COMMANDING OFFICER Capt. David M. Oden EXECUTIVE OFFICER Capt. Christopher C. Westphal COMMAND MASTER CHIEF CMDCM (SW/AW) Larry A. Lynch PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER Lt. Emily Wilkin DEPUTY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER MCC (SW/AW) Rosa Paschall MEDIA LEADING PETTY OFFICER MC1 (SW) John Hetherington LAYOUT DESIGNER MC2 Asher Allen STAFF MC1 (SW) John Hetherington MC2 Eric Zeak MC3 Colby Mothershead MC3 (SW) Austin Breum MC3 Jeremy Laramore
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USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Sailors take part in the shipâ€™s first whole-command PT session at Adm. Prout Field on July 6.
USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Commanding Officer Capt. David Oden takes part in the ship’s first whole-command PT session at Adm. Prout Field on July 6.
TABLE of CONTENTS Sailors Advanced through MAP...............................................................................................................6 Sailors Save a Life........................................................................................................................................7 Chiefs vs. 1sts..............................................................................................................................................9 Word on the Nonskid................................................................................................................................11 Pride...........................................................................................................................................................12 Navigating the California Marijuana Landscape..................................................................................13 Healthy Eating..........................................................................................................................................15 Grilling Season..........................................................................................................................................19 Navy News.................................................................................................................................................22
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Makin Island Sailors meritoriously advanced
Thirty-eight USS Makin Island Sailors were selected for meritorious advancement July 17 as part of the Navy’s Meritorious Advancement Program (MAP). The Sailors were each nominated by their chain of command and chosen based on merit during a selection board held on the barge earlier in the year. “They wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for their hard work,” said Makin Island Commanding Officer Capt. David Oden. “The dedication they put into it and their future potential was seen by everybody.”
ABF3 Mejia, Robert ABF3 Ferguson, Austin R ABH2 Chermack, John P ABH2 Delosreyes, Zhyerra AD3 Suapaia, Andrew P AM2 Beasley, Marcus T AM2 James, Daysean AO2 Nanez, Eby AO3 Wilson, Stephon I AO3 Heim, Maryam I AO3 Beasley, Tavon AT2 Frederick, Krista A BM3 Burrell, Deandre
MAP is part of Sailor 2025. It is intended to give commanding officers the opportunity to recognize their best Sailors in paygrades E3 through E5 by advancing them when they are ready for the next level of responsibility. “It’s reassuring that if you step up and do the right thing even when no one is watching, you will be noticed and recognized,” said LS2 Samuel Goff. Newly advanced petty officers receive the pay of their new ranks immediately.
MAP Selectees BM3 Williams, Kendrick BM3 Leftridge, Hayley D BM3 Beckett, Jayelin D BM3 Fetherolf, Abigail R CS3 Rivera, Helen CS3 Akana, Cherish CTT3 Tretera, William J GSM2 Gould, Loriann N GSM3 Jimenez, Arisbeth HM1 Mckenzie, Rashad R HM2 Phelps, Sheena C HM3 Lake, Cody IC1 Paley, Brian R
IC2 Gooden, Christopher IC3 Do, Nam IC3 Ducros, Gabriel IT2 Jocson, Adrian LS2 Goff, Samuel C LS3 Gutierrez, Evelyn LS3 Zhou, Sicong LS3 Ellis, Theida MM2 Manzano, Jesus E PS2 Yasi, Babatunde O SH1 Filomeno, Vincent P SH3 Rhodes, Tkeyia
Quick-acting Sailors awarded for heroic actions on the pier Makin Island Executive Officer Capt. Christopher Westphal awarded Navy Commendation Medals to six Sailors for their actions working to rescuscitate a contractor who had a heart attack while working on the jobsite. “Our Sailors went into action immediately,” said medical officer Lt. Matthew Gallagher. “They did what they were trained by the Navy to do. It wasn’t even a second thought; it was instinct to go out there and help. We’re very proud of all of them.” The man down on Pier 12 led the Sailors to leap into action, calling emergency services and performing CPR to keep the injured man alive until emergency services arrived. “I never thought I’d have to use it, but luckily I’d just renewed my CPR card in May so the training was still fresh,” said EM2 Kwangyeon Hwang, the first Sailor to perform CPR onsite. “I didn’t really have to think about what to do; it just came to me.” 7 ATI
EM2 Hwang, Kwangyeon CS3 Vaughn, Davonta HM3 Matthews, Clarence HM1 Martin, Denys HM1 Gamez, Roger HM1 Ivey, Jonathan
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Chiefs and First Classes compete in a game of flag football at Harborside Gym, June 6.
