We have entered a critical phase for officer retention, especially in naval aviation. Our junior officers and post-department head lieutenant commanders are leaving the Navy at an alarming rate. Many of our post command officers—the future leaders of the Navy—have joined the exodus as well.
This is not another letter from two disgruntled naval aviators. This is an offer from mid-grade officers to help solve current problems and improve the quality of life in the Navy today. We are your future commanding officers. We, like those who came before us, serve proudly. But we see a significant need for change. Is midgrade leadership worth listening to? We think so. The principles of total quality leadership demand it.