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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Nuclear Officers cheat on tests!!

The story says they cheated because of the stress of taking the test!!  What a bunch of wimps!!  Ask someone who used to go through Nuclear Technical Proficiency Inspections and Operational Propulsion Proficiency Evaluations how stressful those tests were.  Yet we did not cheat.  No, we did our homework, practiced, and followed the rules!

I believe those 98 Air Force Officers display how wimpy and limp wristed our men have become.  They whine instead of standing up to the challenge.  And, if there were females in the 98 Air Force Officers that cheated, then they failed their gender too!

Inspections are supposed to be tough!!  But the rules and procedures are plainly documented for anyone with a sixth grade education to read, understand, and follow.  And these are Officers, with College degrees!  Some, maybe, from the Air Force Academy!!  Give me a break!

Furthermore, I do not believe there is anyone on active duty that has the intestinal fortitude to fix this problem or the other thousand Leadership problems our Military has.  No, if the suits want to fix this, they need to get some very Senior Enlisted members from the 1970'2 and 1980's back on active duty to show these pansies what Leadership and accountability are!   We need some people who are used to making the sacrifices required to be the best we can be.  Being great at what you do requires self-sacrifice, dedication, and guts!!  All of which are lacking, for the most part, from today's military.

Now before you get your panties in a wad.  Yes, we have some members of our Military, especially in the SpecWar communities, that stand the test of time.  But the folks who are in the rear with the beer and the gear, are useless.  And that is who these 98 Air Farce officers were.  Feather merchants.

It is time we stop giving trophies for showing up in Little League, stop passing kids from one grade to the next when they fail academically because it hurts their feelings to be set back, and we need to actually require our people to do the extra work to be the best they can.

With a smaller Military, every member MUST be a full up round!  24/7/365!

I am not the only old Master Chief that feels this way.  I read an article in Army Times that stated that a group of Senior NCO's were angry with the leadership of their services.  That was good to hear and read!


 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Robot soldiers

I read an article that said the Army was looking at replacing some human troops with robots.  Probably truck drivers, cargo handling, even some self defense systems.  We already did this in Iraq with containerized CIWS gun systems.  It worked well.  Just google it!

Before I retired from Civil Service, I worked a proposal to provide remote monitoring for shipboard systems.  Maybe we were a little before our time.  But remote monitoring could replace senior technicians on sight, store keepers, even the "Jack of the Dust".  Think about it!  When a case of peanut butter is used, the Bar Code reports that to a central ordering system that compiles that units next stores order.  If a system is approaching it's 80% wear point, the parts are ordered, the tech rep is sent to arrive when the parts do, and the system is restored.  If a shipmate is injured and has to be medevaced from the ship, remote monitoring could already have the replacement in transit! Any report that is now done my people can and should be done remotely and automatically.  

So much could be handled by remote monitoring and computers.  We could reduce the cost of manning, the cost of health care, retirement, transfers, and even death benefits, not to mention the cost of wounded warriors.

This may seem over the top.  But, it is time to let technology work for us instead of us working for technology.   I saw demonstrations of how remote monitoring worked, a few years ago.  It was great then!  Yes, one of you will bring up EMP.  Let the smart people solve that too.  Let's get out in front of technology and use it to save money and the lives of our military personnel.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Military discipline is down the drain!

I just heard on Fox News that the Pentagon has been ordered by Congress, by the means of the Defense Appropriation of 2014, that turbines, beards, yamikas, and other religious dress MUST be allowed in uniform.  So, if I am Rastafarian, I can have my dreadlocks!?  What if I am a Hassidic Jew. Will my uniform be made out of black sack cloth?  Can I grow my hair and beard without cutting them?  And what if I am not one of these religious groups?  I cannot have a beard, so I am being discriminated against because I am not of a specific religion but want a beard.  This is just plain crazy.

When you joint the military, you give up your individuality.  That has always been the strength of the U.S. Military.  It was how we dealt with the racial tensions of the 1960's and 1970's.  Being the same, Navy Blue, Army Green, is good way to build a cohesive unit.  Now, we are going to have individuality.  What if a gay male wants to wear female uniforms?  What if a bi-sexual male wears female uniforms on Monday and male uniforms on Tuesday?  Can a gay male have shoulder length hair?!  I can take this to the extreme, but I will stop here.