cHIEFS vs. 1sts
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeremy Laramore
n a warm day in June at Harbor Field on Naval Base San Diego, Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) arrived for the Chiefs’ Mess vs. First Class Petty Officer Association (FCPOA) flag football game, the first in a series of friendly competitions meant to build camaraderie between the groups. The game was scheduled for 11 a.m. The First Classes were on the field and warming up 40 minutes before game time while the Chiefs were reluctant to show. If you asked a Chief that day what took so long, they might say they were busy with chiefly responsibilities. However, if you asked a petty officer first class the same question, they would tell you the Chiefs were procrastinating an inevitable smackdown. As the Chiefs arrived one by one to the field they began to stretch and warm up to keep from pulling any muscles or breaking any hips. The First Classes teased and taunted them cracking jokes and recommending the Chiefs to forfeit to save them from embarrassment. The Chiefs wouldn’t take the teasing without giving it right back. “They can’t match us,” said ITCM Terrence Ingram. “They can only beat us in number of players. It’s obvious that the more skilled team is the Chiefs.” Once the referees finally found the correct field and went over the rules slowly and concisely so all understood, all of the talk could be put to test on the great equalizer
known as the gridiron. The First Classes won the coin toss with tails showing. They chose to begin the game on the opposing 10-yard line. The game began with an immediate turnover as CSC Joe Mattia intercepted the ball and gained offensive control. The Chiefs scored soon after followed by a failed two-point conversion. The humbled First Classes showed concern as they realized the game wouldn’t be an easy victory. The first half ended with the game tied 6-6. With fewer players to substitute than the First Classes, the Chiefs began to fatigue. However, that did not dampen their mental fortitude as they chanted “Navy Chief, Navy Pride” in the huddle during half time. The first score of the second half was a pass completed by HM1 Jonathan Ivey to DC1 Peter Mena with a successful point after touchdown bringing the score to 13-6. The weight of the anchors had slowed the Chiefs down. As the game progressed, multiple dropped passes and flags on the field plagued both teams. The last play of the game was a pick-six by the First Classes leading them to victory with a final score of 25-12. “The game was a great success,” said AT1 Jimmie Carter, president of the FCPOA. “It did what we intended it to which was to strengthen relationships between the First Class Petty Officer Association and the Chiefs’ Mess.” With the spirit of competition still strong, the two teams would soon battle again.
The Chiefs wanted another chance at victory in different venue. Basketball was the game of choice. After a dramatic game full of lead changes, fouls and fast-paced play, the Chiefs’ Mess fell short once again with a score of 31-26. “I thought the basketball game was great,” said ABF1 Brendon Powers. “I think the competition helps build respect between everyone involved and builds up the bond between the groups.” The two teams met yet again for round three, competing in naval history trivia contest, and the Chiefs refused to lose this time, coming with a substantial win. For the final round, the two teams faced off in a softball game. The First Classes built a strong lead early on in the game. In later innings, the Chiefs made an impressive comeback, but in the end it just wasn’t enough. The Firsts left victorious with a final score of 17-14.
Chiefs and First Classes compete in a game of basketball at Harborside Gym, June 13. Chiefs and First Classes pose together with Executive Officer Capt. Christopher Westphal after a trivia contest, June 21.
ABH1 Stephanie Peterson runs towards home plate during a softball game between USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Chiefs and First Classes, July 27.
Makin Island Celebrates...
