Command Spouse Courses

The Command Spouse Leadership Course (CSLC) and the Command Master Chief / Chief of the Boat Spouse Leadership Course (CMCSLC) are intense one-week, executive level courses for spouses of Commanding Officers, Command Master Chiefs, Chiefs of the Boat and Command Senior Chiefs en route to their first command tour. Conceived by Senior Navy Spouses and supported by Naval Services FamilyLine since its inception in 1997, these courses run in conjunction with the Naval Leadership Courses conducted in Newport, RI. Spouses attend on official Department of the Navy orders in conjunction with their active-duty spouses’ orders to attend the Naval Leadership and Ethics Center.

Senior Navy Leadership Spouses provide continuing spouse involvement for the direction and guidance of the course through a CSLC Steering Committee and a CMCSLC Steering Committee. Their involvement helps the course remain aligned with current fleet issues and reflect the perspectives and challenges of command spouse leadership.

The CSLC/CMCSLC provides spouses of soon-to-be COs and CMC/COBs with an in-depth program that enriches their knowledge of the choices and contributions they may make as a Leadership Spouse. Based on personal values and preferences, each spouse develops a personal vision statement and, together with the active duty member, develops a Command Tour Charter.  Additionally, the CSLC/CMCSC course involves dynamic exercises as well as supplemental materials to highlight skills in leadership, management, and communication that will benefit the Command Couple, the command, the command families, and the community that supports the command.  Through the support of the instructors and a mentor team of experienced command spouses the course addresses some issues likely to arise during the command tour and provides ideas on ways to positively impact the command environment, communication, and support among the command, families, and others.  Topics such as Ombudsman, Family Readiness Groups, support resources, Navy organization, and crisis response are addressed to help prepare the leadership spouse for the command tour.

Through knowledgeable instructors and experienced mentors, the Command Spouse Leadership Course strives to make the command tour a rewarding experience.