Operational Stress Control (OSC) and Resilience

Operational Stress Control
The first step in building a more resilient and mission ready Navy

We know a Sailor’s life isn’t easy. It involves meeting a myriad of professional requirements while working long hours in the face of manning issues and family challenges. The Navy acknowledges these stressors and has taken a holistic approach to help Sailors, their families, our civilians and commands become more psychologically resilient.

Resilience for us means our ‘capacity to withstand, recover, grow and adapt’ to stressors and changing demands.

The foundation of our resilience building effort is our Operational Stress Control Program. Since 2008, our OSC program has made significant strides in promoting understanding of operational stress and increasing awareness of where to go for help before stress issues become problems.

In addition to developing and delivering extensive awareness training to Sailors, our OSC team members have joined with researchers, medical professionals and deck plate leaders to develop practical mitigation tools.

The Stress Continuum provides us with a tool to help us talk about psychological health and our leader-focused training emphasizes the importance of leadership in changing our culture to one that rewards help seeking behaviors.

Other tools include the OSC and Suicide Prevention Program’s informational products that are available, free of charge, from the Naval Logistics Library.

Visit this OSC Blog for links to our videos and contact our OSC Mobile Training Teams to schedule training that can be delivered to your command. We ask our leaders and shipmates to find innovative ways to mitigate stressors and then use this Blog to share their successes or lessons learned with the entire fleet.

We need everyone to help us build a more resilient, mission-ready Navy especially as we transition to a leaner and more focused force.  Let us know how we’re doing and/or send us ideas about how we can do better.

Captain Kurt Scott,
Director, Behavioral Health

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