The current career path for nuclear-trained surface warfare officers—or SWO(N)s—provides insufficient experience to produce the highest level of technical competency for reactor officers and for surface combatant commanding officers. The careers for reactor officers and SWOs must be independent of each other and tailored toward relevant experience. Officers already are more generalists than the enlisted sailors we lead, and mixing these two largely disassociated careers unnecessarily introduces more generalization when specialization and superior technical competency is required.
Master of None: The Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer Career Path Must Change
By Commander Matthew Phillips, U.S. Navy