Why the word "Ombudsman"?
The word Ombudsman originated in Scandinavian countries and referred to safeguarding the rights of citizens. Today the concept of the Ombudsman is widely utilized in the fields of government, business, and healthcare.
What is the role of an Ombudsman in the Navy?
The Ombudsman is a volunteer, appointed by the commanding officer, to serve as an information link between command leadership and Navy families. Ombudsmen are trained to disseminate information both up and down the chain of command, including official Department of the Navy and command information, command climate issues, local quality of life improvement opportunities, and "good deals" around the community. Ombudsmen also provide resource referrals, and are instrumental in resolving family issues before the issues require extensive command attention.
Who can be an Ombudsman?
The Ombudsman of a command is the spouse of an active duty member in that command.
How can I become an Ombudsman?
A command's Ombudsman is appointed by the commanding officer, and then completes Ombudsman Basic Training. For more information on this process, contact the NASP Ombudsman Coordinator.
NASP Ombudsman Coordinator:
(850) 452-5990 ext. 3109; DSN: 922