In June USS Makin Island celebrated the diversity of the Navy and the crew by observing Pride Month, recognizing the contributions and history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirited and other members of the LGBTQ2+ community. Makin Island hosted a Pride Month ceremony June 22, featuring guest speaker U.S. Air Force Capt. Adrian Herrera, who shared his experiences as an openly gay service member. Then, we asked some crew members to share what Pride means to them....
What does Pride Month mean to you? “To me, having a month is what helps give us our voice. It gives us the opportunity to educate the masses. If you look at history in general and what we’re taught in school, there’s rarely anything about homosexual or queer or bisexual or transgender people in your typical 5th grade history class or when you’re coming up as a high schooler.” -Lt. j.g. Zachary Stewart “It’s not just a celebration or to acknowledge the fact that people are different. It’s to acknowledge the past stuff that’s happened, the adversity that people have gone through. Being able to acknowledge that there was stuff that they had to go through to get to this point is important because without education we’re going to repeat the past.” -ITC MiChele Veverka “So now I love that we actually celebrate Pride Month for educational reasons because I think it’s necessary to bring people closer together to learn something that you may not have known about one of your fellow shipmates. So I think it’s very positive.” -ITCM Terrence Ingram “We’ve come a long way. And when I say, “we,” I’m not talking about whoever’s month it is. I’m talking about as people, as Americans, as citizens, as Sailors. So whatever this Pride Month is, it’s really just about people. A type of people. Not so much a classification of people, or an identification of people, but just celebrating people.” -FCCS Joan Buccat
Navigating the California Marijuana Landscape By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Zeak Pot, weed, grass, dope, herb, ganja, devil’s lettuce, or marijuana, no matter what you call it, on January 1, 2018, recreational use of cannabis became legal in California. Anyone over the age of 21 with a valid photo ID can consume cannabis. This includes many THC-containing forms like bud, edibles, and concentrated oils and waxes. As many civilians rejoice with the end of a prohibition era, military members will still find their careers going up in smoke if they use or possess marijuana. Ship’s Serviceman Seaman Quiree Williams moved to California five years ago for his first duty station aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Williams said it was a bit of a shock to see people openly using the drug, especially before legalization. “I think it’s hard to go anywhere in San Diego and not be exposed to marijuana,” said Williams. “You can smell it at the beach and you hear ads about dispensaries. Your friends and family might even be consumers because it’s legal for civilians.” Williams is in an interesting situation and said he is exposed to cannabis frequently because his wife is a user. They’ve created house rules like opening windows or going outside if she is going to smoke, just as a precaution. “I don’t have a problem with my wife smoking,” said Williams. “You’re going to be exposed to it just by living in a state where cannabis is legal. It’s always in the back of my mind though that I’m in the Navy and can’t use it.” Williams isn’t alone in feeling surrounded by cannabis users. Master-at-Arms 1st Class Daniel Mercado echoed that sentiment and said he thinks it could be an issue for those in the military. “I think it can be difficult to be around marijuana,
especially for younger Sailors,” said Mercado. “Our society doesn’t frown on marijuana use as much anymore. People who are held in high regard can sometimes glorify the use of marijuana. A Sailor might see that and get the wrong idea.” As the cannabis industry in California continues to grow, tax revenue is a topic that’s often brought up by state legislators. Current tax rates include a statewide excise tax of 15% and cultivation taxes of $9.25 per ounce of flower and $2.75 per ounce of leaves. Many cities have also adopted a local tax on cannabis, including San Diego which taxes all sales of recreational cannabis at an additional 5%. Consumers also pay sales tax on any purchase of cannabis. With adult recreational marijuana use legal in California, more and more licensed dispensaries will open in San Diego. Makin Island Security Officer Lt. Juan Cardona explained what Sailors need to know about visiting cannabis stores in San Diego. “If a civilian spouse wants to go to a dispensary, and you just go as a guest, that’s fine,” said Cardona. “We can’t control what civilians do. It would become an issue if the military member made a purchase or consumed.” Cardona cited Article 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice which says it’s illegal for a military member to use, possess, or distribute a controlled substance. According to Cardona, certain areas of town and specific businesses are restricted for Sailors. As long as the dispensary the spouse is going to is not on the restricted list, then the Sailor is free to attend. Members of the military cannot pay for or use marijuana. They would be there as a guest with a civilian spouse. Urbn Leaf is one of many dispensaries in San Diego. A
