Navy Launching Pride and Professionalism Courses

Story Number: NNS080630-03Release Date: 6/30/2008 1:50:00 PM
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By Susan Lawson, Center for Personal and Professional Development Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- "A" school students from the Naval Air Technical Training Center -- 24 in all -- participated in a pilot program for the Navy's pride and professionalism (NPP) course June 3-4.

The Navy's Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) coordinated the event, conducted at the air training center aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. Several members of the NPP course design team, as well as Master Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/AW) Johnny Stewart, a CPPD instructor, who will teach the new course when it is launched this fall, joined the CPPD's staff.

"It was one of the highlights of my career to be able to sit down and help produce training of this importance," said Stewart. "I really believe this training will have an impact on the Navy long after I have retired. Being able to provide deckplate input based on my experiences with Sailors was awesome.

"I am very familiar with the challenges faced by shipboard leadership when it comes to providing training, which can come across as "check in the box" training. That is not the case with the newly-designed NPP course."

NPP is comprised of 10 modules and consists of introductory topics, intended to develop Sailors' awareness of Navy rules and regulations. The modules include: The Navy Core Values, decision-making, communication and conflict management, mentoring, diversity, equal opportunity, violent crime and suicide awareness, courtesy and military etiquette, uniform wear, and Navy family care and planning.

In the fall, NPP will introduce a mandatory course for all Sailors checking into a new command, and command training team instructors will be mandated by Chief of Naval Operations Instruction (OPNAVINST) 5354.1F to teach NPP to all Sailors, E-1 and above, both enlisted and officers.

The two-day course is an augmented version of the former Navy Rights and Responsibilities (NRR) course, which addressed basic Navy equal opportunity principles, policies and procedures for all Sailors.

"This course places an emphasis on decision-making that the NRR course did not," explained Stewart. "Among the themes that enhance good decision-making skills for Sailors is the responsibility of shipmates protecting shipmates.

"Providing Sailors with scenario-based lessons helps them participate in the learning process. They can work together with the instructor to get a better idea of the choices they will need to make when they are aboard ship and traveling in other countries."

The existing NRR course covers equal opportunity, naval citizenship, core values, standard organization and regulations of the U.S. Navy, Uniform Code of Military Justice, the pregnancy policy, valuing diversity, fraternization, sexual harassment, grievance and redress procedures, the equal opportunity manual and various case study applications. NPP incorporates most of the previous topics and also adds new material Sailors will need in their toolboxes.

"It has been my experience that many of the more senior Sailors tend to fall behind in the NRR area as the years go by," said Stewart. "I would strongly encourage all leadership, especially chief petty officers, to attend the NPP classes at their earliest convenience, so they can see the new tools with which Sailors will be equipped.

"Since returning from the pilot course, I have told everyone the NPP training will definitely not be a check-in-the box training. This is good stuff that I believe the Sailors not only need to know, but they want to know."

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