This is a sign of the down fall of America.  We have no common culture, no common sense of decency, decorum, politeness, or a common goal for our nation.  Everyday, I see stories on the news that back my view that America is collapsing, quickly.   The end of America is near.  The only thing missing is Obama with a violin.

What should we do.  Buy gold and silver.  The dollar will be worthless soon. Buy ammo, you will have to defend yourself and your family.  Stockpile food and water or water purification equipment.  Watch your six!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Past bruises that have never been spoken

My last post exposed some bruises that I have not exposed before.  Thinking of them brought back some other scars that I have not openly talked about.  They caused me great stress and pain during the second half of my Civil Service career.   These stressors may very well be a contributing factor to my disease.  If not, they certainly took much of the joy out of a wonderful career.

For reasons that do not need discussed here, our Command personnel voted to unionize.   That was a traumatic shock to management.  One we were not equipped to deal with or properly trained for.  The HRO in Norfolk was no help either.  They seemed to enjoy picking fights with the Union and that caused us even greater problems.  They wanted to play hardball with the union and would never even try to find common ground.

When I was moved from the Branch Head position in the Programs Branch to the Search Radar Branch, I inherited the union Vice President.  He was as hot headed and adversarial as the HRO was.  The senior Command management, in Uniform and in $10,000 suits had no plan to deal with the union.  There was no consistency in how they dealt with the union.  So, our management combined with the HRO office stumbled from one calamity to another.  My immediate supervisor was only in this for him.  He worried only about what upper management thought of him.  He was only concerned about his promotion.  And anyone or anything that he perceived reflected negatively on him was killed.

The Command changed how they wanted me to deal with the "Official Time" of the union vice president so many times, I lost track.  They would tell me: "Official time can only be approved by the Executive Director, or HRO, or the Captain.  Then, without telling me, they would schedule a meeting with the VP of the union and keep him busy all day.  Of course, I was being hounded to keep the VP on jobs on ships.  He was a great Radar tech!  The Coast Guard made him their tech of choice when they tasked us for search radar work.  Hopefully you can see the stress on me.

On a number of occasions, my immediate supervisor called me down to his office for severe ass chewing.  He was not really good at that though.  Believe me, I have had my ass chewed by real pros that actually had reason to chew my ass.  He was only covering his.  At least once, out of a clear blue sky, he called me down to a conference room and held a formal investigation type of questioning about the whereabouts of the union VP.  He also called me at home on weekends and when I was TAD to other locations to ask what I had the VP doing.  The harassment of me came in an unpredictable manner.  Sometimes months would go by and then, BAM!   I was the dirt no good again!  

Even though I knew these events were caused by the Executive Director, Captain, or HRO pinging on my boss, I was always the one who caught all the hell.  They never dealt directly with the VP or the problem they perceived.  They just shot at me, often!   Once, the Executive Director openly questioned my LOYALTY!  He told my Boss that I was the cause of all the Command's problems with the union.  I actually confronted the Executive Director about this charge and he blew me off.  I was anything but disloyal.   Again, I hope you can see the stress I lived under for ten years!

Just before I retired, HRO changed directions and the new HRO representative to our Command actually came to me and apologized for how I was treated over the last ten years.  Can you imagine how shocked I was!?   Of course, my immediate supervisor never apologized.  He just smiled and plotted his next victim.

I retired because of the effects of my Lewy Body Dementia.  I was suffering from the dementia portion of this disease in that I could not do my job because I forgot how to.   One day, I was trying to send a tech rep over seas.  I have a short window to get him on the airplane to New York to meet a flight to Bahrain.  I could not input his orders into the computer system!   After two hours, I had to ask another Branch Head to do what I had done thousands of times before!  I was also getting lost driving home, not knowing where I was or where I was going.  There were other issues related to my LBD, and I knew it was time to go.  By then I had a new immediate supervisor that actually thought I was a good, loyal, part of the team.  He wanted me to stay, regardless of my problems.  But I knew it was time.

The constant stress of being the supervisor of the union VP was worse that anything I had gone through in uniform or out.  The constant fight between management and the union with me in the middle was murder.   I still have scars from those fights that will never heal.  My immediate supervisor, a GS-14, has finally been found out for what he was.  I have no satisfaction in that.

