"I always wanted to serve my country. After four years as a midshipman, was excited about my naval career. My idealism may have been naive, but it was heartfelt. Unfortunately, my experiences in the Navy have left me disillusioned: they have replaced idealism and trust with skepticism and cynicism. Longer deployments, more time away from my family, inspections ad nauseam, lack of parts and equipment, and increased operational tempo are the future I see, rather than command or opportunity.
"Instead of using my skills, the Navy shoehorns me into jobs for which I am not suited, in the interest of "broadening" my career. Maybe there is a chance to change the Navy, to regain some of the mission, idealism, and excitement, but from a junior officer's view, it doesn't look like things are going to change, and the frustration just is not worth the effort. "