WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Unit commanders are encouraged to nominate outstanding chapters of the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) to be recognized as sea and shore chapters of the year, according to NAVADMIN 229/13 released September 10.
CSADD is a peer influence social group meant to encourage Sailors 18 to 25 years old to combat destructive behavior through a culture of "shipmates helping shipmates." CSADD also serves to build leadership skills in young Sailors.
"CSADD chapters throughout the Navy are finding creative and fun ways to help our young Sailors make right decisions, and their efforts are paying off," said Rear Adm. Sean Buck, director of the 21st Century Sailor Office (N17). "The chapter of the year awards recognize chapters that have gone above and beyond in fostering a climate of responsible decision making in our Navy, giving our Sailors tools needed to face the challenges of the twenty-first century while preserving the skills and talents they bring to the fight."
According to the NAVADMIN, the CSADD Chapter of the Year awards were established to recognize the positive social interaction, leadership and decision making demonstrated through CSADD efforts, which employ a variety of communication tools and social networking established and sustained by the chapters.
Since the awards were established in 2010, one sea-based chapter and one shore-based chapter were recognized as chapters of the year. For 2013, the categories are expanded to include two sea-based chapters, one large chapter and one small, and two shore-based chapters, one from an installation command and one from a training command.
The NAVADMIN provides detailed guidance to commanders on submitting a nomination. All registered active duty, Reserve Component and Reserve Officers' Training Corps Unit CSADD chapters are eligible; however, only activities and successes that occurred in fiscal year 2013 shall be included.
The deadline for submissions by commanders to their appropriate regional commanders is Oct. 1. Regional commanders must mail or email their submissions no later than Nov. 1. Results will be announced in a future NAVADMIN.
For more information, contact Amanda Alston, CSADD program coordinator, at (901) 874-6723 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information on CSADD, the chapter of the year awards, or how to start a CSADD chapter can be found online at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/CSADD/Pages/default2.aspx.
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