trip to one of their locations quickly indicates that business is booming. Long lines of customers form outside the building, especially if the bus shuttling tourists from the Ocean and Pacific Beach areas has just pulled in. Patrons are first greeted by a large security guard who wands them down before allowing access to the building. Once inside, there’s another line of customers. Many of them are buzzing with anticipation as they wait to have their ID checked. After the Urbn Leaf employees input customer information into a computer system, another security guard opens the door to the main selling area. Urbn Leaf prides itself on being a high-end cannabis boutique. Gone are the days of shady drug deals taking place in dark alleys. The Urbn Leaf selling area is classy. It’s clean. Glass cases shine, full of product waiting to be purchased. The salespeople, called budtenders, eagerly wait to share their knowledge about the industry and the products they sell. Budtender Caroline Sullivan said she has interacted with military members at the cannabis dispensary. “We get veterans who have served but are no longer in the military,” said Sullivan. “We also get active duty members who are just visiting with their significant others.” Sullivan noted the large military presence in the San Diego area and said sometimes it’s hard to tell if a customer is an active duty member. “All people need is a driver’s license,” said Sullivan. “They don’t have to tell us if they are in the military. They could look like any other customer we get in here, and we would serve them.” If a Sailor consumes marijuana, they can face a major headache in the form of penalties imposed by the Navy. Cardona explained that punishment for positive urinalysis results comes on a case-by-case basis. Cardona said some Sailors worry about testing positive on a drug test just from walking by someone smoking marijuana. He said there is no need to be concerned and that this is a myth. “Being in the same room as a user will not make you test positive,” said Cardona. “The Navy has a threshold of THC it tests for in your system, and that threshold is way above anything you would get from somebody walking beside you
on the street smoking marijuana.” Since the legalization of marijuana, Makin Island has stepped up its drug testing. According to Cardona, the Navy requires 15% testing of the ship’s crew every month. Makin Island averages 35% and has gone as high as 50%. Cardona said Makin Island has seen an increase in positive urinalysis results since returning from deployment last year, but it’s hard to say if the increase is due to the legalization of marijuana. Regardless of the legalization, Cardona said it shouldn’t affect a Sailor’s ability to say no. “It may be legal for civilians, but it’s not for us as military members,” said Cardona. “We might have civilian friends who can create a peer pressure situation, but that’s when honor, courage, and commitment kicks in, and you have to know how to make the right decision.” The mainstream support from the civilian world will continue to present an interesting situation for the armed forces. Mercado believes the ever-changing marijuana landscape will require some high-level discussions in the Department of Defense. “You need to understand that society as a whole is starting to jump onboard with the use of marijuana,” said Mercado. “Over the last ten years, nine states have legalized marijuana. Whether it’s a financial reason, or medical, there is going to be a continuous push. I think there will come a time when the military will have to adapt. The military will have to come out with a hard stance that this is something that will never happen or talk about repealing the current rules and regulations. It’s a complex issue, but either way, I think it’s a conversation we should expect to have.”
In Southern California - where fast food seems to reign supreme and the nearest McDonaldâ€™s is closer than the chow hall a healthy lifestyle can seem out of reach, but there are ways for you to eat healthy even if you live on the ship full time. 15 ATI
he important thing to remember is that if you want to be healthy, a well-balanced diet with lots of colorful food is where you want to start. “Try to make half your plate fruits and vegetables to ensure plenty of good soluble and insoluble fiber,” said Lt. Naomi M. Harless, a clinical dietitian at Naval Medical Center San Diego, who also advises choosing lean meats for protein. “Some choice words when choosing protein foods are grilled, baked and steamed.” Easy, right? But then there’s the food you should avoid or eat in limited quantities, which is basically any food that may make your healthy choices obsolete. “The rule of thumb is to stay away from a lot of processed foods,” said Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Ashley B. Reid-Hart. “Often, people tend to eat for convenience but when you make food from scratch it tends to be a healthier product.” But everyone knows the basics in healthy eating, so why is it so hard to do?
