MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Navy Personnel Command's (NPC) force master chief reminded leadership of the importance of sponsorship and counseling following a brief, May 17.
"The sponsorship program is designed so Sailors can receive information about a duty station they're assigned to and the information they need to know regarding housing, pets, school, whatever the case may be, for the individual Sailor," said NPC Force Master Chief (AW/SW/NAC) Jon Port.
Upon the receipt of permanent change of station (PCS) orders, Sailors and their families are assigned a sponsor through the Command Sponsor and Indoctrination Programs. Sponsorship is an integral part of a Sailor's PCS move and prepares them for a productive, successful tour of duty.
Sponsors assist new arrivals with check-in procedures, including the processing of travel claims and verification of the member's pay account. They ensure Sailors and their families are familiar with local medical and dental procedures and that they are enrolled in TRICARE. Sponsors can also check housing availability before a member arrives and set up arrangements for temporary lodging if needed. In cases of overseas assignments, they also provide Sailors with information regarding local customs.
Command master chiefs oversee the sponsorship program and ensure Sailors get Navy Pride and Professionalism training within 30 days of their arrival, or within three drill weekends for Reservists.
It is imperative that sponsorship continues until a Sailor is fully aware of all policies, programs, services, and responsibilities available through their new command.
Sponsors should be enthusiastic, willing to help people, and have a positive attitude toward the Navy, command, and local community. They should be familiar with the command and its location or homeport, knowledgeable about available resources, and familiar with applicable command procedures and instructions.
"You want to ease the Sailor's concerns," said Port. "Anytime a Sailor is concerned about something else, then their mind is not on the job. Sponsorship is trying to provide peace of mind so the Sailor can concentrate on what's most important, which is the mission at hand."
Anyone wishing to become a sponsor should talk to their Command Sponsor Coordinator.
Port also spoke about Career Development Boards (CDB), which are required for all Sailors reporting to a command. Typical topics covered during a board are watch-standing qualifications, continuing education goals, advancement, short- and long-term career objectives, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) scores, and PTS. Leadership can use CDBs to take full advantage of learning the priorities of the Sailor.
"With the release of enlisted retention board (ERB) quotas May 18, Sailors must stay competitive in today's Navy," said Port. "A CDB provides the chain of command with any improvements or goals a Sailor should accomplish during their tour to stay competitive."
For more information on sponsorship read OPNAVINST 1740.3C on the NPC website at www.npc.navy.mil. Also visit the site for further CDB information or call the NPC Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC or 1-866-827-5672.
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