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COMPASS Program Course Outline

Heather, from Team Annapolis, demonstrates how you can become a Deployment Super Hero!

Section 1 - Introduction

Introduces Navy spouses to the COMPASS concept and welcomes spouses to the Navy family. “The COMPASS Experience” is compared to a trip to a foreign country. When spouses are aware of the resources available to them as a spouse, their journey will be enjoyable and successful. 

Section 2 - U.S. Navy - Organization, History & Traditions

Provides historical insights and discusses the Navy’s traditions. Outlines the Navy structure and its mission. Talks about the Navy’s core values and gives insight into the Navy’s culture. 

Section 3 - Navigating the Maze - Benefits & Services

Provides an overview of benefits and services available to Navy families. Discusses the role of the Chaplain and command Ombudsman. Participants will learn how to access these privileges, services and resources.

Section 4 - I$ That All There I$? - Personal Finance

Introduces pays and allowances. Explains specific parts of an LES (Leave and Earnings Statement). Emphasizes the importance of responsible financial management, with recommendations for resources of assistance for fiscal responsibility. 

Section 5 - Changing Ports - Moving in the Navy

Discusses the challenges of moving often. Explains types of moves, preparation for moving, resources, entitlements, and base housing. Participants are given tips and advice on how to make a move less stressful.

Section 6 - Local Insights - Exploring Your Community

Discusses the importance of becoming involved in your community, whether it is inside or outside the gate. Explores what local opportunities are available in volunteering, education, travel, sports, museums, etc. Each team location will afford different resources and opportunities.

Section 7 - Anchors Aweigh - Dealing with Deployment

Discusses the inevitable separations Navy families experience and provides suggestions from seasoned spouses on how to successfully balance responsibilities when a spouse’s sailor is away. Covers the pre-deployment brief, the role of the command Ombudsman, and the emotional cycle deployment.

Section 8 - Getting Along - Healthy Communication

Presented by an area Navy Chaplain, participants learn about the different ways people communicate, and ways to focus on healthy, positive communication with their spouses and others.

Section 9 - Bon Voyage & Celebration

This section sums up the COMPASS journey and encourages participants to continue developing their knowledge and skills to pass on to other new spouses. COMPASS closes with a celebration of the journey ahead, complete with a cake, certificates and COMPASS tote bags filled with resources to use in the future.

Course materials and snacks are provided free-of-charge, thanks to the generosity of FamilyLine supporters and donors.

New to the Navy?  Check out these additional resources.
  • Anchors Aweigh - If a COMPASS class is not provided in your area, or you are not an active duty spouse, Anchors Aweigh provides spouses, parents and loved ones a brief overview of what to expect of the Navy life.

  • Checklist for New Military Spouses - important information for new military spouses.

  • MyNavy Family App - The first tool by the U.S. Navy developed for Navy spouses and Sailors’ families that combines authoritative information from more than two dozen websites into a single, convenient application.

  • Navy Spouse 101- an online introduction to Navy life. Sign up and search for the course "LWRW 100819".

  • Quick Tips for New Military Spouses - tips to help with military benefits.

  • Social Customs and Traditions - a free publication introducing spouses to Navy traditions and etiquette.