We know what healthy foods to eat, so why is it so hard? When the closest, cheapest and most convenient place to eat is dishing out delicious burgers and salty fries, it’s easy to see why so many Sailors choose the less healthy option. One of the major issues that can lead to this problem is transportation. If you live aboard the ship, you may not have adequate transportation to the commissary, galley or healthy-option restaurant. And even if you can get to the commissary, there’s little to no access to kitchen facilities for junior Sailors while living on the barge. And when you can’t keep food in the berthing you may find cooking from scratch difficult. As a result, Sailors are just walking to their neighborhood fast-food joint. It may take a little planning, but the opportunity to eat a well-rounded diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables and lean proteins does exist.
healthier eating on makin island in three (kind of) easy steps
get to the galley by land, sea or air
get all of your meals delivered to the barge
Keep reading to take a look at your options and figure out what your next steps are. It’s about two miles away on the dry side of the base and yes, that’s just a pain, but if you can get over it -- either by choosing to walk, bum a ride from a friend with a car, or even use those lime-green ride sharing bikes to get there and back -- you’re guaranteed a host of healthy menu items. “Check the Plan of the Week ahead of time to get an idea of the meals served and decide what days you want to go through the hot line,” said Harless. “Maybe skip the line in its entirety and choose salad as an entrée at the salad bar.”
Sometimes getting to the galley can prove to be difficult, but there’s a hack for that. If you live aboard the barge, you get a break on taking the long trip to the galley. “For the Sailors living onboard, the culinary specialists will go to the galley and pick up their food and bring it back to the barge daily,” said Reid-Hart. All you need to do is sign up. Every day, the CSs offer a sign up every day on the barge mess decks - one day in advance - for meals. So if you order breakfast, lunch and dinner on Wednesday morning, you’re buying those meals to eat for Thursday.
keep healthy snacks on-hand
If you live on the barge, there’s no real option to store a lot of food. There’s no real option to cook, either, but what you can do is store healthy treats that don’t require refrigeration. If your division or department ok’s it, you can keep light treats available in your office spaces, like apples, snack packs of almonds, or protein bars. You could even keep cereal and dry storage milk if you’re so inclined.
These are just a few of many resources you can use to get access to healthy food options. More resources are available for Sailors that want in-depth and personalized information. The nutrition clinic at the medical center offers nutrition classes designed for Sailors as well as for family members. The first step is to talk to the Makin Island Medical Department to be referred for a one-on-one consultation with a dietitician. ATI 18
Grilling Season The warmer temperatures of summer offer us the perfect opportunity to fire up the grill. While grilling is a great way to make some tasty chow, we thought we’d explore some less obvious reasons to take your cooking outside.
Make new friends, or keep the ones you have
Grilling can be social. Backyard barbeques, a picnic at the beach, or a camping trip are great ways to spend time with family and friends. People come together around food, and without it, your get-together may seem incomplete. Plus, you’ll be the star of the show if you’re the one passing out the burgers and hotdogs.
Learn something new
Maybe you’ve never grilled before and the idea of cooking on an open flame seems intimidating. Don’t let that stop you. Challenge yourself by learning a new recipe. You might make some mistakes along the way, but have fun and take satisfaction in mastering a new skill.
Just by being outside in the fresh air and warm sunshine, you can feel the stress of a hard day start to slip away. Focusing on a specific task like grilling can be a good way to relax, and when you’re finished, you have a magnificent meal ready to eat. No matter what your reason is for grilling, get out there and have some fun.
