Peer mentoring program seeks sailor nominations
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The nomination period for the Fiscal Year 2012 Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) Chapter of the Year Awards is open, as announced in NAVADMIN 207/12, released July 7.
CSAAD is a peer mentoring program for active and reserve Sailors, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) candidates, and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets aimed at promoting good decision-making and leadership development at the most junior levels.
The annual awards, which recognize top CSADD chapters at both sea- and shore-based commands, are a testament to the progress of the CSADD program throughout the fleet, according to Chief of Naval Personnel Fleet Master Chief (SW/AW/SCW) Scott A. Benning.
"Making good decisions - and Sailors encouraging their shipmates to make the right choice - is critical to Sailor and fleet readiness," said Benning. "The support that our CSADD Sailors provide to their fellow Sailors, and to their Navy, is incredible -these awards seek to recognize their efforts."
Though originally envisioned as a response to frequent DUI cases in the mid-Atlantic region, the CSADD program quickly expanded to encompass a variety of issues and has spread across the fleet worldwide. Today, it is a peer-mentoring program for all aspects of life in which Sailors face pressures or temptations to make unwise decisions.
Monthly training is conducted at the nearly 300 chapters of CSADD fleet-wide; topics vary each month and provide a forum for Sailors to discuss important issues and create new methods for helping their fellow Sailors. In addition to promoting healthy life choices, the program also develops members' leadership skills.
Recent initiatives by CSADD members have included the use of posters, videos, and social media to reach out to others. Additionally this year, for the first time, CSADD held two rallies in both San Diego and Norfolk with the theme of "Navigating Success," to provoke thought and inspire young leaders to discuss a variety of issues affecting the fleet, such as sexual assault awareness, bystander intervention, responsible alcohol use, off-duty safety and Sailor family readiness.
Through programs like CSADD, Sailors are proving that helping their peers to achieve success individually is vital to achieving success as a team.
"CSADD is all about I.C.E. - Inspirational Leadership, Challenging our young Sailors to engage, and Empowering them to lead," said Benning. "Our Sailors have strong opinions - and solutions - for many of the challenges facing our Navy."
CSADD Sailors are taking on leadership challenges both on and off-duty, reinforcing both the core principles of CSADD and the Navy's 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative. The 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Navy and Marine Corps.
Information about applying for the CSADD award, registering a chapter for CSADD, and requirements and processes related to the award can be found in NAVADMIN 207/12. Nominations must be submitted by the unit commander of registered CSADD chapters to their regional commanders by Oct. 1.
To learn more about CSADD, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/CSADD/Pages/default2.aspx and the CSADD Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coalition-of-Sailors-Against-Destructive-....
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