Navy’s Operational Stress Control – helping to create an environment where Sailors, commands and their families are able to thrive during stressful operations
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Operational Stress Control Serves As Key Resource For Sailors, Families (NAVY NEWS SERVICE 09 FEB 11) … Defense Media Activity – Navy
WASHINGTON (NNS) — Preventing and limiting the effects of operational stress on Sailors is a top priority for the U.S. Navy, a priority being met through the Operational Stress Control (OSC) Program.
Established Nov. 2008, the program seeks to help create an environment where Sailors, commands and their families are able to thrive during stressful operations.
All military services are feeling the strain of war, decreased unit manning, extended deployments, and myriad situations brought on by the country’s current economic crisis. These coupled with the normal stresses of household moves, deployments and separations, family issues and job responsibilities, magnify the stress Sailors and their families are experiencing.
“We work cooperatively with other Navy and family, and personal readiness programs to build a foundation of prevention to be able to mitigate and prevent [stress related] injuries and illnesses before they ever affect our Sailors and their lives,” said Captain Lori Laraway, OSC coordinator.
The program aims to teach Sailors that asking for help and guidance for stress issues is not a sign of weakness, but is instead a sign of strength. It accomplishes this mission by educating Sailors, families and command leaders to take care of themselves by remaining fit and healthy, to look after one another, and to take action if they see others reacting negatively to stress. Read more