Command Master Chief and Chief of the Boat Course

The Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat (CMC/COB) Course is a capstone program that provides a 'just in time' learning experience to help develop the unique perspective and special skills needed to serve as a vital member of the command leadership triad.
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General Information

Eligibility

All personnel selected for assignment as primary duty Command Master Chief (CMDCM-9580), Chief of the Boat (COB-9579) or Command Senior Chief (9578) will attend the CMC/COB Capstone Course prior to their first assignment.

Location & Duration

The CMC/COB Capstone Course is two weeks long and taught at the Naval Leadership and Ethics Center in Newport, RI. It is offered approximately 12 times annually. Please see class schedule below for more information.

Learning Format

The course utilizes both facilitated seminars and comprehensive group case study analysis to achieve its objective of preparing individuals for the most demanding assignments in the Navy. Please see pre-reading assignments below and be prepared to engage in class-wide discussions on the material.

Outcome

The CMC/COB Capstone Course is a prerequisite for all personnel selected for assignment as primary duty Command Master Chief (CMDCM-9580), Chief of the Boat (COB-9579) or Command Senior Chief (9578) prior to their first assignment.

Program Structure

Core Objectives

Apply teamwork, communication, and alignment

Required | Objectives
Apply teamwork, communication, and alignment to increase overall Triad effectiveness.

Describe the responsibility, authority and accountability

Required | Objectives
Describe the responsibility, authority and accountability of the Command Master Chief to set and maintain the highest standards consistent with Navy Core Values.

Explain professional and personal expectations

Required | Objectives
Explain professional and personal expectations of the Command Master Chief charged with accomplishing the mission and setting high individual moral and ethical standards.

Develop teamwork

Required | Objectives
Develop teamwork to build a positive culture of command and command climate.

Develop communication skills

Required | Objectives
Develop effective communication skills to articulate mission accomplishment.

Develop self-awareness skills

Required | Objectives
Develop self-awareness skills in order to work with others across various leadership and communication styles.

Key Supporting Objectives

Accomplish the Mission

Required | Objectives
1. Explain the establishment of the position of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy as recorded by the United States Navy Historical Society.
2. Develop a job description for the CMC/COB in accordance with the Command Master Chief Instruction.
3. Determine a timeline for conducting a CMC/COB turnover in accordance with Procedures for Change/Exchange of Command and Officer Relief.
4. Determine methods of implementing the MCPON’s guidance and expectations into the command.

Working with People

Required | Objectives
1. Demonstrate the skills and unique perspectives necessary to serve as a member of the Command’s leadership.
2. Assess the internal and external relationships essential for chain of command effectiveness.
3. Determine appropriate interactions with the Commanding Officer and Executive Officer.
4. Assess the responsibility of the CMC/COB in the guidance, growth and development of junior officers.
5. Develop a plan to develop the members of the Chiefs Mess given Chief Petty Officer Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles.
6. Develop a Chiefs Mess mentorship program aligned with CNO’s and MCPON’s guidance and Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles.
7. Develop a training plan aligning the Chiefs Mess with Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles.

Leading People

Required | Objectives
1. Develop a course of action promoting good order and discipline in support of the Navy Core Values.
2. Explain methods the CMC/COB uses to establish and maintain order and discipline.
3. Determine proper protocol and participation requirements for the CMC/COB in command, Navy, and civic functions and ceremonies.

Resource Stewardship

Required | Objectives
1. Assess the CMC/COB’s role and responsibilities for command program management.
2. Determine the CMC/COB’s role and responsibilities in managing manpower.
3. Define a culture of inclusion.

Leading Change

Required | Objectives
1. Assess the CMC/COB’s role in the implementation of Navy policy.
2. Develop a plan for implementing policy changes and updates into the command given the CNO’s current guidance and policy.

Self-Awareness

Required | Objectives
1. Identify leader development opportunities to enhance self-awareness and overall leadership effectiveness through one-on-one mentoring sessions facilitated by post-tour CMCs, providing specific feedback.
2. Describe the characteristics of an individual MBTI personality type to enhance leader effectiveness.
3. Describe how to lead diverse MBTI personality types profiles.

Incoming Students

Contact Information

Naval Leadership and Ethics Center

More Information

These articles provide in depth discussions and examination of commands and their organizational frameworks to help the command triad better lead their commands to superior performance.

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Required Reading Assignments

All students are required to read OPNAVINST 1306.2 (series) prior to arrival. Students will familiarize themselves with this document, as it is referred to frequently during the two week course of instruction. Additional reading required to be done prior to the student's arrival:

Student support and resources at NWC, The Writing Center
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Suggested Reading Books

Additionally, we suggest you read three leadership books: Watkins’ “The First 90 Days,” Dungy’s “Quiet Strength,” and Covey’s “The Speed of Trust,” as part of your professional and personal development preparing for your next leadership position. We have copies available in our library for you to loan after you arrive in Newport. We can also mail copies to you on loan before you arrive. All loaned books need to be return to the course library prior to your departure. To request mailed books, send an email request to jean.bubluski.ctr@nlec.usnwc.edu.

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