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Steak Ingredients: Ribeye steak Salt and Pepper Preparation: Season steak with salt and pepper Grill over medium-high heat 7 minutes per side
Baked Potato Ingredients: 1 medium-sized russet potato Butter Cheese Sour Cream Salt and Pepper Preparation: Bake potato in oven at 400 for 45 minutes to an hour Top with butter, cheese, sour cream
Broccoli Salad Ingredients: 1 head of broccoli 1 small red onion 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup sliced almonds 1 cup mayonaise 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar Preparation: Chop broccoli and onion Mix all ingredients in a large bowl Keep refrigerated until ready to serve
Visit USS Makin Islandâ€™s Facebook page for a how-to video!
Navy OKs new hairstyles for women WASHINGTON -- The Navy announced the expansion of hair styles for women along with several other uniform policy changes and updates in NAVADMIN 163/18, July 11. Women are now authorized to wear their hair in a single braid, French braid, or single ponytail in service, working and physical training uniforms. The ponytail may extend up to three inches below the bottom edge of the of the shirt, jacket or coat collar. The accessory holding the ponytail must not be visible when facing forward, and be consistent with the color of the hair. The hair cannot be worn below the bottom of the uniform collar where there are hazards such as rotating gear. Also, women can now wear a hair bun that does not exceed or extend beyond the width of the back of the head. Other uniform changes include the approval of the Navy Optional Physical Training Uniform (OPTU) that consists of a navy blue high performance shirt and five-inch running shorts. The uniform is expected to be available at Navy Exchange Uniform and Customer Care Centers starting October 2018. Navy is also developing a standard navy blue Physical Training Uniform The new hair regulations say ponytails can’t be longer than 3 inches (PTU) that will be phased into the seabag below the collar - you can use an ID card for reference. issue at Recruit Training Command in the 4, has been designated for optional wear with all Navy next 12-18 months. The Black Relax-Fit Jacket, commonly called the Eisen- working uniforms and coveralls and will be sold at desighower jacket, has been designated a unisex item and Sailors nated fleet concentration locations beginning this October. The boots were selected based on Sailor feedback and the can wear the men or women’s jacket sizing that best suits 2017 Navy Boot Study. their uniform requirements. New uniform policies are the result of fleet feedback To allow for greater visibility, women have the option and the ongoing efforts to improve Navy uniforms, uniform to wear identification badges on the right side above the policies and Sailor appearance. pocket of their uniforms. In addition, the Navy Uniform mobile app will be updatWear testing of the improved women’s officer and chief ed in late July. The update will include all of Navy uniform service uniform skirts and slacks will be complete this regulation illustrations, policies and NAVADMINs. summer. Improvements include a straight line service The expanded uniform app’s goal is to provide one-stop skirt, and redesigned khaki and white service slacks with uniform policy access and ability to submit uniform queslower waist and reduced rise (that’s the waist to top of the tions links to Navy Exchange on-line uniform sales via the inseam). These items are expected to be available at Navy app. For more complete information on this policy, as well Exchange Uniform and Customer Care Centers at the end as details, guidance, and where to direct questions, see of the year. An improved black leather safety boot, called the I-Boot NAVADMIN 163/18 at www.npc.navy.mil.
