You are commanding a warship in a combat zone and responsible for the lives of 300 crewmembers and millions of dollars' worth of equipment. While executing a sensitive high-priority mission, you find yourself alone and under attack by an enemy ship commanded by a obviously wily, well-trained naval officer. Which would you rather have: more experience in the combat information center (CIC) and expert knowledge of your ship's combat system, or the ability to draw the distilling cycle of your ship's evaporator system from memory?
SWOs Should Be Specialists, Not Generalists
By Lieutenant Commander Michael L. Crockett, U.S. Navy