No one argues that the Navy should not do everything possible to keep its topper-forming sailors. But what do we do about our less-effective sailors, especially those with long-standing emotional and behavioral problems that interfere with their work? In recognition of the burden troubled sailors sometimes can be for commands, a common way of handling these cases in the recent past was to separate such sailors administratively for personality disorders. While the administrative discharge option still exists, with today's focus on improving retention and reducing attrition, leaders are looking for practical ways to keep troubled sailors on the job.
Take the Tough Cases to Sea
By Lieutenant Commander David E. Jones and Commander John J. Lee, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy