Navy making new heading toward character training
Amid a raft of firings related to personal misconduct in its leadership ranks, one segment of the Navy is pursuing a course of mandatory character training, according to the San Diego Union-Times.
The character course designed by San Diego-based company Sentek Global uses case studies of sailors who have gotten in trouble because of poor judgment. It then looks at strategies to prevent or intervene before sailors make wrong choices. Some of the topics covered include fraternization, alcohol and drug abuse, hazing, fraud, and falsifying of records.
Hamlin Tallent, vice president of Sentek and a retired rear admiral, told the Union-Times that "no commanding officer of the sea service has been killed in any combat operation within the last 40 years, but more than 20 were relieved of their duties in 2011 due to personal conduct."
The Navy spent $350,000 to have the course developed and put another $250,000 aside to cover the cost of having reservists also take the course, according to the Union-Times.
Initially, sailors associated with Navy aviation units will have to take the course, but it could spread to other Navy commands as well.
Sentek told the Union-Times it is pitching the course to other military branches, as well as law enforcement agencies.