The Camp Pendleton-Miramar (CPM) Chapter of NNOA Mentorship Program is designed to enhance the personal and professional lives of its members. In keeping with the general mission and vision of NNOA, the CPM Chapter seeks to educate, train and strengthen a diverse officer corps through personal, professional and career development. As such, this chapter has developed what promises to be an effective program and is encouraging its members to take an active, engaged role in the Mentorship Program, both as mentors and mentees.
The purpose of the CPM Chapter’s Mentorship Program is to develop officers professionally and personally, in order to encourage and build a cadre of leaders who are prepared to serve successfully in their respective commands. Mentoring is an iterative process by which individuals are shaped and developed into effective leaders who, in turn, become mentors to those “junior” in experience from them - thus repeating and completing the mentorship process. The intent of the Mentorship Program is to help members know, grow, and show those attributes expected of successful naval service officers for their current and future successes.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is mentoring?
Many people have different definitions and opinions about mentoring. Simply put, mentoring is counseling, advising, teaching and assisting others in their life/professional journey. We all have some place that we would like to end up; whether we call it our goals, dreams, or ambitions, it requires a journey fraught with choices, challenges and decisions to get there. Mentorship is formed by a mentor-mentee relationship that is as formal and frequent as decided upon by the pair; however, what is consistent is that mentoring is the relationship that includes reviewing “checkpoints” along an individual’s journey. Mentors use their experience and credibility to assist with this journey; mentees are individuals who are accepting to feedback and recommended course corrections along the way.
How can mentoring help me?
Mentors usually have the personal, professional, and/or career experience to be seen as credible to those whom they mentor. Have you ever tried to deal with a difficult situation and wish that you had someone that you could talk to about it? Were you ever at a professional crossroads in your career and not sure how to approach it or which decision to make? Mentors have ‘been there and done that’ before…or know someone who has. If you are unsure of how to read your Master Brief Sheet or Officer Military Personnel File to interpret your current value to the service; curious to how certain situations are perceived by those senior to you or the organization; interested in pursuing a special or unique career option or program; unaware or uncertain about the career map for your professional field; or could just use some advice from a credible source, then mentoring will be helpful to you.
What do you need from me?
We need all CPM members to fill out a personal data sheet to gather data about your personal and professional background; that information will be used to pair you up with a mentor. The personal information that you provided will be properly safeguarded, collated by the Mentorship Program Coordinator, Mr. Russell Woody, Colonel USMC Retired. The data sheet will be emailed to you or you can download the document from the chapter’s webpage. All data sheets should be returned to Mr. Russell Woody, Colonel USMC Retired via email sent to Russell.Woody@USMC.mil. Mr. Woody can also be contacted by commercial telephone at (760) 725-6419.
Should I be a mentor?
Mentoring also helps mentors actively use the gifts, talents, abilities, experiences, specialties, and skills that they have learned to make others better. All of us have chosen an honorable, yet extremely challenging profession. Our individual qualifications were enough to begin the journey, however we need to continue to be teachable and constantly learn from experiences and the experiences of others around us to actually reach our destination. Most of us did not reach success on our own accord, nor did we learn all of those key lessons on our own. Serving as a mentor allows us to give back to others.
What are the obligations of a mentor?
Mentorship is formed by a mentor-mentee relationship that is as formal and frequent as decided upon by the pair; however, what is consistent is that mentoring is the relationship that includes reviewing “checkpoints” along an individual’s journey. Mentors should be accessible to their mentee; they should contact and follow up with them on a reasonable basis. Mentees should be teachable and accepting of candid feedback.
Mr. Russell Woody,
COL, USMC Retired
Chairperson, Mentorship Program
NNOA Camp Pendleton-Miramar Chapter