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The Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Spouse Leadership Course (CMCSLC) is an intense one-week course for spouses of Command Master Chiefs (CMCs), Chief of the Boat (COBs) and Command Senior Chiefs (CSCs), en route to their command. Spouses of these active duty members attending the CMC/COB course are invited to attend the CMCSLC that is designed to run in conjunction with the CMC/COB course conducted in Newport, RI.

The course provides spouses with an in-depth program that enriches their knowledge of the choices and contributions they make as the senior enlisted leader spouse.

Based on personal values and preferences, each spouse develops a personal vision statement and, together with their prospective CMC/COB/CSC, develops a Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Tour Charter that is in alignment with each of their personal visions.

Additionally, the course provides spouses with an awareness of leadership and management skills that can enhance positive contributions to the family, command and community environments. The course deals with some issues likely to arise in connection with the new command responsibilities, providing ideas on ways to maintain communication links among the command, families, community and service providers.

The Navy provides funding for travel, lodging (co-lodging), car rental (reimbursed later) and per diem. We highly encourage spouses to make time for this important course, which we know is no small feat! We can guarantee the knowledge and information that will be imparted during the week will be beneficial. It is a course worth taking!

The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is the liaison between Naval Services FamilyLine and the Commanding Officer, Naval Leadership and Ethics Center. The Steering Committee consists of nine Navy spouses from around the world with representation from a broad range of communities. Each of the members has experienced the challenges and rewards associated with their spouse's Command Master Chief or Chief of the Boat tour. They represent spouses of senior enlisted leaders in each of the fleet concentration areas throughout the world. Their experience shapes the content and relevance of this dynamic course. The members of the Committee meet annually to assess the course, share ideas, develop recommendations and address concerns throughout the fleet.


Mentors are volunteer spouses with leadership and support experience whose spouses have completed or who are currently serving Command Master Chief or Chief of the Boat positions.


- Are selected by the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Spouse Leadership Course (CMCSLC) Steering Committee who provide essential advice and support to the course

- Receive invitational travel orders to attend a specific course

- Spend individual time with each student and develop a mentoring relationship

- Attend all course topics with the students, sharing information and experience, supporting the teaching team and building rapport with the students

- Are the "resident experts" in the classroom

- As well as the CMCSLC Steering Committee area representative, maintain contact with the students to provide continued support throughout their command CMC/COB tour


During the week, you will be asked to prepare a Personal Vision Statement and share it with a class instructor or mentor. You will be asked to keep in mind your personal values when completing the assignment.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is a text used in the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Spouse Leadership Course that can be referenced for assistance with your Personal Vision statement. Specifically, pages 96-144 (Habit Two) and pages 287-307 (Habit Seven)

It is highly recommended that you read the following sections of the book prior to attending the course.

  1. Pages 65 through 144 (Habits One and Two)
  2. Pages 145 through 182 (Habit Three)
  3. Pages 235 through 260 (Habit Five)
  4. Pages 287-307 (Habit Seven)