My shipmates from the U.S. Naval Academy class of 2018 are starting to hit the fleet. The SWOs have completed Basic Division Officers Course and maybe even a deployment. Aviators are in the middle of flight school, about to learn their platform assignments. Submariners are in the middle of their studies in Charleston, and most of the Marines have completed their toils in Quantico. Yet they arrived at these places having learned next to nothing about modern naval warfare from their Naval Academy educations.
Warfighting First? Not So Much.
The Naval Academy is a great college, but it doesn't prepare future warfighters for their professional responsibilities.
By Ensign Michael McKinney, U.S. Navy