How many times has this happened to you? You know what needs to be done, and you’re determined to accomplish the mission then, BOOM, you hit a roadblock. While you may know what you want to do, you’re at a loss as to how to accomplish it.
In September 2013, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery along with Marine and Family Programs kicked off the MarineAdvisor program for this exact reason. The program is designed to coach Marines through life tasks. Whether it’s money management, mental health or career development, a trained professional is an email, call or text away. MarineAdvisor surveys have suggested most Marines prefer this type of engagement.
“Although a new program, we have already helped several Marines set goals regarding finding civilian jobs,” said Paul Finch, Program Manager. “Helping them to set specific goals and then step by step achieving them is the heart of coaching.”
For example, if a Marine consulted a financial counselor, they may be told to set up a budget and start saving 10% of their paycheck. The MarineAdvisorprogram is there to help coach the Marine into actually doing these tasks, and walks them through how best to complete them. These advisors can be looked at as the “action officers.” They instruct Marines on how to accomplish their desired task.
“Personal life coaching in the civilian sector used by athletes, executives and others is very expensive. We now offer that same service and opportunity without charge to our Marines and sailors who have deployed,” Finch said.
The MarineAdvisor is a way for Marines who have deployed to reach out and be steered in the right direction, without having to commit to a counseling or medical professional. Nothing said during a coaching session is documented in a Marine’s record.
Coaches are licensed as clinical professionals and receive specific Marine Corps acculturation training. Eligible Marines and sailors can sign up for the program by calling 855-763-7542 or visiting the MarineAdvisor web page.