Recent events have created a renewed emphasis on the leadership and development of all Sailors, enlisted and officer. Over time, leadership and ethics training has ridden a cyclical pattern with heavy emphasis following a specific event or spate of leadership/ethical failure(s) followed by a waning prominence when times appear to be riding the waves smoothly. This should not be the case. We should strive for a steady drumbeat/continuum of leadership and ethics training throughout career progression.
The confluence of recent senior leader reliefs for cause, the investigation into Glenn Defense Marine matters, the Air Force nuclear officer cheating scandal, and discussion surrounding personal misbehavior across all services has created an urgency to once again address leadership, character, and ethical decision making. But a question of readers may be, “Where do we train leadership and ethics?” This article provides some answers. Some points are known, or should be known to all, and some are new approaches just coming into shape.
For Supply Corps officers, the Basic Qualification Course (BQC), Supply Officer Department Head Course (SODHC), and Senior Supply Officer Department Head Course (Sr. SODHC) have been mainstays over time of formal leadership training in our community. Some personnel not attending SODHC and Sr. SODHC may have attended the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) courses outside of the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) which include:
Division Officer Leadership Course, P-7C-0100
Department Head Leadership Course, P-7C-0101
Department Head Leadership Course, (PART I) (Reserve Component) P-7C-0102
Department Head Leadership Course, (PART II) (Reserve Component) P-7C-0103
The above courses from CPPD have been hit or miss in a Supply Corps officer’s career and highly dependent on timing of rotation, operational deployments, etc. In the past couple of years, a new requirement for Supply Corps officers going to executive officer, command and major command tours is attendance at Naval Command Leadership School (more on this below).
Recently, Capt. Mark Pimpo, former commanding officer Navy Supply Corps School, etched out on a sheet of paper a career path where an individual could progress from ensign to captain only having had leadership training during the BQC. This doesn’t jibe with the CNO’s Navy Leader Development Strategy and is clearly seen as a gap/seam in the continuum of growth we owe to ALL Supply Corps officers.
For supply enlisted, leadership and ethics are trained at Recruit Training Command, in “A” school curricula, via the stages of petty officer indoctrination, during CPO 365 and at the Senior Enlisted Academy. While the continuum for enlisted personnel has stayed fairly constant over time, the Navy is always seeking ways to improve both content and delivery method.
What’s changing …
As of Jan. 24, 2014, Navy Command Leadership School (CLS) became Naval Leadership and Ethics Center and will be an Echelon III command under president, Naval War College. Naval Education Training Command (NETC) and NETC centers, including Center for Service Support, will remain engaged with the new organization during the transition from CO/XO/CMC/COB training to taking on the CNO Leadership Continuum, which will have all officer communities and enlisted leadership coming to the center throughout their careers for continued training.
The Supply Corps community will have to work closely with the Naval Leadership and Ethics Center to determine the points in time Supply Corps officers and enlisted leadership receive their intermediate and advanced leadership training.
For the time being, it is the intent to retain basic leadership training as a part of the accession process, “A” schools for enlisted, and the BQC for officers.
In the interim …
As we move toward this future leadership development construct, CSS’ intent is to work closely with Supply Corps leadership in dissemination of leadership and ethics training via multiple venues:
– CSS developed training (Navy Leadership Basics, Ethical Values, and Ethical Decision-Making) will roll out and be taught at as many formal and informal training opportunities as possible.
– All Supply Corps officers should familiarize themselves with the Joint Ethics Regulation (DoD 5500.07R). In addition, talk about ethics during any training events you conduct with your personnel.
– Visit http://www.usnwc.edu/navyleader to read/download the “The Navy Leader Development Strategy and Outcomes” information.
– Develop an individual reading program to include the “The CNO’s Professional Reading Program” found at http://navyreading.dodlive.mil/.
– Stay tuned for Supply Corps flashes and future Newsletter articles addressing leadership and ethics.
By Capt. Mark Murphy, SC, USN; Commanding Officer Center for Service Support