New Guy 101: Your First Tour of Duty
Lieutenant Commander Fred W. Kacher, U.S. Navy
As migratory as the private sector has become, few professions outside the military average ten or more new starts in a 20-year period. Service members play the role of new guy more times than we care to remember. (In today's Navy, new guy refers to both men and women.) Nearly every wardroom, chief's mess, and division has stories or traditions that focus on the new arrivals to the command. Over the past decade, the Navy has emphasized that the new guy is not someone to nickname or needle, but a new teammate to lead. Mentor programs, well-orchestrated check-in procedures, and strong training systems have been designed to help arrivals new to commands.