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COMPASS is a standardized Team-Mentoring program developed by spouses for spouses.

COMPASS focuses on spouses new to the Navy, however; ALL Navy spouses are welcome. COMPASS improves quality of life through education, enabling spouses to understand, experience and meet the challenges of the Navy lifestyle. With this knowledge and realistic expectations, their journeys can be successful and rewarding.

COMPASS is a 12-hour program taught in three four-hour sessions. With Mentors acting as discussion leaders, participants are encouraged to ask any questions they may have in a non-judgmental climate. Participants are introduced to many aspects of the Navy. The standardized curriculum includes need-to-know topics such as the Navy mission, history, organization, customs and traditions, rights and benefits, deployment, pay, moving, interpersonal communication, and investing in self and community.

Another important benefit of COMPASS is the opportunity for spouses to establish a peer network. Because experienced spouses pass on their Navy lifestyle insights, the concept of "helping others to help themselves" is clearly observable and becomes an on-going action-oriented process.

A few of the things you will learn...

  • The importance of checking into all of the resources available to Navy spouses, like Fleet & Family Support Center, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Chaplain, Ombudsman, etc.
  • New phone numbers to call for information.
  • How to make moving more efficient.
  • You're not the only Navy spouse that doesn't know acronyms!
  • Better communication.
  • How to better help families deal with deployments.
  • A good way to look at financial matters, especially credit cards.
  • Learn about local things for children to do.
  • Learn "what to wear" and Navy traditions.
  • Deployment can be a positive, self-fulfilling event - support is available!
  • How to read an LES and what's on the LES.
  • Learn about web sites that you can get information from.


Setting Sail
The COMPASS Experience 

When you go on an extended journey to a foreign country, you do research and learn as much as you can to make your trip enjoyable and successful. You might need a passport, guidebook, and map to start you off in the right direction. As soon-to-be Navy spouses, you are "setting sail" on a new journey. The Navy may seem like a foreign land with its own language, customs, traditions, health care system, inherent moves, and deployements.

Naval Services FamilyLine's COMPASS program is designed to impact knowledge about this "foreign land" to anew Navy spouses. Empowered with knowledge and realistic expectations, the journey can be successful and rewarding for you and your Sailor.

COMPASS links spouses with available resources, Navy customs and traditions, real life experiences, and provides an opportunity to becom acquainted with other spouses. A well-trained Volunteer Team of experienced Mentor spouses share their knowledge, resources, and unique insights of the Navy lifestyle.

"Setting Sail" is a three-hour introduction to the full COMPASS Program, which is normally presented in 12 hours over 3 days. Participants will receive a handbook of resources, information on the COMPASS program (including worldwide locations), and contact information for Mentors. We hope you will join us!

Registration is a MUST to attend a class.  Find a Setting Sail location.

Register now so you can get the tools needed to start navigating the maze of military life! 


Feel free to email us at compasswebteam@nsfamilyline.org for more information!

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