"I always wanted to serve my country. After four years as a midshipman, was excited about my naval career. My idealism may have been naive, but it was heartfelt. Unfortunately, my experiences in the Navy have left me disillusioned: they have replaced idealism and trust with skepticism and cynicism. Longer deployments, more time away from my family, inspections ad nauseam, lack of parts and equipment, and increased operational tempo are the future I see, rather than command or opportunity.