Donaldson fears that the Navy will lose many excellent sailors because selection-board members do not—or cannot—implement a change in organizational philosophy. He feels that the board should—as directed—begin to disengage from the philosophy of "perfection" in evaluating officers' records.
I have been both inside and outside the selection-board process for 24 years. I have been a detailer, board member, nervous "in-zone" participant, and a commanding officer. If I have not acquired a corporate long view by now, I never will. My faith in the system remains strong. What I read, however, in the guidance to the captain's (O-6) board in early 1999 seemed to be totally inconsistent with the non-selection of my top sailor for an officer program earlier last year. I realize that it is unfair to judge the entire board process from one data point, but I fear that we will lose many excellent sailors because board members do not—or cannot—implement a change in organizational philosophy.