Stress injuries are among the “unseen wounds” that may be acquired while serving in the military, and it is among the things that the various branches of the military seek to address. One such effort at managing stress injuries is the formation of the Operational Stress Control (OSC) Mobile Training Team (MTT).
Two OSC MT Teams, composed of three members each, recently completed three weeks of orientation and intensive training, and have now joined the Fleet. They are part of an effort to expand the delivery of OSC training to the Fleet. The teams have been tasked with teaching the OSC Leader Course, as well as the Front Line Supervisor Training (FLST) courses, to commands across the globe over the next year.
OSC program coordinator Capt. Lori Laraway shared: “We’ve heard from both Navy leadership and the fleet that we need to continually expand OSC’s outreach… We’ve heard that our messages about the importance of leaders in identifying and preventing stress injuries are on target, but we want to expand the program’s effectiveness. We also know from focus groups, polls and course feedback that Sailors prefer face-to-face training so we designed these new teams to bring the best new curriculum to Sailors at their commands.”
The six members who comprise the two OSC MTT are equipped with impressive skills and backgrounds, and collectively have 120 years of Navy service and 70 years of training experience. MTT program leader, Ernest ‘Scotty’ Jackson, shared: “Every member of this team has a deep understanding of the Navy and its unique challenges. We believe that their experience coupled with their exceptional training skills will be invaluable to building understanding of the role of Navy leaders in addressing operational stress and building resilience.”