VERIFIED AS OF APRIL 21, 2023
The Navy’s Command Climate Specialist (CCS) Program provides a valuable asset that stimulates a free-flow of communication at all levels within the chain of command. CCSs provide briefings, training, and assist visits to subordinate and area commands in areas of Equal Opportunity and prevention of Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Discrimination. Additionally, CCSs strengthen the chain of command by keeping the leadership team aware of existing or potential command climate related issues, as well as procedures and practices that affect the mission, readiness, welfare, and morale of Sailors in the command.
CCS Roles and Responsibilities
For a detailed list of CCS responsibilities see chapter 3 of OPNAVINST 5354.1H Navy Equal Opportunity Program Manual. Some roles they may fill:
-Liaise between the command and the Navy Sexual Harassment Prevention and Equal Opportunity Office, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, and their command and subordinate commands.
-Conduct on-site Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) program reviews of subordinate commands. Ensure that commands, at a minimum, comply with the CMEO checklist.
-Coordinate training requirements for the subordinate command CMEOs.
-Provide supplemental EO/CMEO training and assist visits to subordinate commands as requested/needed.
-Monitor their command/subordinate commands’ annual EO trainings.
-Monitor their command/subordinate commands’ EO climate assessments, ensure review by the appropriate Echelon, and maintain executive summaries for historical files.
-Monitor their command/subordinate commands’ EO/SH message status
-Review all subordinate commands’ formal administrative EO/SH complaints.
-Coordinate administrative actions with the Staff Judge Advocate, Inspector General, and staff assistants as necessary.
-Advise command leadership on all EO/SH policies and issues.
-Provide commanders a verbal and written report of command and subordinate or regional command climate and areas of concern.
-Conduct an annual review of subordinate commands’ executive summaries, and provide a summary of areas of concern to their commander.
How Do I Become a CCS?
For a detailed list of all requirements and steps see MILPERSMAN 1306-917 and OPNAVINST 5354.1H. Some of the requirements and steps for the application process are:
-Must be E-6 through E-9 and interviewed by an approved CCS. Applicants must contact OPNAV CCS Community Manager (OPNAV N173) to arrange for an interview: Commercial (901) 874-4561/DSN 882-4561 or email: MILL_Navy_EO_Advice@navy.mil.
-Complete NAVPERS 1306/92 Special Programs Screening, sections A and D.
-Successful completion of both the Equal Opportunity Advisor Primary Course and the Navy Service Specific Course at the Defense Equal Opportunity Manager Institute onboard Patrick Space Force Base Cocoa Beach, FL. Students will be awarded Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) 809A after graduation.
Note: Required obligated service for selection as a CCS is two - 36 month tours.
LOCATING MY CCS
To locate your CCS, please check with your CMEO Program Manager or your Immediate Superior In Charge (ISIC) CMEO Program Manager. You may also contact the Navy Sexual Harassment Prevention and Equal Opportunity Advice Line by clicking here or calling 1-800-253-0931.