Gen. George Patton famously said, “Do everything you ask of those you command.” At Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS), we expound on that philosophy through our mission statement -- Provide our students the personal and professional foundations for success. The staff of Navy Supply Corps School has fully embraced this doctrine, leading the next generation of Supply Corps officers from start to finish of the Basic Qualification Course (BQC).
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Students from 13-030 Delta and Echo Companies participate in Sports Day at NSCS. Students competed in basketball, track and field events in Newport, Rhode Island.
No better display of mission statement buy-in can be seen than through the staff’s thorough display and development of leadership. Leadership is developed and shown through active engagement, example, and academic discipline. Focus is provided on the leader as a whole person -- the development of leaders morally, mentally, and physically. Navy Supply Corps School recognizes the importance of not just training our junior officers, but developing and molding them into the next generation of leaders.
Upon entrance to the BQC, each battalion of students is assigned two staff officer sponsors and one staff chief petty officer sponsor to serve as a mentor and guide. The three-member sponsor team provides a ratio of less than 10 students per sponsor, and provides the focus of a former department head, division officer, and leading chief petty officer.
Sponsors participate with their students in structured activities throughout the students’ curriculum with the intent of answering questions, providing focused discussions on possible fleet experiences, and showing and guiding students on how to be the officer the Navy expects and needs. Activities include discussion hours, physical training sessions, and community service. Additionally, sponsors attend student activities, such as intramural games, to show support and reinforce mentorship. Topics during sponsor hours include professional elements such as chain of command organization and respect, career progression and development, and fitness reports and evaluations. Personal and professional issues discussed include ethical and leadership development scenarios and fraternization and proper relationships. The sponsor program develops and reinforces objectives taught during the leadership management curriculum.
The leadership management curriculum begins on the first day of academics for the new students, and lasts the entirety of the BQC. The intent of the curriculum is to teach the role of the U.S. naval officer. Emphasis is not just placed on the officer’s career, but also the career and development of the enlisted Sailor. It is, as the curriculum title states, developing leadership through an academic lens. Topics covered include Navy personnel structure, shipboard organization, counseling, awards and recognition, enlisted advancement and reenlistment, and government ethics, training, and safety. Formal curriculum topics that are reinforced by sponsor hours include evaluations and fitness reports, your career, and officer promotion. Practical exercises and homework assignments are given to reinforce the objectives taught. These assignments also provide personal experience in writing point papers, exploring naval history, and writing evaluations and fitness reports. Leadership Management culminates in the Division Officer Leadership Course (DIVOLC).
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Lt. Reid Morrow and CWO3 Stephen Wyrick present the carrier platform to NSCS BQC students.
DIVOLC is a weeklong group-oriented learning process by which students work through leadership based scenarios. Students engage in small group discussions and role playing scenarios to develop their leadership style. These group-oriented activities provide a sense of the issues that may arise in a Sailor’s and division officer’s daily interactions. Structured discussions and scenarios provide reinforcement of the terminal and enabling objectives from the Leadership Management curriculum. Students are asked to role play situations as varied as counseling a Sailor to briefing the executive officer and supply officer. Videos of fleet examples are shown and discussed to engage the theoretical scenarios with actual fleet representations. Students can see and be engaged by real models of leadership.
Navy Supply Corps School staff members also serve as real models of leadership, doing so with enthusiasm. “Our instructors set the standard for learning, delivering world class curricula to the future leaders of the Supply Corps,” said NSCS Commanding Officer Capt. Kristen Fabry. Staff members support junior officers by attending all student events. Professional decorum is discussed and displayed; clearly emphasizing that they are naval officers 24/7.
Personal and professional accountability is also instilled through the Navy Supply Corps School’s high-profile culture of fitness. Staff attends bi-weekly student physical training, emphasizing the importance of physical fitness to a sound mind and body. Additionally, all students are required to complete an in-PRT and out-PRT, and staff models Navy standards as we participate alongside during every student physical readiness test. This culture of fitness enhances students’ ability to focus and prepare for their next duty assignment, which they discover during a tradition known as an “orders reading.” Staff attends and participates in orders reading, as well as the final commanding officer’s reception for each graduating battalion. This participation is intended to show support for student success and model appropriate behavior at social functions.
From start to finish, Navy Supply Corps staff represents and develops leadership in our students. What makes leadership cultivation at Navy Supply Corps School so effective is that, from the commanding officer to the most junior instructor, the staff upholds adherence to the highest of personal and professional Navy standards. This model of leadership develops leadership and inspires excellence in our junior officers. This mentorship continues beyond graduation and the school house walls. We are here not just to develop the next Supply Corps officers, but the next generation of leaders.
By Capt. Kristen Fabry, SC, USN; Commanding Officer Navy Supply Corps School