Several salvos (in written format) have been fired at the Surface Warfare Division Officer Course (SWOSDOC) within the past several months. They claim there is a lack of focus, lack of relevance, and a failure to prepare prospective surface warriors for fleet duty. To those conducting this written bombardment, I say, "Cease fire!" Having taught at SWOSDOC in Newport, Rhode Island, for more than two years, and having just received my graduate degree in education, I have experienced the heated debates and strategies that go into the education and training of our surface navy. No matter which camp you occupy, it is important to realize that a surface warfare officer's education and training do not end upon completion of SWOSDOC. Many in the surface community believe that a new ensign should report on board ship with honed leadership traits, expert combat and shiphandling skills, and a full understanding of fleet tactics. SWOSDOC is not the end—it is just the beginning.
Nobody Asked Me But…Cease Fire on SWOS!
By Lieutenant Michael W. Little, U.S. Navy