The Fourth of July is coming up and some of you are going to fire up that grill and stock up on those hamburger patties and drinks.
Bees to Badges -
5 things you need to know to convert from a Seabee rating to a Master-at-Arms
Let's face it. Some rates are hard to advance in. CNP's Bees to Badges retention program provides Seabees an opportunity to cross-rate to Master-at-Arms.
It's On Us to Stop Sexual Assault -
5 Things Every Sailor Should Know About SAAPM
Training Test Pilots for 70 Years -
How U.S. Naval Test Pilot School All Began
Seventy years have passed since the first version of today's United States Naval Test Pilot School opened its doors for business.
New App Helps Officers Navigate Sea of Information -
6 things you need to know
You're drowning in a sea of paperwork as you turn-and-burn on evals and counseling chits. Sailor A needs obvious help with uniform regulations, Sailor B is being put up for SOY and Sailor C just handed you a chit for a pregnancy clothing allowance. Don't you wish there was one place with common instructions and gouge?
A Dream Made Real -
A Sailor's Seven Year Voyage to Commissioning
Christina was having a routine morning. Medical was a little busy because it was a periodic health assessment (PHA) day. Thirty to fifty Sailors were standing in line anxiously waiting for lab techs like Christina to draw their blood.
The Battlefield Saints -
Some names omitted to protect identities
"What draws men in initially is, 'hey, ... I wanna jump, I wanna dive,'"said Chief Hospital Corpsman Danny Lang, a 2nd Marines Special Operations Battalion (MSOB) SARC.
Legal Services for Crime Victims -
8 things that victims of crime need to know about Victims' Legal Counsel
Navy Victims' Legal Counsel (VLC) provide eligible victims of a military sexual offenses with a dedicated attorney to help them understand the investigation and military justice process, safeguard their legal rights and interests, advocate on their behalf, and obtain additional support in accessing resources that may assist in their recovery.
Self-Paced College Makes Getting Degree Possible While Deployed -
VOLED program NCPACE works around Navy life
It took Chief Michelle Broskovich 10 years, working three jobs to pay 40k in student loans. Her son is blessed to have her post 9/11 benefits to finance his education. She only had to pay $1.2k out of pocket for his $43k freshman year.
Seeking Chiefs to Update Advancement Exams -
Volunteer now and truly make a difference
Although it has been a long time since I've taken an advancement exam, there are two things I will always remember about the experience: the relief I felt when I knew the answer to a question, and the frustration I felt when a question was totally irrelevant.
Navy Formula SAE Racing Team -
USNA builds leaders through engineering
While some college students are conducting months of research, interning at non-profits, or writing and filming public service announcements for their capstone projects, one group of midshipmen is working to bring their Navy Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) team racing car to the finish line.
8 Things You Need to Know About the Senior Enlisted Academy -
SEA will soon be a requirement before SCPOs can promote further
Want to Become a Navy Diver? -
Careers begin at CEODD Great Lakes
For incoming Sailors who have aspirations of becoming a Navy Diver (ND), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) or Diving Medical Technician (DMT), their rigorous journey begins at Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving (CEODD) Learning Site, Great Lakes.
FY-15's General Military Training Schedule -
Five things you need to know about this year's requirements
Changes Coming to TA -
5 Things you need to know about FY-15 Tuition Assistance Policy
Senior DoD Voting Official Offers Absentee Voting Tips -
What you need to know to make sure your vote counts
The Defense Department's top voting official provided absentee voting tips and re-emphasized the importance of registering, requesting ballots and voting early in the process.
Flying Point -
Sailor focuses on teamwork and constant improvement
Sailors have a lot they can learn from Mother Nature. Take for example a flock of geese flying across the sky in a "V" formation. As each goose flaps its wings it creates "uplift" for the birds that follow.
Navy Voluntary Education -
Your time, the Navy's money
A typical Navy Sailor's day is jam packed with qualifications to get signed off, watches to stand, training to complete, inspections to prepare for and a regular job to do, all in 24 short hours. Who has time to finish a college degree? Well over 100,000 former and current Sailors - and counting.
Under the Seas -
One class shows what it takes to be a Navy SCUBA Diver
Navy Divers handle most of the underwater jobs in the Navy, but there is a small group of Sailors from other rates who get the opportunity to qualify as Navy SCUBA Divers.
Joining the Ranks of My Family -
One NJROTC cadet strives to follow in their footsteps
With the profile of a teen magazine cover model and blonde locks bound by a proper bun, Summerleigh Geimer is perfectly polished and positioned as she prepares to critique her peers.
Sharing the Benefit -
How to Transfer Your Post-9/11 GI Bill
Serve 36 months in the Navy, and get 36 months of education benefits: in-state tuition, housing stipend, books- the whole shebang.
Teaching Sailors to Change People's Lives -
How the Navy's recruiting school turns fleet Sailors into recruiters
Let's face it. The most any of us can hope to accomplish in the Navy is to master our craft, leave a command better than we found it, and to train our reliefs.
From Snow to Sunshine -
A Beautiful Day at SPAWAR
Sailors and Navy civilians specialize in a wide variety of jobs, many of which are unknown to the public. One of the often heard about, but little known commands in the Navy is the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), which seemed to me like a grown up science fair on steroids.
