COMPASS FAQ

WHAT IS COMPASS?

COMPASS is a 12-hour Team mentoring program developed by spouses for spouses.  COMPASS is open to all Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard spouses and is presented over three days (four hours per day).  COMPASS provides new and experienced spouses with information and resources that will help them be successful on their Navy journey.

WHAT DOES COMPASS COVER?

Using a standardized curriculum, COMPASS introduces participants to many aspects of the Navy lifestyle: the Navy mission, history, customs and traditions, rights and benefits, pay, deployments, moving, interpersonal communication and investing in self and the community.  To learn more, read the full Course Outline.

WHO PRESENTS THE COMPASS COURSE?

COMPASS is presented by Navy spouse Mentors who are part of an area COMPASS Team.  The Mentors facilitate the discussion insuring that everyone has the opportunity to participate fully. 

WHO ARE THE MENTORS?

COMPASS Mentors are trained volunteer Navy spouses who have experienced Navy life and possess the passion to Mentor other spouses, help them gain knowledge, and establish a peer network.  Mentors are required to have been married to their Sailor for at least three years.  They also have completed COMPASS and have had additional Mentor Training.

HOW MUCH WILL COMPASS COST?

COMPASS is free.  Course materials, baby-sitting and snacks are provided for participants and Mentors.

WHO IS SPONSORING COMPASS?

The standardized COMPASS Program was developed by volunteer spouses and is sponsored by Naval Services FamilyLine.  FamilyLine is a non-profit 501 (c) (3), volunteer organization serving Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard families around the world.  Rosemary Ellis, the program’s founder is the COMPASS Program Director and serves on the Naval Services FamiilyLine Board.

WHERE ARE THE CURRENT COMPASS TEAMS LOCATED?

COMPASS sessions are being held in:  Kings Bay, GA, Pearl Harbor, HI, Norfolk, VA, Groton, CT. Washington, DC, San Diego, CA, Yokosuka, Japan, Misawa, Japan, Atsugi, Japan, Bangor/Bremerton, WA, Whidbey Island, WA, Everett, WA, Jacksonville, Fl, Charleston, SC and Annapolis, MD.  COMPASS is looking for Navy spouses (must be married to their Sailor for at least three years) who want to become Mentors and be a part of this exciting Program.  Mentors are required to attend COMPASS as participants, and complete additional hours of Mentor Training. 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET COMPASS STARTED IN AN AREA?

It takes approximately six to eight months to implement a COMPASS Team.  First, there must be spouse interest, a Team forms with interested experienced possible Mentors, a COMPASS Session and Total Team Training are held, the Team practices and when the Team is ready, COMPASS sessions are scheduled.

HAS ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEEN DONE BEFORE?

COMPASS is based on the Marine Corps program called L.I.N.K.S.  Program Director, Rosemary Ellis attended a L.I.N.K.S. session with three other Navy spouses in Kaneohe Bay, HI.  This Team worked together to create a similar program called S.U.B.S.  The COMPASS program was developed at FamilyLine when Rosemary was the Chairman of Naval Services FamilyLine and also Ombudsman-at-Large for then CNO, Admiral Jay Johnson.  The S.U.B.S. program transitioned to COMPASS in March 2002.

HOW IS COMPASS FUNDED?

COMPASS won a grant of $10,000 in June 2000, for the best innovative program in support of military families.  The Fisher House Foundation, Newman’s Own and Military Times sponsored the grant. In January 2003, COMPASS was awarded a grant of $7000 to implement the San Diego Team from the Rear Admiral Charles H. & Marjorie L. Lyman Trust.  COMPASS was awarded a grant of $5000 from the Battelle Corporation in September 2003.  In January 2005, COMPASS received a grant of $7000 from the Lyman Trust to implement two new Teams.  In January 2006, COMPASS received an additional grant of $6070 from the Lyman Trust to implement two new Teams. IN 2007 COMPASS received a $300,000 grant from the United States Senate and then Secretary of the Navy, Donald Winter.  BAE Systems gave FamilyLine’s COMPASS program a grant of $12,000 in 2011 to purchase and maintain a copier.