Having a solid chief petty officers (CPOs) mess is the difference between a good ship and a great ship. As an entity in a ship's company, the chiefs tend to run to extremes. They seem either to be running the ship or holing up in the mess and griping.
The CPOs mess can come together easier than the wardroom, where there are great differences in age and experience. The chiefs are a much more homogenous team in terms of accomplishment as well as experience. Yet that team of mature professionals can be less than the sum of its parts if not treated with respect and challenged by high expectations.