Sailors Help Lead 21st Century Sailors

The Navy’s Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) was formed in 2010 as a means for Sailors to encourage their shipmates to make positive decisions about personal behavior.

CSADD uses all the tools at their disposal, including social events, community service and social media sites such as Facebook to ensure their message reaches anyone it can.



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Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk, the Chief of Naval Personnel, had this to say about the important contributions the Navy’s CSADD program makes to the Navy and the Sailors within:

Over the past couple of months, as I’ve traveled to Fleet concentration areas and talked to Sailors about 21st Century Sailor and Marine, I always stress how important it is for Sailors themselves to “own” this initiative.

I think one of the best examples of Sailors taking the helm is the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions.  CSADD is a peer mentoring effort aimed at promoting good decision-making and leadership development at the most junior levels, bringing Sailors together for discussions through both in-person and online social networking.

Chief of Naval Personnel and Navy Total Force Fleet Master Chief presents the 2011 Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) award to the CSADD chapter members from USS Kearsarge.

It’s no surprise to me that CSADD is nearly 300 chapters strong worldwide, and growing. CSADD is all about I.C.E. – Inspirational Leadership, Challenging our young Sailors to engage, and Empowering them to lead.  Our Sailors have strong opinions – and solutions – for many of the challenges facing our Navy.

By having Sailors work together to tackle important issues like sexual assault prevention, responsible alcohol use, and safety, we’re seeing improvements in all areas of personal readiness. At our CSADD rallies at Naval Station Norfolk and in San Diego, the goal is to motivate Sailors to build on that success.

I urge you to support CSADD in their efforts to strengthen our Navy!

*Vice Admiral Scott R. Van Buskirk*
-Chief of Naval Personnel