When will someone in Navy leadership wake up and get to the root of our problems? It seems as though the ones who “get it” are silent while the ones who perpetuate the problems hold a bully’s pulpit. It’s easier to sit idly by and watch the Navy deteriorate than it is to rock the boat, but it remains the job of Navy chief petty officers to raise the Bravo Sierra (read: BS!) flag when they see things going wrong. Today those who truly care are largely silent or are shut down by so-called leaders blinded by political correctness and upward mobility.
This frustration is born of years of slow but steady decline in common sense, logic, and leadership. The symptoms of this epidemic are reflected in a recently announced Fleet Forces Command (FFC) chief petty officer leadership program described by Mark Faram in an 18 July 2011 Navy Times article titled “Training Program Aims to Re-Energize Chiefs, One Command at a Time.”