Whenever sailors are asked their rate, we proudly announce it and typically include why it is better than the rest. We spend countless hours training and drilling on how to do our jobs properly and safely. Procedural compliance is of the utmost importance in ensuring sailor and equipment safety. There is a culture of fear growing within our ranks, however, that promises to undermine all that we have accomplished and puts future generations at risk. This fear has grown from watching successful sailors who have achieved great feats in their careers punished for misunderstanding a maintenance or procedure required and thus not executing it according to procedural compliance.
You may wonder how an experienced sailor could make such a mistake. The answer is simple: too many instructions coming from too many directions and not all in agreement. Before delving into drilling guides or maintenance requirements, look at how we track a sailor’s career. We have quite a few administrative programs in which to load information to provide the snapshots necessary to know a sailor’s progress.