“You want to do what?!? No one wants to go SWO [surface warfare officer]. I promise, you’ll either change your mind or only do SWO as a last resort.” I still distinctly remember this reaction from a first-class midshipman during my Plebe Summer at the U.S. Naval Academy. Unfortunately, this perception was not held solely by one cynical midshipman; rather, it is something I have heard frequently from other midshipmen, sailors, and officers. But this sentiment has become more of a self-fulfilling stereotype than an actual reality.
Nobody Asked Me, But . . . - Why I Chose Surface Warfare
By Ensign James Thomas, U.S. Navy