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The Command Spouse Leadership Course (CSLC) is an intense one-week course for spouses of Commanding Officers en route to their first command. Spouses of officers attending the Command Leadership Course are invited to attend the CSLC; a complementary course designed to run in conjunction with the Command Leadership Course (CLC).

Both the CSLC and the CLC are conducted in Newport, RI, and all related travel, lodging and meal costs are funded by the Navy for those in attendance.

The CSLC provides spouses of soon-to-be Commanding Officers with an in-depth program that enriches their knowledge of the choices and contributions they may make as a Commanding Officer’s spouse. Based on personal values and preferences, each spouse develops a personal vision statement and, together with the prospective Commanding Officer, develops a Command Tour Charter that is in alignment with each of their personal visions.

CSLC also provides spouses with an awareness of leadership and management skills that can enhance positive contributions to the family, command and community environments. The course deals with some issues likely to arise in connection with command responsibilities; it also provides ideas on ways to maintain communication links among the command, families, community and service providers.

We hope you'll take this opportunity to join us!

Steering Committee

The CSLC Steering Committee serves as the liaison between Naval Services FamilyLine and the Commanding Officer, Naval Leadership and Ethics Center. The Steering Committee consists of 14 Navy spouses from around the world with representation from a broad range of communities. Each of the members has experienced the challenges and rewards associated with their spouse's command tour. By representing the interests of command spouses in each of the fleet concentration areas throughout the world, their experiences continue to shape the content and relevance of this dynamic course. The members of the Committee meet annually to share ideas, receive updated information about the course, develop recommendations and address concerns about the course.


Mentors are volunteer spouses with leadership experience who are selected by the CSLC Steering Committee to support participants in the CO Spouse Course. All mentors are the spouses of commanding officers who have completed their O-5 command tours; each of whom makes a commitment to work closely with CO spouses to provide them with guidance based on their own rewards and challenges.


- receive invitational travel orders to attend a specific course

- attend the course with students, sharing information and experiences

- support the teaching team, help establish and build a rapport with students and are considered the "resident experts" in the classroom

- maintain contact with the students upon graduation of the course to support them during their command tour experience

- maintain contact with the CSLC Steering Committee representative in their respective area


During the week, you will be asked to prepare a Personal Vision Statement and share it with a class instructor or Mentor. You will be asked to keep in mind your personal values when completing the assignment.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is a text used in the Command Spouse Leadership Course that can be referenced for assistance with your Personal Vision statement. Specifically, pages 96-144 (Habit Two); and pages 287-307 (Habit Seven).

It is highly recommended that you read the following sections of the book prior to attending:

  1. Pages 65 through 144 (Habits One and Two)
  2. Pages 145 through 182 (Habit Three)
  3. Pages 235 through 260 (Habit Five)
  4. Pages 287 through 307 (Habit Seven)