CNP Podcast Highlights Navy's Operational Stress Control Program

Story Number: NNS090527-22Release Date: 5/27/2009 4:11:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- In his most recent podcast released May 27, the chief of naval personnel discusses the Operational Stress Control Program (OSC) and its importance to Sailor and family readiness.

"The Operational Stress Control program is our proactive approach to address the personal readiness of our Sailors and their families," said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, chief of naval personnel.

"We have very strong programs in medical readiness and dental readiness, and now this program addresses the mental health readiness of our force."

Ferguson said that operational stress is found throughout the fleet, across every rating and billet. The OSC program provides Sailors and leadership the educational tools and awareness needed to recognize and manage stress.

"It helps remove the stigma from those who may be facing mental health issues in their lives," said Ferguson. "It will enable them to deal with stress and if need be, and reach out for help."

To date, the program has reached more than 17,000 Sailors. Future initiatives include development of a formal operational stress control curriculum which will reemphasize the importance of stress control as part of the continuum of care throughout a Sailor's career.

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