I do believe the entire command would have been better if they had just found common ground with the union.  The idea of always fighting and picking fights is mutually destructive.  And it ended up destroying me.

I am sure I have left out issues that also impacted me negatively.  My memory is not as good as it once was.  But, the pain still remains.   It subsides now, but it comes back whenever I think about my days as a Civil Servant.  Even though I have fond memories of those 20 years,  the pain of how I was treated by my immediate supervisor will never go away.  Never!

I wrote this as therapy for me.  Not to cause anyone problems or to get back at anyone.  Those days are past.   Maybe someone can learn from what happened to me.   But mostly, I just needed to get this off my chest.  Nothing more.  I hold no grudges.

Praise in private, punish in public! Or is it the other way around?

My wife and I were reminiscing about my Navy days.  That is where my mind is most of the time now.  I remembered how often, as a Gunner's Mate and as a Command Master Chief, I was punished in public and praised in private.  Now, I hope most of us know that is the opposite way we should do things.  But the fact is, a good performer seldom gets praise or even acknowledgement of a job well done but always gets told when he or she falls short of some imaginary mark!

I know many in the Chief's Mess that said, upon retiring or transferring: "I never knew they appreciated me until I left!"  It is somewhat the same in the civilian world.  Especially if your next immediate superior is incompetent!  Why, because HE or SHE takes credit for what you do and nobody up the Chain of Command knows it was your idea or effort or exceptional work effort that solved the issue or completed the mission.  I lived in that Hell for ten years of my Civil Service career.  Many time, I went job hunting, but always stayed because I loved what I did and the people that worked with me.  My immediate supervisor was the issue and I learned to live on personal pride instead of corporate praise,

Leadership and not management is what is missing in the military and the civilian world.  It is the difference between doing things right and doing the right thing!   Another old Navy saying is;  Those that can't, teach!  Well, I learned that in the world of DOD Civil Service, those who can't, MANAGE!

Just the same, on a ship, the outstanding performer in the Chief's mess is a target not an example!  Since all the Chiefs in each of the three pay grades compete for the top spot at eval time, the Chief's Mess is a lion's den instead of a band of brothers.  High Year Tenure, promotion to E-8 or E-9, and even promotions to LDO or Warrant have all turned the Fellowship of Chief's into a cut throat band of pirates.  And the one who does extremely well needs to sleep with both eyes open.

When I was on Active Duty, the Navy had done away with E-9 evals.  That made sense.  Now, if you wanted to go LDO or Warrant, the Command would do an eval.  Evals were also done for special performance.  But who is the Master Chief competing with?  But now, Command Master Chief bills are competitive and at sea, in rate billets are few and far between for Master Chiefs.  So, if you want to stay on active duty, CMC may be the only way.  So, Master Chiefs are now in the fight too.

A kind word goes a long way in calming the waters.  Being able to come into the sanctity of the Chief's Mess used to be the only way I could relax and recharge.  Yes, we picked on each other, in a brotherly way.  But we worked together as a team.  But, at the end of my career, I saw that change and the competition, sniping, and back stabbing take over.  Especially among the younger Chiefs.

When I was at NAVSEACENLANT/FTSCLANT/MARMC I had a Chief publish an article I wrote with another retired Chief, as his own.  He got a medal for that article and never looked back, even though I challenged him on the fact that he had plagiarized my work and the work of another retired Chief.  That plagiarizing Chief actually made E-9 I am sorry to say.  But, I do believe he exemplifies the new Chief.

I was never looking for praise, because if I had to seek it, it had no value.  But, there were times that simple recognition of sacrifice and effort would have gone a long way in making my life better.  AS I sit in my power recliner, taking more pills that I can count, and unable to do much of anything that resembles physical work of mental effort, I realize that all the time I spent away from my family, on ships, working, was not appreciated and maybe not even profitable.  Things look different from this end of the tunnel.  The light was an oncoming train!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Comments on my post on the retirement COLA reduction

I love getting comments from those who read my posts.  I received a comment challenging my facts on my retirement COLA post of yesterday.

In the Air Force Times article of 8 January 2014, we are told that in a 2007 behind the scenes deal, Flag Officers were able to garner more pay in retirement than on active duty.  Don't believe me, read the article.

