"What Shall It Profit a Man?"
(See K. Eyer, pp. 42-45, May 2003 Proceedings)
Storekeeper second Class Kenneth G. Hagner, U.S. Naval Reserve—Hats off to Commander Eyer. He has given voice to many of the same observations I have had over the years. As he states, naval officers (and petty officers as well) have a responsibility to look after their people, but not at the expense of readiness.
This also applies to evaluations and fitness reporting. I have been witness to so-so sailors getting top evals although they were lacking in true leadership qualities. When discussing this with others I have been told things such as, "Well, he is high-year-tenured and we don't want him to leave the Navy," or "Well, he needs to make chief." Since when is every E-6 destined for chief or a commissioning program?