Change the SWO Training Pipeline
By Lieutenant (j.g.) Joseph Abdullah, U.S. Navy
The surface-warfare insignia should represent surface-combatant warfighting, not division-officer functionality. Well before they report to their first operational squadron and are given a division to supervise, naval aviators must complete a rugged training curriculum to earn their wings. Nobody would argue that an aviator in training should run a division while in flight school, but this is what the surface community does with junior surface-warfare officers (SWOs) in training. Just because it has been this way for years—it is traditional—does not mean it is the best way.