We often hear about "the strength of the command master chief program," as Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead was quoted in Navy Times on 14 June 2010. But the statement lacks credibility because it never presents examples to support the argument. Many wish to believe it a success, but there is no evidence that the program has improved anything in any tangible way.
Even if we assume the program is successful, the Navy has a significant leadership crisis, with the service's leaders struggling to right the course. A rash of commanding officers being relieved for cause has created consternation, and everyone wants answers. Why are so many leaders failing? How do we fix it?
Military leaders are accountable for their own failures and responsible for everything within their command. We're accustomed to firings when a commander could not have directly influenced a situation, but many recent firings are harder to accept because they involved deliberate actions and personal choices.