(See K. Eyer, p. 16, June 2016 Proceedings)
Frank Morgan—I served as a nuclear submarine officer in the late 1960s. I still associate with a lot of other ex-submariners, and we have contact at least annually with a sample of current active-duty submariners, both officer and enlisted.
We believe that the submarine force has now joined the rest of the Navy as a Petri dish for social experiments by a group of civilians in the current administration and Congress. These people either do not know or do not care that the purpose of the armed forces is to deter war and win them if that fails; all they care about is implementing their ideology.
Consequently, we have been hoping for a long time that someone in the flag ranks would finally have the courage to say NO, or, as you phrased it, put their stars on the table. I don’t know if that would have any real effect, but it would certainly be refreshing, and worthy of our respect.