Frequent Answered Questions
What is an Ombudsman?
An ombudsman is a volunteer, chosen by the
Commanding Officer, on call 24 hours a day, 7
days a week. An ombudsman is a spouse of an
active duty or selected reserve member assigned
to the command who serves as the official
liaison between the command and its families.
The ombudsman assists the CO in maintaining the
morale and welfare of the command's active duty
service members and its families.
What an Ombudsman does?
The ombudsman acts as an advocate for families and
single sailors. We help to disseminate accurate
information regarding command policies, services
available, and deployments. We are a
confidential Point of Contact for families and
single sailors and refer them to the appropriate
agency for questions, concerns, help, or
intervention according to OPNAVINST 1750.1F
What an Ombudsman is not?
The ombudsman is not a trained counselor or social
worker, but can show you the way to solving your
problems or getting assistance.
I am not a crutch,
But I can support you
I am not a counselor
But I know one
I am not a taxi driver
But I can steer you in the right direction
I am not a rescuer
But I can help save lives
I am not a babysitter
But I am a great listener
I am not an enabler
But I can provide tools to empower you
I am not a master of anything
But I know many experts who understand your needs
I am not a Recreation or Health Specialist
But I am concerned about your Morale, Welfare, and
I am not a busybody as I've been called
But I am an Official Command Representative
I am a Navy family Ombudsman
And I am of Service to you The Navy Family
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