Morale is low in naval aviation. The basic reason for this is the broken tool we use to select and promote our leadership—the fitness report.
Many naval aviators write their own fitness reports. They do not submit bulletized summaries of their accomplishments over the reporting period; in fact, they write the entire evaluation. Many commanding officers simply gather key members of the command to adjust comparative numerical ranking and polish the text. “No one reads the words on the back anyway—right?”