The debate rages on over recruitment and retention. It seems like the Navy's primary focus these days is on how much money, or how much time in port, or how much education it has to give its sailors for the honor of their presence. These are important considerations in a red-hot economy, but they beg the question: Does the Navy want people, especially officers, who view the service as a job rather than a way of life? If the latter, how can the Navy breed a sense of purpose, historical awareness, and appreciation for the service's significance, both past and present?
Officers come into the Navy through many programs and with a variety of life experiences. Some know much about the Navy and some do not know a ship's bow from the stem. Some enter thinking that because they want to be aviators, they have no need to know about submarines, or because they want to be SEALs, they do not need to understand the capabilities of Aegis destroyers.