The U.S. Navy must end the practice of awarding the enlisted submarine qualification insignia—the silver dolphins—to non-enlisted personnel: specifically, Naval Academy and NROTC midshipmen.
The awarding of silver dolphins is to acknowledge superior shipboard knowledge and excellence in performance of duties, and is one's sign of acceptance by shipmates as a worthy addition to the crew. It is little surprise that many midshipmen strive to obtain this award during summer cruise, even though—at least at the Naval Academy—they are told that their goal is to maximize learning, not to earn enlisted qualification badges.
Submarine commanders learned early that all crew members need to merge into the unit and contribute to its cohesiveness. No matter how well a sailor assigned to a submarine crew operated and maintained his gear, he didn't last long if he was not committed fully to the boat. A non-contributor was a threat to the performance and morale of the boat. More than most other military units, submarines require a high degree of esprit de corps. This is the primary reason that sailors volunteer for the Silent Service.