Today's social dynamic and the attendant pressures on our military customs and traditions easily can steal center stage from the more wholesome aspects of time-honored rites of passage. Last September's Navy-wide Chiefs Initiation and Ceremony offers an interesting case in point. The ceremony—unique to the Navy—has special significance beyond just donning khakis and fouled anchors. The newest echelon of chief petty officers is charged with providing the vital leadership connection between officers and enlisted.
Nobody Asked Me But…"The Crops Can Wait for This"
By Commander E. R. Rosenlof, U.S. Navy