To improve readiness at the tip of the spear, the Navy should match the rotation dates of critical war fighters to the interdeployment training cycle and build career paths that value the sea/shore relationship.
A battle group sails from its home port to open seas and six months of forward presence. It will become part of a fast-paced world of high-pressure, high-tempo military operations that could include armed conflict. A huge investment in time and money has been made to prepare the sailors and Marines of the battle group for deployment.
Yet, the personnel heading over the horizon are not the same ones who have been trained. Many of those individuals are now in shore billets, at recruiting stations, or even back home in the civilian sector. Meanwhile, a significant number of those sailing as the vanguard of U.S. military presence have just come from Pentagon desk jobs, shore administrative positions, or even boot camp. They have had little or no time to train or prepare for the mission that awaits them. Is this some aberration of how the Navy trains its forces for deployment? No, it's business as usual.