By Susan Henson, Center for Personal and Professional Development Public Affairs
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) has released the 2013 edition of the Naval Leader Planning Guide (NLPG) and the Naval Leader Weekly Planner (NLWP), CPPD leadership said Jan. 3.
Both versions of the planner were available online Dec. 13, and commands can download the PDF version free-of-charge from Navy Knowledge Online. Users can also download a file that can be imported into Microsoft Outlook that will populate personal calendars with the dates found in the product. Commands are authorized to use the downloaded source files to arrange for printing at local facilities to satisfy unit-level requests for the resource.
"We did a hard scrub of this year's the Naval Leader Planning Guide and the Naval Leader Weekly Planner to ensure we had the best possible product," said Capt. John Newcomer, CPPD's commanding officer. "We see delivering this product as part of our commitment to provide the fleet with the tools to lead with courage, respect and trust and mentor future leaders to do the same. The Naval Leader Planning Guide and the Weekly Planner are full of information to help leaders do just that."
The NLPG brings together a large amount of information in a compact, portable format. This year's edition includes a 15-month calendar (January 2013 to March 2014), a complete list of CPPD courses and services, contact information for all CPPD learning sites and Navy College Offices around the world, the Principles of Naval Leadership, and Navy and Marine Corps Selection Board and Fitness Report/Evaluation schedules. It also includes a directory of community managers and technical advisors at Navy Personnel Command.
The weekly version of this product contains a 13-month calendar, but all other sections contained in it are the same resources as the monthly guide, including the personal and professional development sections and the career management points of contact.
The 2013 product includes the latest Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Professional Reading Program list, which was announced in October of 2012 in conjunction with the Navy's birthday. The Marine Corps Professional Reading Program list was also updated for 2013.
"We strive to provide the most up-to-date information possible to ensure the fleet has the information needed to meet mission," said Newcomer. "Of course there's always an opportunity to improve, and we greatly value feedback from everyone on the Navy and Marine Corps team on how we can make it even better - please send us your suggestions."
To download the 2013 NLPG, log on to www.nko.navy.mil and select the Leadership tab. The guide can be downloaded as either a PDF file for printing or as an Excel file, which can be imported into Microsoft Outlook.
CPPD is responsible for providing a wide range of personal and professional development courses and materials, including General Military Training, Navy instructor training, alcohol and drug awareness program training, suicide and sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention, and personal responsibility classes. CPPD's required leadership training is delivered multiple times throughout a Sailor's career via command-delivered enlisted leadership training material and officer leadership courses in a schoolhouse setting. CPPD also administers the Navy's voluntary education program, which provides Sailors with the opportunity to earn college degrees. CPPD additionally manages the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program, which offers Sailors the opportunity to earn civilian apprenticeship certifications.