Second challenge;  According to the official 2014 Military Pay Scale, an O-10 over 38 years of service has a base pay of $19763 per month.  That is $237,156 annually.  An O-9 has a monthly base pay of $17, 437 and an O-8 has a monthly base pay of $14,339.  You can do the math for the annual pay.

Again, the $287,000 retirement check for a retired Four Star is from the Air Force Times article.

I love comments and I love being challenged.  It makes me prove my point.  I should have put the reference info in the last post.  I will do better in the future.  But I have always said; "Dn't trust me, do the research yourself".  Actually, when I am in my Pastor role, I tell folks when I am preaching; "Don't believe me, read the Bible yourself!"  And I also say; "Don't blame me, I did not write the book!"  In this case, I am only the reporter.

So, keep those cards and letters coming!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Veterans and Active Duty personnel under the pay grade of O-7 are trash!

Three points that will aggravate you as much as they did me.

First;  The VA now wants to require all applications for disability to be filled out online.  And, the clock for the beginning of any benefits will not start until the form is completely, correctly, filled out, on line, and filed!!

This will penalize those who do not have computer access or do not have computer capabilities.  There is already computer submission of requests for disability and increase in disability.  But, we can also submit the request in writing.

The second impact is that the clock for benefits, and past benefits, will not start until every "i" is dotted and (T) crossed, as judged by the VA!  Now, the clock starts when the Veteran starts the process.  This is significant because the VA can add forms, require information from the Veteran, and even require Doctor documentation as part of the process.  Of course, this will save the government money, at the expense of those who served!

Second;  Flag Officer's retirements are not effected by the recent 1% reduction of COLA's on retirement pay before the retiree is 62!  The article I read stated that a four star General or Admiral gets $287,000 a year in retirement pay which is more than their base pay on active duty!  A retired E-6 that retires with 20 years service gets less than $24,000 retirement pay per year before Federal and State taxes!  The retired Enlisted members will suffer exponentially more that a Flag Officer would!  But, as I have said so many times before, the suits, those in $10,000 Brooks Brother's suits and those in $10,000 dress uniforms continually screw the folks who really do the Nations bidding.

I have not seen or heard ONE FLAG OFFICER make a comment against this unfair, discriminatory, policy.

Third;  I also read that during the pay freeze on Active Duty Military pay, early in the Obama, Administration, Flag Officers were exempt and did receive COLA's.  Now, since we have more Flag Officers in the Navy today, with 250 ships, than we did in World Way Two, when Battle Groups had 250 ships in them, it seems to me we could save more money cutting Flag pay that Enlisted pay.  The actual excess of Admirals equals 1 Admiral for every Ship in Commission.   Yes, there is talk of reducing Navy Flag billets, to 211!  That is less than one per ship today, but the ship population will drop to the Flag level.

If you are a Veteran, the Administration sees you as a burden that needs to be cast away.  As an Enlisted Retiree, you are a thorn that should go away.  Just like the Officer's beaches, separate rules for Officers with VD, and Officers wearing civilian clothes on liberty while we were in Uniform, there is no corporate respect for us.  Late in my career, I thought this disdain and distrust for Enlisted personnel was dead and gone.  Obviously, I was wrong.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Shellback initiation!

Yesterday,  I was at my son's, brother in law's home.  He is a doctor and a very interesting individual.  He was a Naval Officer and we have a Surface Warfare connection.  We were telling "Sea Stories" around the dinner table and "Shellback Initiation" came up.  Of course, he and I told a couple of stories about initiations we participated in.  The the Doctor said;  "To bad those initiations went away!"  My son was shocked!  The Doctor and I explained that ALL of the initiation and team building vents were gone.  Chief's Initiation, Warfare Pinning ceremonies, Tacking on Crows, Kegger's, and ones that I forgot.  All of the bonding and team building events are gone.

Now, I will be the first to tell you that climbing through a garbage shoot or Kissing the Royal Babies belly were gross!  But all of us did it and that made us a brotherhood!  Officers, Chiefs, Enlisted, even Civilian riders participated in the "Crossing the Line" ceremony.  It was a source of pride to show someone your "Shellback" card.  Now, all that is gone, the victim of political correctness.

I believe the loss of these ceremonies is the root of the social downfall of America.  We have tried to make everyone the same.  And in doing that, we have lowered the collective experience to the lowest common denominator!  No one is special.  No one has accomplished something special.  Everyone, regardless of sex, brains, muscle mass, experience, or education is different that the lowest human.  And that will lead to the downfall of America.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Trying to Drink Canada, Dry!

