Second Honorable, Arleigh Burke Essay Contest
To man its complex and sophisticated weapon systems, the Navy needs officers with a high level of technical expertise. But if it wants to keep those officers, the service needs to do a better job of providing a broader professional military education to younger officers.
The U.S. Navy's current crisis in junior officer retention is being addressed through short-term fixes. Leaders point to the strong economy or a high operational tempo as the root of the problem and have offered mainly economic solutions, such as special bonuses, better retirement packages, or quality-of-life improvements for officers and their families.