No one said taking command early was easy. Lieutenant commanders, however, contemplating whether to become executive officers of larger ships or commanding officers of smaller vessels—like this mine countermeasures ship—should not dismiss the benefits of choosing the captain's chair.
A question both pondered and outwardly asked by most surface warfare junior officers is: "Should I pursue the opportunity for command at sea as a lieutenant commander, or become an executive officer of a much larger ship?" What is the right answer? Having crossed this bridge recently with a cruiser-destroyer background, I offer some considerations for post-department head officers that may help them make their decisions.
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