After I retired from the Navy, I went to work for GEICO insurance as a Management Intern.  That was a mistake!!   Don't get me wrong, GEICO and the President of the company, Ton Nicely were great.  But being a Management Intern made everyone I came in contact with think I was going to take their job!  I left GEICO after a year and went to work for NavSea Cen Lant.  I have written before about getting that job.  Having friends in high places is always a good thing.

Immediately after getting hired, my Supervisor sent me to Fleet Training Center, San Diego to take the 16"/50 Class "C" school course.  When I got to San Diego, I discovered that Jim Mitchell, was the Director of Gun School.  He was the GMM Detailer that relieved Vern VanMatre.  He went Warrant and then went LDO.  He was a O-3 as the Director of the school.  I needed computer access to make reports back to my Supervisor in Norfolk and I needed a computer to work on a College course that I was taking.  Jim told me he would meet my request if I did something for him.  He wanted me to write an evaluation of the 16"/50 course.   He told me my review would only be between him and me.  Or, at least that is how I remember it.

When the nine week course was complete, I provided Jim a rather large, typed, report of my opinions on the Course curriculum, the instructors, and the class administration.  It was pretty brutal!  I provided examples by name and date of deficiencies that I found.  Some of these were pretty dangerous.  Like the young sailors drinking Lunch!  There even were times, I had to teach part of the class because the Instructor did not understand the equipment.  Trust me, a Power Off Brake is the same in a MK 42 5"/54 and a 16"/50 Triple Gun Turret.   Needless to say, the course was useless.

I gave Jim my review on Thursday.  We were leaving Friday morning after a brief graduation ceremony.  Thursday night, I went to the Chief's Club to say good by to many of my active duty friends.  We started drinking at about 11AM.  We closed the club at 0100!  My very good friend, Master Chief Jim Smith was there the entire time.  It seems Jim and I always drank too much when we were together.  I guess I was a bad influence on him!  In any case, the next morning, I was in BAD shape!!  But, I made muster in the classroom and tried to drink coffee.  At about 8AM, Jim Mitchell came in and told me the Commanding Officer of Fleet Training Center wanted to meet with me about my report!  I looked terrible, smelled like a bourbon bottle, and could not put three words together in a cohesive sentence!  So, I went back to the BOQ I was living in and took another shower, tried to throw up, and tried to sober up!  Trust me, the only thing that will sober a person up is time!!  And I did not have that.  But, at 11AM, I met with the Commanding Officer.  I remember that meeting, in that I remember it happened.   do not remember what I said or what he said!  He did sent a Letter of Appreciation to my Commanding Officer.  That was nice.  But I bet he wondered how I ever wrote that report.

I am glad I no longer drink like I did when I was on Active Duty or first retired.  While the Navy I served in was alcohol centered, it lead to may problems that could have been avoided.  Just the same, it was a good way to blow off steam and cement relationships.  It was never a good idea to drink to excess before an important meeting.  Of course, I did not know I had an important meeting before I tried to drink Canada, dry!  Jim slipped that one in on me.  No problem, I survived.

Many of the Gunner's Mates I drank with that night have passed away.  Others I have lost contact with.  But in my, I am still serving with those old Shipmates and I often think about those times we enjoyed some adult beverages at the Chief's Club.  Those days may be gone for today's Navy but they live in my mind.  The one once thing is, remembering those days and not reenacting them, is much nicer.  I don't have a hangover!!


Friday, January 3, 2014

Another slap in the face of our fighting men and women!

Today, the Pentagon, meaning some politician civilian or Officer lap dog doing the bidding of the President, announced that the "Imminent Danger Pay" for Military Troops stationed in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, or deployed to the Persian Gulf will be terminated.   This was done to save money!!  Each Military member stationed in a Combat Zone gets $7.50 per day, imminent danger pay!  Big savings!!


