Buy in to the Navy’s Culture and Values
U.S. NAVY (Abe McNatt)
After the chief results came out this past August and my name was not on the list, I sat alone in my dimly lit living room, head in my hands, troubled at the direction of my career. I asked myself, “Am I good enough?” Perhaps I needed to reinvent myself to get to the next level. For guidance, I reached out to a couple of former chiefs.
They reminded me that good sailors adhere to the Navy’s culture. Chiefs in particular are the stalwart enforcers of Navy Regulations and constant reminders of our traditions. No one is perfect, but chiefs must embody and uphold Navy values. They are symbols of enlisted excellence that junior sailors should strive to be. After listening to those chiefs, I saw a clear path in front of me. It was time to fully buy into the Navy’s culture and traditions.