I am tired of seeing great sailors leave the Navy because of preventable and unfair "people" issues.
I have a warrant officer who is the best I have seen. He hasn't been on board long, but he is an impact player who has done wonders in my maintenance department. He came to me today with his letter of resignation. He is resigning neither because he dislikes the Navy, nor because he is dissatisfied with the job—but because he fears that he will not be promoted and because there is virtually no shore duty for warrant officers.
It is a travesty that we have dedicated and talented people—in this case one who has given 24 years to his Navy and his country—and the best the detailer can tell them is "We've got another squadron for you." Not only do master chiefs make more money than he does, but if he were a master chief he could stay to 30 years of service and beyond. Also, as a master chief, he would have some shore duty pending.