"Baghdad: Help Wanted" (See R. Wray, pp. 45-47, January 2005 Proceedings)
Lieutenant Michael L. Farmer, U.S. Navy-Captain Wray has answered a question I have been wondering about for a couple of months now: Does the Navy staff billets in Iraq?
At the end of the fiscal year I will graduate from the Naval Postgraduate School, with a master's degree in national security affairs with an emphasis in Middle Eastern regional studies. Because I am a helicopter pilot, I am scheduled to return to sea for a disassociated sea tour. All well and good. Except that I volunteered to be put to work in Iraq, to use this education the Navy has paid for. I was told the gmare were no jobs available for me. What I wonder is: Is the Navy sacrificing its obligations in Iraq simply to maintain its preferred career track for officers? What is more important, that an officer fill a billet on a ship or fill these empty billets in Iraq? I don't have an answer, but I bet someone reading this magazine does.