CPPD Introduces Course to Help Sailors 24/7

Story Number: NNS070218-04Release Date: 2/18/2007 6:43:00 PM
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From Naval Personnel Development Command Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- For Sailors just out of boot camp, knowing how to make the right choices in difficult social situations just became easier.

The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) has released a new scenario-based training program, "Liberty Call," which reinforces Navy Core Values and encourages Sailors to think before they act.

Liberty Call is in keeping with the broader initiative of "Sailorization," the initial training conducted to transition a person from civilian to Sailor.

"Tools like Liberty Call give Sailors the opportunity to grow personally," said Capt. William Dewes, commanding officer, CPPD. "Sailors whose personal lives are 'in order' are mission-focused; therefore, this training is an investment in our Sailors and in mission readiness."

Liberty Call consists of a series of scenarios that follow four Sailors over the course of one weekend. Each Sailor in the program is faced with a set of challenges and given goals as they set off for liberty. After viewing each scenario, a senior enlisted facilitator leads the class in a discussion of what happened, why it happened, and what was the right decision.

The course covers core Navy military training topics including suicide awareness, sexual harassment, fraternization, discrimination and alcohol abuse. Sailors will take the two-day course prior to their first liberty.

"Liberty Call provides our Sailors the opportunity to make real life decisions and to understand the consequences," said CPPD Command Master Chief Gretchen Boals. "The training illustrates and reinforces how Sailors are Sailors 24/7, regardless of whether they are in uniform or not."

CPPD is one of 16 learning centers supporting fleet readiness aligned under Naval Personnel Development Command (NPDC). NPDC is responsible for providing Sailors the tools, knowledge, and opportunities for their personal growth and professional development. CPPD's programs cover health and wellness, lifelong learning, personal financial management, individual character development, interpersonal relationships and risk management/safety.

For more information, visit CPPD's Personal Development page on Navy Knowledge Online at www.nko.navy.mil.

For related news, visit the Naval Personnel Development Command/Task Force EXCEL Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/tfe/.

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