Enlisted professionals want to engage in the important discussions taking place about the military. They are educated, informed, and prepared to contribute materially to those debates. The Naval Institute provides a perfect venue for their engagement and should actively pursue their contributions.
Naval Institute CEO retired Vice Admiral Peter Daly wrote in his January column, “[there] has never been a better or more important time to be a member of the Institute.” That is as true on the deckplates as it is in the wardroom as we confront the “[big] decisions affecting the future” of the Sea Services to which Admiral Daly alluded. Moreover, the link between Proceedings’ education focus this month and Institute membership should not be overlooked.
The myriad opinions and often spirited debates shared in several Institute venues contribute to the educational development of all readers. The challenge to “read, think, speak, and write” provides an opportunity to increase one’s knowledge and often enhances others’ understanding of important topics. We should encourage and facilitate enlisted participation in these pursuits.