needs and policies of the service. Each member must
realize the importance of his or her job. Conflict
between the needs of the service and the desires or
incentives of an individual may tend to destroy morale.
You also have a responsibility to show concern
when personnel wish to discuss something they believe
would serve the interest of the division.
contribution must be given proper recognition and
appreciation. They must be made to feel that they are a
part of the organization.
An indication of high morale is increased effec-
tiveness, patriotism, loyalty, will to win, cooperation,
discipline, confidence, satisfaction, and pride. There
must be career opportunity; a fair measure of efficiency;
a fair administration of leave, promotion, assignment to
duty; and planned programs and facilities for
Recognition is an excellent aid to the development
of high morale. Recognizing the accomplishments of an
individual is an important part of supervising. Take the
initiative to recognize outstanding individuals.
Make recommendations for personal awards or
special recognition such as sailor of the month,
quarter, year, force, fleet, or Navy.
Assign personnel to training schools.
Assign preferred duties.
Make recommendations for reenlistment.
Junior personnel respect your experience and
advice and appreciate any interest you show in their
welfare. If you display enthusiasm when you help
someone make a decision, your guidance will more
likely be accepted.
The effects of recognition form a positive attitude
toward Navy life and a long-term effect on individual
Advise personnel of Special Services recreation
programs, special interests groups, clubs, and volunteer
tour programs under the Navy and civilian sponsorship.
Encourage participation in intramural sports and
off-duty activities with the objective of promoting
camaraderie and physical fitness. Physical development
and mental stimulation also aid in the development of
You may be required to counsel personnel who have
personal problems. Some of the areas of personal
problems you may encounter are problem drinking,
child/spouse abuse, nonsupport of family members,
paternity complaints, marital problems, and problem
A member may ask for your advice and assistance
with financial matters. On the other hand, you know that
a member has financial problems and the member does
not admit the problem or seek counseling. The Navy
expects its personnel to pay their financial obligations
in a proper and timely reamer. However, enforcement
of the private obligations of personncl falls under the
control of civil authorities. You do not have the authority
to arbitrate claims or controversies about the private
financial obligations of your personnel. Neither do you
have the authority to act as an agent or collector for a
creditor. Your job is to encourage your people to conduct
their financial affairs in a way that reflects credit upon
themselves and the Navy. You will find the Personal
Financial Management Course, NAVS0 P3607, to be
of particular interest to you for general military training.
Also, emphasize to your personnel the Navys policy
concerning the Remission of Indebtedness or Waiver of
the Government Claim Arising from Members of the
Naval Service, SECNAVINST 7220.38E.
An up-to-date knowledge of Navy regulations and
policies and a desire to help people are your keys to
successful personal counseling. Confidence in your
knowledge of facts and a willingness to share your
knowledge will encourage others to seek your advice
and value your judgment. A knowledge of available
Navy and community services will prove helpful in
providing answers. There are numerous agencies
available that have trained and motivated counselors to
provide assistance to persons who have problems that
are affecting their lives and careers. Encourage your
people in need of personal financial counseling to use
the counseling service provided by the agencies.
FAMILY SERVICE CENTER
Family service centers serve as the focal point for
existing family and personal support and assistance
programs. They offer help with almost any problem-
marital, financial, family advocacy (child/spouse
abuse)-and maintain information about duty stations
throughout the world. Family service centers arc not the
ultimate counselors in every case. In cases requiring
specialized professional counseling, the centers provide