US Navy Plans Bystander Intervention Training

Based on Sailor feedback and lessons learned from US Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response efforts, new Bystander Intervention to the Fleet (BI2F) training will begin this fall for all active and reserve Sailors.

As this training will bridge several topic areas, BI2F will count for the fraternization, hazing, physical readiness and sexual health GMT requirements for FY15.

BI2F training details are spelled out in NAVADMIN 275/14 released Dec. 11.

Rear Adm. Mike White, commander, Naval Education and Training Command, said that BI2F training provides the tools for the fleet to significantly reduce unacceptable behaviors such as fraternization, hazing, and sexual harassment or assault:

This training will equip our Sailors with the skills to recognize potentially risky situations and take appropriate action to help shipmates avoid decisions that could have life-altering consequences. This peer-to-peer training is designed to encourage open, honest dialogue among those of similar age and experience level.

Training will be delivered by facilitators using interactive video and small-group peer discussion.

Rear Adm. Rick Snyder, 21st Century Sailor Office director, points out that the training covers a range of topics that span the continuum of harm.

BI2F is skills-based, peer-led training designed to prevent destructive behaviors and promote an environment of professionalism, respect, and trust for all. It focuses on how to recognize and safely intervene to prevent a number of destructive behaviors. In the end, our Sailors will have the skills to step up and step in to help shipmates and our Navy.

BI2F training must be completed for all Sailors no later than Sept. 30, 2015

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