Leadership Development - We Own It -
MCPON to make Senior Enlisted Academy mandatory for E-9
Lost in Simulation -
Sailors use state of the art simulator to qualify for LCS watches
Training for PCU America Sailors Heats Up -
Sailors Learn Essential Security Skills
Ship's Serviceman Seaman Charles Allen patiently waits his turn in line. He has been dreading this moment for the better part of a week. The yells of his fellow classmates echo off the walls inside the vastly empty warehouse located in southern California. He tries to believe that "it" will not be that bad, but deep down, he knows it will.
2014 CPO 365 Guidance Released -
What's new for 2014
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens released Jan. 6 the 2013-2014 CPO 365 guidance in a message to the Chiefs Mess.
Tuition Assistance Made Easy -
Top 5 things you need to know about filing for TA
Scrubbing In: Wounded Warrior Care -
Wounded Warrior Care
Today's Chiefs: Embracing the Past and Built to Last -
MCPONs past and present talk CPO evolution
Mid-September is arguably the most important time of the year to a U.S. Navy chief petty officer. This is when newly accepted chiefs are frocked during a time-honored pinning ceremony, when their plain khaki uniforms are transformed by the coveted fouled anchors.
"He Didn't Say Goodbye" -
Suicide Prevention Month launches yearlong efforts to encourage Sailors to seek help
"I got a phone call Dec. 7, 2011 from the school," said Chief Petty Officer Rita Powell. "They told me my son might possibly have a 'people to kill' list in his bedroom. When I found the list my name was first, then my husband's name, then his older sister's name third. There were 14 other names on that list as well; kids from school."
CPO Legacy Academy -
Connecting the Past with the Present
Along the beaches of San Diego, echoing cries of commitment and courage resonate across the sands. Standing in the burning morning sun, 26 able-bodied Sailors stared wide-eyed at recruits darting about the Sea, Land and Air (SEAL) obstacle course with apparent ease.
Preparing for Civilian Life -
How the Transition GPS Course helps Sailors and their families prepare for the change
Preparing for life as a civilian after years as a 24/7 Sailor is not an easy thing to do. Writing a resume, purchasing a wardrobe, searching through job listings and preparing for interviews is a far cry from man overboard drills, working parties, watchbills and underway schedules.
Career Orientation Training for Midshipmen 2013 -
NROTC midshipmen start summer training around the fleet
Midshipmen, Marines and officer candidates from the more than 60 Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) units trained at U.S. Naval bases, ships, submarines, squadrons and commands around the country.
Official Navy App is Now Available for Download -
New mobile application provides Navy information on-the-go.
To upload the App to your device, please follow the links below:
Holding the Standard -
MCPON Orders Stand Down for CPO 365 Phase II
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens ordered a two-day "all stop" to CPO 365 Phase II training to give the Chiefs Mess a chance to review his guidance and policies related to the training.
Training Part of the Triad -
Navy trains Sailors supporting America's nuclear deterrence force.
A vital component of the nation's nuclear deterrence watch is the E-6B Mercury Airborne Command Post. Its main mission is to provide a survivable communications link to the Navy's fleet of ballistic submarines.
Engineering the Future -
Sub races search for the next generation of naval engineers.
It is a long process for a ship or weapons system to go from concept to deployment, but it all starts in the mind of a naval engineer.
Always Ready -
Hurricane season is upon us
Thousands of Sailors could be affected by this year's hurricane season. If you are in a hurricane prone area and you aren't prepared, you should be.
It Could Happen to You -
"Last thing I remembered was this is going to be a good day."
Don't Become a Statistic -
How the Navy is introducing mentorship in its motorcycle safety policy
When Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Brian Collins was a young Sailor in 1991 he made a decision that almost cost him his life.
Plebe No More -
A look at how the Naval Academy builds teamwork in first year midshipmen.
The Naval Academy Class of 2016 completed 14 continuous hours of rigorous physical and mental challenges, May 14, during the academy's annual "Sea Trials" training exercise.
Scrubbing In: Episode 2 -
Take a look behind the scenes at some of the training naval aviators have to go through to stay mission ready.
Sailors #1 Concern -
Navy leaders are keeping a close eye on the service's tuition assistance policy
During recent all hands calls with the chief of naval personnel and the master chief petty officer of the Navy, Sailors had one predominant question - What does the future hold for the Navy's tuition assistance program?
Scrubbing In -
Keeping our Sailors and Marines ready and fit to fly!
What It's Like to Work With the Best of the Best in the Navy -
Four recruits are huddled around a garbage can and vomiting. A few others are splayed out, breathing heavy in puddles of sweat on the gym floor. Most of the recruits are walking around, getting their breath back after the run. Some of them are talking and joking around with each other; they're just waiting for "Chief" to come back downstairs.
Fleet Training Brings Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Message to Deckplate Sailors -
As Fire Control Technician 3rd Class Walsh checked aboard USS Rupert Wheeling, she appeared confident and on-track to achieve her ultimate goal of becoming a command master chief, following in her family's Navy tradition. A solid performance in the Wheeling's combat systems department would help her make rank and earn the qualifications she needed.