Combat Operational Stress Control (COSC)
Combat Operational Stress Control encompasses all policies and programs to prevent, identify and holistically treat mental injuries caused by combat or other operations. COSC is one of the priorities of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, to ensure that all Marines and family members who bear the invisible wounds caused by stress receive the best help possible and that they are afforded the same respect given to the physically injured. The two goals of COSC are to maintain a ready fighting force and to protect and restore the health of Marines and their family members.
Military & Family Life Counselor Program (MFLC)
MFLC are free, they do not take records and you don’t need a referral.
The Military and Family Life Counselor is a Masters or PH.D. level licensed clinical counselor that works with families, individuals, couples and children to provide short term, non-medical, problem identification and counseling services. They are able to address relationships, stress management, grief after loss, occupational issues, crisis intervention and other individual and family issues. They also work with existing military family support programs to compliment services provided.
- Seven Things to Know About MFLC:
1. All MFLCs are licensed professional mental health counselors (LCSW, LPC, LMFT, etc.) who provide non-medical solution-focused “counseling” (no longer called “consultation”) to military personnel and their families. MFLCs assist people to explore alternate solutions to current daily life stressors.
2. MFLCs are considered an augmentation, not a replacement, for existing family support services.
3. Anything shared with an MFLC is confidential unless it is a Duty to Warn situation, as the MFLC is a mandated reporter and not a restricted reporter. Duty to Warn is when someone tells an MFLC they want to hurt themselves or others, to include domestic violence, sexual assault or child or elderly abuse.
4. MFLCs maintain contact with Marines/Sailors (and their families) through their confidential cell phones and face-to-face communications. The MFLC’s cell phones are manned from 0800 to 2000, Monday through Friday. They will respond expediently.
5. The MFLCs’ work day is flexible; however, it is a 40 hour work week. This provides the MFLCs the opportunity to meet with people prior to work, after work and to support those who work a shift schedule. Additionally, it enables the MFLCs to provide support at base or command events and to facilitate workshops or other groups.
6. MFLCs do not keep records and are able to meet people anywhere, except their homes, unless it is a command related event such as an FRG meeting etc.
7. People can meet with the MFLC for up to 12 sessions.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the Marine Corps. Even one death by suicide is too many. It is a tragic and preventable loss, causing untold grief to loved ones and units and is of highest concern to the public, legislators, the Commandant and all Marines. In addition, suicide and suicidal behavior at all levels can take a tremendous toll on the readiness and resources of the unit involved. For all these reasons, suicide awareness, prevention and intervention must be of highest priority to all Marines. Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts should be immediately referred to a health care provider who can evaluate their condition and provide treatment.