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If you were about to go on an extended journey to a foreign country, you would want to do research and learn as much as you could to make your trip enjoyable and successful. You might need a passport, guidebook, and map to start off in the right direction. Now, think about a spouse embarking on his or her journey as a Navy spouse for the first time. To this spouse, the Navy seems like a foreign land with its' own language, customs, traditions, health care system, inherent moves and deployments.

COMPASS is a standardized Team-Mentoring program developed by spouses for spouses. COMPASS focuses on spouses new to the Navy, however; all spouses are welcome. COMPASS improves quality of life through education, enabling spouses to understand, experience and meet the challenges of the Navy lifestyle. With this knowledge and realistic expectations, their journeys can be successful and rewarding.

COMPASS is a 12-hour program taught in three four-hour sessions. With Mentors acting as discussion leaders, participants are encouraged to ask any questions they may have in a non-judgmental climate. There is one Mentor Team at each location. Session Teams come from the main Mentor Team and teach each COMPASS session. Typically, Session Teams consist of four Mentors.

Participants are introduced to many aspects of the Navy. The standardized curriculum includes need-to-know topics such as the Navy mission, history, organization, customs and traditions, rights and benefits (health, use of the commissary and exchange, Fleet and Family Support Centers), deployment, pay, moving, interpersonal communication, and investing in self and community. Another important benefit of COMPASS is the opportunity for spouses to establish a peer network. Because experienced spouses pass on their Navy lifestyle insights, the concept of "helping others to help themselves" is clearly observable and becomes an on-going action-oriented process. COMPASS is one of the many innovative ideas coming to fruition at Naval Services FamilyLine. For more information call 1-877-673-7773.

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COMPASS Training

All Navy Spouses are welcome.

COMPASS will be held at CBC Chapel Fellowship Hall

For directions please call: (228)-871-3000 ext, 7444

COMPASS is presented by experienced Navy Spouses. Develop Realistic Expectations and a Positive Attitude.

What is COMPASS?

  • Spouse-to-Spouse Mentoring Program
  • 12 Hour Session Presented Over Three Days
  • Taught by Experienced Volunteer Navy Spouses

The Course Curriculum

  • Benefits and Services
  • Anchors Aweigh
  • Local Insights
  • Personal Finance
  • Moving in the Navy
  • Getting along with others
  • Naval History and Traditions
  • Childcare provided - Call for details.
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