Bearings Helps Sailors Get on the Road to Success

Story Number: NNS040211-13Release Date: 2/11/2001 11:50:00 PM
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By Journalist 3rd Class Adrian Melendez, Navy Region Southwest Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Bearings course at the Regional Support Organization on board Naval Base San Diego has been around since 2001, and since then has assisted numerous Sailors throughout the world get their naval career on the right track.

"This course gives Sailors the necessary tools to complete their first enlistment," said Quartermaster 2nd Class Christy Judd, Bearings program instructor.

Bearings teaches Sailors self-awareness, strategies for success, wellness and professional relationships.

"I hope I can learn how to avoid confrontation better and how to communicate with my supervisors," said Culinary Specialist Seaman Ricardo Flores, stationed aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), during his second day at the course.

Since its inception, the two-week course has graduated more than 1,000 Sailors, with an 11 percent attrition rate and 31 percent advancement rate of Sailors that went through the course, said Judd.

"I think this is one of those things that will improve the leadership of junior Sailors and in turn make us better Sailors," said Operations Specialist 3rd Class Robert Leahy, a Bearings student who is stationed aboard USS Mustin (DDG 89).

Bearings is the only course of its kind, so the instructors travel to Korea, Japan, Hawaii, Washington state, Guam and other Navy bases in California to help first term Sailors.

"We can have up to 30 Sailors for each course," said Judd. "All students are signed up through their shop supervisor."

Judd said that being a course instructor is very satisfying and that you can see a definite change in the students' attitudes at the end of the course.

"By the time they leave (Bearings), we hope they remember why they joined the Navy in the first place."

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