Sailors assigned to ships work twice as many hours as most servicemen. Navy ships make routine six-month deployments. Even during their time at home, sailors must operate mess halls, provide 24-hour security, keep everything "ship shape," and still train at sea. This disrupts family life and prevents sailors from taking college classes or working part-time civilian jobs. The space used by a small two person commercial cruise ship cabin could house nine sailors, and everything they own must be crammed into that same space. When ships return from deployment, the Navy does not provide quarters on shore for unmarried sailors below E-6, so they continue to live packed on board ship. All sailors deserve sea pay for these hardships.
Boost Sea Pay for Enlisted Sailors
By Captain Carlton W. Meyer, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)