Drawdown or right-sizing-no matter which term you prefer, the result is the same. 'Today, there are not enough sailors to man our ships at sea. Competition for top enlistees among the armed services is more heated than ever for a dwindling number of qualified 17-- to 22-year-old prospects. Our Navy's latest attempt to patch the open wound called "recruiting" is to introduce sacrificial third-class petty officers into the melee. As I learned on a three-year recruiting tour. more is not necessarily better. For three years I watched (usually with unsympathetic glee) as our Army brethren beat the streets en masse, more often than not competing with one another instead of rival services. The Army recruiting philosophy discouraged teamwork, destroyed esprit de corps, and drove young people toward the other services, or-worse-- away from the military altogether.
Nobody Asked Me, But ... Remind Them: It's More Than Just a Job
By Senior Chief Electronics Warfare Technician Robert S. Lanham, U.S. Navy