The greatest threat to our Navy does not come from the Russians, the Iranians, or the Chinese. It comes from our own ranks. We weaken the world’s strongest Navy by promoting the wrong people, a direct result of a misguided evaluation system. But we can change that.
• First, one bullet in an evaluation must focus on a sailor’s weaknesses.
“Eval inflation” is what happens when Navy leaders rate all their sailors as superstars because it makes the leaders look good and costs nothing. Not all sailors are superstars, but you would not know it by looking at the average Block 43—Comments on Performance.