I cannot testify about the other service members, but I can tell you that the men and women stationed in the Persian Gulf on ships are on the pointy end of the spear!  They operate at Condition Two most of the time.  That is one step below General Quarters!!  Guns manned, all sensors at full alert, and each system maintained in a full up condition.  When something is degraded or malfunctions, sailors and civilian technical representatives work around the clock to restore that system to full operation.  Stress is an understatement!  There is no schedule of what is going to happen.  Jets, streak the ships from potential hostile nations, trying to provoke a response they can use against us.  Fire Control Radars from hostile ships and aircraft are radiated on our ships to again, provoke a response.  And then there is the constant threat of Iran mining the Straight of Hormuz!  Trust me, the men and women o the ships of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard are under the gun, 24/7/365.  Little rest, no liberty ports except Bahrain, standing port and starboard watches , 6 hours on and 6 hours off, and then doing maintenance on their systems, cleaning the ships living spaces, and trying to get in a meal.

But, to save $7.50 per day, per person, the President, who hold the U.S. Military in disdain, has ordered this pay be done away with.  This is another attack on the Men and Women of the U.S. Military!

We are living in sad times!!

It's cold outside!

There are Navy colloquialisms that relate to almost every situation.  But the cold weather brings back one many folks use and few understand.  I know you have heard; "It's cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey!"  Most folks thing that means it is so coal a male monkey could loose his testicles.  But nothing could be further from the truth.

In the days of sailing ships and muzzle loaded cannons,  cannon balls were stored close to the cannon.  Naturally,  the ship moved in the water and the deck pitched to and fro.  To keep the round cannon balls from rolling all over the place, a Brass Ring was used to contain the cannon balls.  Since brass is effected differently than steel, in the freezing weather, the brass ring, called a "Brass Monkey" would contract, squeezing the steel cannon balls, causing them to fall from their stack and roll around the deck!

And Sunday, a couple of NFL Play Off games will have the experience of being it being cold enough "to freeze the balls off a Brass Monkey".

Now you know!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Engineering Duty Officer Community

I realize that I have been somewhat harsh in my comments about the Engineering Duty Officer Community.  I have received some very informative replies about the purpose and professionalism of this community.  There are different ED communities.  For instance, I know that there is a Aviation ED community and a Diver ED community.  There are also Weapons specialists and Propulsion specialists.   So, none of this was news to me, since I have know individuals in each of these communities.

I also know, from personal experience, that there are dedicated, well educated, professional, individuals in each of these communities.  But, the fact remains that the dedicated, loyal, "I want to make the Navy better" freshly minted O-3 is quickly tainted by the politics of the ED Mafia that is in the O-5 and above club.  I have seen this happen too many times.  And no, I will not provide names, but I could.

As a ship riding, combat experienced, Surface Warfare qualified, Master Chief, I always find it curious that an Officer would not aspire to Command a ship, submarine, or Aviation Squadron.   It seems to me, and I may be wrong, that the ED comment is an easier path to O-5 and O-6.  There is much less stress, responsibility, and danger, in the ED community that in the Line community.  The Commanding Officer of an operational unit spends his or her entire career being under the microscope, dealing with every personal issue, equipment failure, inspection, and operational commitment.

And yes, I do know ED's go to sea as Chief Engineers, Combat Systems Officers, and Aviation Maintenance Officers.  But those billets are few and far between.   Furthermore, the Chief Engineer billets ED's serve in can in some cases, be filled by LDO's!  Another area where we have too many people and communities for the force strength!

Also, the ED community, above the O-4 level is primarily shore based.  My view is, sailors belong on ships!    Do you know we have more Admirals, O-7 and above, than we had during World War two, with a fleet that is 10% the size!!  Many of these Admirals are in non-sea going communities!  Another reason the budget is so bloated!

Lastly, with senior officers, the propensity is to have the new officer taking the position trying to invent a new product, process, or procedure, to show they made a difference for their Fit Rep!   We have spent Billions of Dollars on schemes that went nowhere and did nothing!  TQL is one of these debacles!  But, some Admiral read the book and went off on a tangent.

Should Officers have secondary qualifications that they use ashore?  Yes.  Should all Officers and Enlisted personnel go to sea MORE than they stay ashore?  YES!! That way, their fleet experience will be fresh and their decisions will be related to making the fleet better, not polishing their opportunities for advancement.

One last thing.  I know personally, the ED Admiral that pushed the electric drive.  He wanted electric drive on the Burke class and lost.  He won on the DDG 1000 class.  Hs son was the MPA on a ship I was on.  That Admiral had not been to sea since Moby Dick was a minnow!   There in lies the problem!