Marine Corps Generals Punt Suicide Prevention Mission to Group Shown Increasingly at Higher Risk – NCOs

Excerpts from testimony outlining Marine NCOs’ new mission in suicide prevention during congressional oversight hearings, 2009-2011

Our NCOs told us, ‘give us this problem’ and we’re allowing them to deal with it to a great degree and I think that’s borne some fruit.

We have learned that peer-to-peer intervention is essential to our prevention efforts. As such, we have further refined our award-winning, peer-led suicide prevention course for Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) – “Never Leave a Marine Behind” – and tailored it to address additional Marine Corps audiences. In January 2011, we released this evocative, reality-based training module for our junior Marines, and updated the existing NCO module. In April 2011, we released officer and staff noncommissioned officer modules that give leaders the necessary tools to build resilience and encourage our Marines to engage helping services early — Marine Corps LtGen Robert E. Milstead, Jr., testimony during House Armed Services Committee hearing, Sept. 9, 2011

We are building on the NCO training program that we launched, late last year, to reach the rest of our Marine Corps. And we continue to examine each suicide carefully and forensically, and disseminate the lessons learned from that across all Marine Corps leadership.

I think it’s a host of things that are stressors on our Marines. The answer is the resilience, and the answer, I think, from our perspective, is going to be the noncommissioned officer.

At a planning session this past November, some of our Corps’ very best noncommissioned officers came to Quantico and asked us to provide them with additional training such that they could take ownership of the suicide prevention effort for their peers and for their marines.

Our NCOs have the day-to-day contact with Marines, and therefore, the best opportunity to see changes in behavior and other problems that can identify marines in need of further assistance. As a result, we are developing a high-impact leadership training program focused on our noncommissioned officers and our corpsmen, and asking them to provide additional—or giving them additional tools to identify and assist marines at risk for suicide — Gen James F. Amos, during testimony at Senate Armed Service Committee hearing, March 18, 2009 and June 22, 2010

Marine Corps Publishes ‘Never Leave a Marine Behind’ Suicide Prevention and Training Plan Requirements

by Sheryl E. Murray
U.S. Marine Corps, Jan. 11, 2011

Date Signed: 1/11/2011  
MARADMIN  Active  Number: 022/11  2011 
R 112156Z JAN 11
UNCLASSIFIED//
MARADMIN 022/11
MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/CMC WASHINGTON DC(UC)//
SUBJ/NEVER LEAVE A MARINE BEHIND, SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN//
REF/A/MSGID:CMC WASHINGTON DC/221736Z JAN10/-//
REF/B/MSGID:MARADMIN 0404/09//
REF/C/MSGID:CMC WASHINGTON DC R 101732Z MAY10//
POC/KIMBERLY MCGOLDRICK/CIV/UNIT:MRA/NAME:(703)784-9542/-//
NARR/NARR/REF A IS MARADMIN 041/10, TWENTY-SECOND EXECUTIVE SAFETY BOARD (ESB) RESULTS. REF B IS NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER (NCO) SUICIDE PREVENTION COURSE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN.  REF C IS MARADMIN 266/10, NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER (NCO) SUICIDE PREVENTION COURSE SUSTAINMENT PLAN FOR MASTER TRAINING TEAMS.//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. IN ACCORDANCE WITH REFERENCE A, THIS MARADMIN ANNOUNCES THE UPDATE TO THE NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER (NCO), NEVER LEAVE A MARINE BEHIND, SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING AND PUBLISHES THE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR THE JUNIOR MARINE, NEVER LEAVE A MARINE BEHIND, SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING.  THE OBJECTIVE OF THE NEVER LEAVE A MARINE BEHIND SERIES IS TO PROVIDE THE BEST SKILLS AND TOOLS AVAILABLE TO MARINES, SAILORS AND THEIR LEADERS SO THAT THEY CAN BETTER COPE WITH THE CHALLENGES OF COMBAT AND THE RIGOR OF LIFE  BOTH DEPLOYED AND IN GARRISON.
2.  NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER, NEVER LEAVE A MARINE BEHIND, SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING COURSE.
A.  ALL MARINES AND SAILORS ASSIGNED TO MARINE UNITS FROM E-4 TO E-5 ARE REQUIRED TO RECEIVE THIS DOCUMENTED TRAINING ONLY ONCE. THIS COURSE CAN ALSO SERVE AS THEIR ANNUAL SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING REQUIREMENT FOR THAT YEAR.   
B.  THE NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER, NEVER LEAVE A MARINE BEHIND CURRICULUM HAS BEEN UPDATED.  THE PREVIOUS ACRONYM:  PREPARE, RECOGNIZE, ENGAGE, SEND, AND SUSTAIN (PRESS) WAS REPLACED WITH THE ACRONYM: RECOGNIZE, ASK, CARE, AND ESCORT (RACE).  THE RACE ACRONYM WILL BE THE STANDARD FOR BOTH THE NCO AND THE JUNIOR MARINE COURSE. 
C.  THIS COURSE IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE RETAUGHT TO NCOS THAT RECEIVED THE ORIGINAL NCO COURSE IN ACCORDANCE WITH REFERENCE B.

Read this rest of this document at its source:

http://www.marines.mil/news/messages/Pages/MARADMIN022-11.aspx/

View the Marine Corps’ ‘Never Leave a Marine Behind’ Suicide Prevention and Training Plan online:

http://www.usmc-mccs.org/suicideprevent/index.cfm?sid=ml&smid=1

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