From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
At various All Hands Calls across the Navy, Sailors continue to criticize the boredom and ineffectiveness of large-group, computer-based training. Instead, they ask for small group, peer-led, interactive training. Navy leaders have heard those requests and are moving forward with a new, assertive effort to prevent destructive behaviors and decisions.
Most Sailors are aware of what bystander intervention is, but how to execute it is a little more difficult in certain situations. The upcoming training will provide Sailors with the skills to act to help a shipmate.
Here are five things you need to know about Bystander Intervention Training:
- Sailor participation is crucial to making this effective. You wouldn’t hesitate to intervene if you saw a shipmate about to fall overboard or walk into a propeller arc – why wouldn’t you do the same when a shipmate is about to drive after a night of drinking? This training seeks to build on the same idea of being a shipmate.
- Bystander intervention training is often associated with sexual assault prevention training. However, this new training goes beyond just stopping a potential sexual assault. It covers the entire range of destructive behaviors, from alcohol abuse to hazing, harassment and suicide.
- The new bystander intervention training is a direct result of Sailor feedback – you asked for more interactive and hands-on training. It will be led by your peers in groups of no more than 30 Sailors. No more boring power points.
- The training is being introduced this summer and Sailors can expect to begin receiving it at their commands this fall. All Sailors must complete this training by September 2015.
- The skills you’ll learn will enable you to help and protect your shipmates and prevent them from making a destructive decision that could end their career, or worse, their life.
Fleet problems demand fleet solutions – you, the Sailor, are going to be the solution to helping a shipmate in need. It’s imperative to have the skills to do so.
In the video below, Fleet Master Chief April Beldo talks about the upcoming bystander intervention training.