Saying ‘Trust me’ isn’t always enough…

How do you know?  Who told you that?  Where did you get THAT information?  Few of us take news or information at face value anymore.  We often gauge the credibility of information by how we feel about its source.

The Navy Operational Stress Control (OSC) team wants to earn your trust. The OSC Program is based upon feedback from the fleet about the effectiveness of our communications and the value of our training programs. We know from our focus group participants that Sailors and their families want an authoritative source of information that is easily accessible and trustworthy.  Our polls tell us that operational stress in on the rise, and that manning issues and increased mission requirements are major sources of stress. Leaders tell us that new requirements must be balanced with available time and that the psychological health of our force is a priority for mission readiness.

Finding proven ways to better prepare the fleet requires an understanding of the ever changing challenges of military life and the practical application of the latest relevant research.   Through polls, surveys and focus groups, the OSC program continually monitors the pulse of the fleet.  By building collaborative networks of relevant efforts, researchers and concerned leaders, the best information is being shared and used to find ways to build resilience and mitigate the negative effects of excessive stress.

Our upcoming Blog Posts will highlight some of these efforts.  We’ll bring you up to date on the latest Behavioral Health Quick Poll results and what they mean to you.  We’ll give you an interesting review of a sleep study conducted by the Naval Post Graduate School and how changing the watch schedule on one ship made a real difference in Sailors’ effectiveness and outlook.

The Navy’s Operational Stress Control (OSC) Program’s success depends upon you, our Sailors and your families trusting the information we provide.  We want you to have the information you need to understand why the Navy has chosen a particular strategy and help you trust the practical tools and training we recommend.

Write to us and let us know what you think.

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