The last 20 years have seen a dramatic shift in the mentality of the Sailors in the U.S. Navy. They are smarter and more focused on their future. While they still joined the Navy to see the world, they are generally more attached to home and less attached to their shipmates than in days past. While this shift is attributable to many different components, the effect of advances in portable electronic equipment and Internet communications is significant. While this is neither good nor bad, it is different, and as leaders, we must recogniz the difference and capitalize on the advantages while mitigating the disadvantages.
Nobody Asked Me, But We Must Reconnect with Our Sailors
By Commander Michael McCartney, U.S. Navy