Nearly ten years ago, in a Proceedings article entitled "Let's Fix SWOS for Good," I advocated a series of course corrections to improve the quality of both product and experience at the Surface Warfare Officer School Division Officer Course (SWOS-DOC) at Newport, Rhode Island. As an executive officer, I was concerned with the relatively poor level of preparation of newly commissioned ensigns and had gained an appreciation for their frustration at being compelled to sit through a program that was probably about eight weeks of administrative information compressed into six months.
Building the Next Nelson
Newly minted ensigns need more than just computer-based training as they join the Fleet.
By Captain Stephen F. Davis Jr., U.S. Navy