Setting Sail


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.