Navy Increases Parental Leave
The Navy announced the establishment of the Military Parental Leave Program in NAVADMIN 151/18, released June 21. The new program increases parental leave and combines the current family leave policies into one. The Military Parental Leave Program also aligns the Navy with recently released Department of Defense guidance pertaining to changes about parental leave. Under the new program, parental leave for the secondary caregiver increases from, 10 days to 14 days, and consolidates Adoption Leave MILPERSMAN 1050-420, Paternity Leave MILPERSMAN 1050-430 and Maternity Leave MILPERSMAN 1050-435 into the Military Parental Leave Program MILPERSMAN 1050-415 that will be published at a later date. The program applies to all active duty Sailors. Reserve Sailors who were performing active duties, or mobilized more than 12 continuous months, and are the parents of a qualifying birth or adoption on or after Dec. 23, 2016 are also eligible. Details about the leave periods are described in NAVADMIN 151/18. Based on a command’s readiness requirements, members on or within three months of a deployment will normally have to defer executing Primary and Secondary Caregiver Leave until return of the deployment. Commanding officers, in extenuating circumstances and where operational requirements allow, may authorize members to take parental leave. Navy’s parental leave program supports Sailor 2025’s goal of removing obstacles that negatively influence a Sailor’s decision to stay Navy when they are looking to start or raise a family. Sailor 2025 is the Navy’s program to more effectively recruit, develop, manage, reward and retain the force of tomorrow. It consists of approximately 45 living, breathing initiatives and is built on a framework of three pillars - a modern personnel system, a career learning continuum and career readiness. More information on Sailor 2025 can be found at http://www. navy.mil/local/cnp/mptestratdesign.asp For complete details on the parental leave program read NAVADMIN 151/18 at www.npc.navy.mil
The three family leave categories under the Military Parental Leave Program are: * Maternity Convalescent Leave is a six-week (42 days), non-chargeable leave period for the Sailor who gives birth, commencing the first full day after a Sailor is released from the hospital following a birth. * Primary Caregiver Leave is a sixweek (42 days) non-chargeable leave period for the parent who gives birth or is designated with primary responsibility for caring for the child or children following a birth or adoption. * Secondary Caregiver leave is a twoweek (14 days) non-chargeable leave period for the parent not designated with primary responsibility for caring for the child following a birth or adoption.
DoD launches new LinkedIn initiative Military spouses can get a free premium membership for every PCS move WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program is launching a new partnership with LinkedIn, the virtual professional networking platform. Military spouses will soon have access to a free LinkedIn Premium membership, valid for one year, every time they have a permanent-change-of-station move, including access to more than 12,000 online professional courses through LinkedIn Learning, as well as access to LinkedIn’s military and veterans resource portal. The membership is also available for the spouse of a service member who is within six months of separation from the military. “The partnership with LinkedIn will offer military spouses a great opportunity to advance their careers during their times of transition,” said Eddy Mentzer, associate director of family readiness and wellbeing in DoD’s Office of Military Community and Family Policy. “Spouses will be able to access a global network of professionals any time, from any place. They can plan their next career step before they move, as soon as they have orders [for a permanent change of station].”
More Than Networking A premium account includes enhanced insights comparing users to other applicants, on-demand learning, and use of the InMail feature, where users can send direct messages to LinkedIn members they’re not connected to. As corporate interest in hiring military spouses steps up, DoD and LinkedIn will be using the military spouse LinkedIn group to connect spouses to each other and employers. “It is important for military spouses to see LinkedIn Premium as more than just enhanced networking. LinkedIn has developed a learning path specific to military spouses to help them find and succeed in remote, flexible, and freelance work opportunities,” Mentzer said. “Additionally, LinkedIn provides enhanced resources for spouses that own and operate their own business as well as for employers to search the military spouse community for potential employees.”
The LinkedIn partnership is designed to help military spouses overcome a common challenge, sustaining steady employment. The number one contributing factor to military spouse unemployment is continual relocation from duty station to duty station. On average, active-duty military personnel move once every two to three years, more than twice as often as civilian families, and military spouses move across state lines 10 times more frequently than their civilian counterparts.
“Empowering our community of military spouses to reach their personal and professional goals is part of maintaining a healthy military community,” said A.T. Johnston, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy. “We encourage military spouses to take advantage of the LinkedIn Premium membership opportunity as just one of many tools available to them through the SECO program.” Military spouses interested in the LinkedIn Premium upgrade can visit MySECO for more information and to learn how best to maximize this new service. Eligible military spouses are expected to have access to the LinkedIn Premium membership later this summer. The DoD established the SECO program to provide education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide, offering free comprehensive resources and tools related to career exploration, education, training and licensing, employment readiness and career connections. This program also offers free career coaching services six days a week. This program may further develop partnership with private sector firms such as LinkedIn for purposes of enhancing employment opportunities for military spouses pursuant to authority in Section 1784 of Title 10, United States Code. The formation of such partnerships does not signify official DoD endorsement of any such private-sector entity or its products or services. Learn more about the SECO program by visiting Military OneSource or calling 800-342-9647 to speak to a SECO career coach.
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