Navigate the Military Lifestyle with COMPASS

Want to learn more about our COMPASS Program? Watch this video created by our talented team in Guam.

Many Reasons to Join Us At COMPASS

If you haven’t attended a COMPASS session, maybe this feedback from participants in Charleston will help convince you to register.

Participants were asked what was their favorite thing about COMPASS:

  • Meeting military spouses both new and old. It was informative without being overwhelming.
  • The binder! Being able to have an organized method of info.
  • Meeting other wives
  • Love the friends(meeting other spouses), food, and Chaplain talk. COMPASS was amazing!
  • I loved the maturity, organization, and lack of rank/rate for the women…it makes everyone feel equal
  • bonding with new, knowledgeable friends over good food
  • Childcare
  • New people and the Chaplain
  • The volunteers, in other words…everyone. You welcomed us like family and were always friendly, thank you.

Participants were also asked about two things they learned:

  • One of the things that had me so worried was deployment. Just hearing about it sent chills down my spine. Coming to Compass it has cleared so many of my fears and answered my questions. Thank you so much!
  • Things to do in the area and how to communicate better with everyone
  • Resources available to military families- FFSC and NMCRS
  • Emotional aspects of deployments are normal and I am really not alone and DLA
  • Moving requires a good sense of humor and deployments
  • there are many factors to consider when you move and hassles that come with housing, environments, parking and financially. Deployments can be really rough.
  • there are a lot of resources available for spouses and places to visit in Charleston
  • Checklists can be my best friend regarding deployments and moving. Healthy communication is key to maintaining sanity and healthy relationships.
  • How to PCS and remain calm and what to expect on deployment.

To learn more about COMPASS or to register for a class in your area, visit www.gocompass.org.

Meet COMPASS Team Guam

COMPASS Team Guam

The COMPASS program has been reestablished on the island of Guam thanks to the hard work and dedication of Rosemary Ellis, the COMPASS Program Director, Antonia Wilbur, the Team Leader, and the 22 newly trained Mentors. Navy spouses, new and seasoned, are invited to attend the team’s first COMPASS session scheduled for March 25 - 27th. To register, visit www.gocompass.org/guam.html.

New Year’s Resolution: Learn More About Navy Life

Traci, our COMPASS Admin, has been working hard to prepare materials for classes in 2014.

As you contemplate resolutions for 2014, consider joining us at COMPASS to learn more about the Navy lifestyle. Whether you are new to the Navy or a seasoned spouse, there is something for everyone at COMPASS.

New spouses benefit from information and resources provided about moving, finances, deployment, benefits, and more. COMPASS allows new spouses to ask questions in a safe environment, free of judgement and rank. More importantly, COMPASS provides new spouses with a peer network for support and friendship as they begin their Navy journey.

COMPASS is like a refresher for seasoned spouses who are more familiar with the challenges of Navy life but would like to keep up-to-date on changes to policies and programs. Seasoned spouses also have the opportunity to pass along their experiences to new spouses eager to learn. We have all wished there was SOMETHING someone had told us early on in our Navy journey - COMPASS allows us to share those things with other spouses.

January session dates have already been posted. To attend a class in your area, visit www.gocompass.org/ to register.

We are also excited to offer spouses in Great Lakes, Annapolis, and Newport an introduction to COMPASS called “Setting Sail.” This is a three-hour class designed to accommodate fiances and spouses of Sailors attending schools in these areas. Register now!

Go COMPASS!

Are you interested in…

  • understanding military life better?
  • getting to know your military community and what it has to offer?
  • finding friends and networking outside your spouse’s command?
  • a cozy place with a warm atmosphere that provides complimentary snacks and free babysitting?

...Then COMPASS is for you!

COMPASS is a standardized Team-Mentoring program developed by spouses for spouses. COMPASS focuses on spouses new to the Navy however, all Navy spouses are welcome. The following locations will be hosting COMPASS sessions in September. Visit www.gocompass.org to register!