Then on the other hand, maybe this will all work out in the end. One of two things are going to happen here, the Navy is going to implement the change regardless of what the rank and file feel, or they will scrap the idea and keep doing what they have been doing for a hundred years and keep the status quo. OR, third option, make some changes that will do some good. Make it easier for our sailors to cross rate by eliminating some of the red tape.
I guess we wait and see. This change will take some time anyway. I predict two to three years to fully make the switch...if they do it at all or modify it.
when I get home and can get the OK, I'll post a counterpoint from a Navy Chief I know currently teaching in Rhode Island
Posted by a friend of mine- Navy Chief currently stationed in Rhode Island:
So, all this talk and outrage over the change to our Navy got me thinking about my own career. I posted the following in a private forum, but I feel it's worth sharing publicly:
***In all fairness, I like the concept of a Sailor being able to learn new jobs, skills and gain different abilities throughout their career.
I look back over my own career as a pretty decent example:
Always either in a repair locker, on DCTT, in-port emergency team, locker leader.... that's not MC related, but it sure was fun, and I learned a lot.
Standing security watches - pier sentry, gate guard, shore patrol -- that's not MC related, but some of the stuff I've seen in those watches are the best stories I have.
Working TAD in Supply - even as a Chief - was one of my best times in the Navy. I worked with Sailors from every rate on the ship. I learned the ins and outs of major Supply Dept evolutions, all the safety and inspection programs...
Then I drove a carrier for a couple of years, learning the radar systems, qualifying for navigation and deck evolutions, flight operations, aft steering watches, helm safety and Conn during UNREP... some of the most exciting times in my career.
And I still did some really cool MC shit too.
But imagine a Sailor getting to experience these and more opportunities in ways that equate to actual certifications in the real world... I think that's pretty cool.***
This is not going over well in the Fleet - at least with the enlisted sailors. They all know that the real reason was to eliminate the "-man" from the Navy. My son tells me that they all think that the whole idea is "utter bull[feces]". The poll that I saw has it 92 - 8 opposed.
He informed me that he is a corpsman (FMF), and that his Marines may address him as that or Doc. That he is a Petty Officer (2nd class) is only incidental. The sailors are tremendously proud of their ratings - they worked hard to learn and perfect their specialties, and now the brass wants to yank that away.
Cross rating has always been possible in the Navy. Nothing has changed. Political Correctness has finally won, that's all. How does this enhance esprit de corps? It doesn't, that's how.
As far as appealing to POTUS is concerned, forget it. The current occupant has no idea about how hard these sailors work, about how little pay they receive, or about how proud they are of their ratings.
I understand that the thoughts and concerns of the enlisted [not] rates don't matter, but this is the proverbial fart in church. What were they thinking?
Proud father of an L500 (FMF)
I do not yet fully understand the changes that the Navy wants to implement, so I can't offer a fully informed opinion. I have no problem with an easier ability to cross-rate. I tend to lean on tradition. If it is about semantics.....then I think it is bull! My daughter bore her title proudly....as did all of her shipmates! Every Sailor has a base skill to start with. Anything that makes them more well rounded is a good thing. Why reinvent the wheel? The ASVAB simply measures inherent abilities within certain fields....so I don't see that being affected in any way.
Change is hard. Small or large, it's hard. Traditions change all the time. Without some change, things get stale and old. I never thought I'd see the day when there would be no more Labor Day Telethon. No more "Jerry's Kids." But life went on.
My son was an AWO2. Air Warfare Operator. Petty Officer 2nd class. If he were still in the Navy, he would simply be a Petty Officer 2nd class, and he is qualified to do this job, this job and that job. Be sure to read up above what Paul posted from his friend who is a Navy Chief. I think it speaks volumes. It's obvious that our sailors at times wear many different hats. These changes are going to allow this new generation of sailors to transition into civilian life a lot easier and more and more opportunities for them. Today's sailor will be the ones that will be the business people of the future.
I don't see that current sailors will have their rating stripped away.
When my son took his ASVAB test, he was given a pretty large list of the types of things he was qualified to do. He could only pick one, then pick the alternatives. But now, they can pick many over the course of their Naval career.
I believe that this will lead to a lot more sailors re-enlisting when the time comes. Too many serve their 4 and go.
At any rate...let's give this a chance.
In Keeping with the Highest Traditions read this: https://blog.usni.org/2016/10/02/in-keeping-with-the-highest-tradit...
Just to be clear....I'm not defending what the Navy has decided to do...I am saying that this may give them far more flexibility in moving personnel around and responding to external needs.
and if I remember, many said the world was coming to an end when women were allowed on combat ships...I'm sure Tom agrees that, as fathers of Navy veteran daughters, we're darn proud of the service our girls performed!
Well said John....it's an emotional change and will be discussed for a long long time! When it comes down to it, our sailors are professionals and will respond to what ever change is made with the same professionalism as they always do!