Learning about the military is one of the things that is necessary to be able to be part of a productive and effective military family. Whether you have married into such a family, or you are otherwise a family member, there is a program that can assist you. It is called the Navy compass program, and it is based on a similar program that the United States Marine Corps has. The Marine program is called LINKS, and both programs in the Marines and Navy are similar to a third program conducted by the U.S. Army.
This is a program that has been proven effective for spouses of Servicemembers to learn and get to know in a non-threatening, supportive environment all about what military service life entails. The meetings, which make up the mentor program help match new military spouses with another, more experienced military spouses in a one to one mentoring arrangement. The program also meets as a group on a regular basis, for classes and meetings to help explain any questions that new spouses may have regarding military life, and what it means to be a family member of someone serving in the military. The Navy Compass program is designed to function in sessions, each session or cycle runs for 12 hours. It can be structured in several ways, but normally is in four classes of three hours duration. In some cases Army and Air Force spouses are eligible to attend also, it depends on the policies of the local group. Topics included in each cycle include military history, Navy customs and traditions, military ranks and ratings, military rights and responsibilities, and other such subjects.
Often they do not know what is expected, and this causes chaos in the personal and family lives of Navy Servicemembers. So, there is a program specifically designed to help give some relief. They are expected to know how to react when confronted with a variety of issues, situations and circumstances.