Navy Selected Reserve (SelRes) pay problems are not new. In fact, they are so common a culture exists in which pay problems are expected, with final resolution not only elusive, but often impossible. This is not an acceptable consequence of service in the Navy Reserve. One of many famous Navy quotes is “Don’t give up the ship.” How is it that sailors so frequently give up on resolving pay issues?
If a sailor is overpaid, the government comes with a vengeance, even in the form of nonjudicial punishment at times. But when a sailor is underpaid, it becomes his or her responsibility to resolve. And the system to resolve this issue is anything but efficient. The Navy should not perpetuate a system in which sailors give up trying to resolve pay issues. What a tragic leadership failure to allow a culture in which pay, the most basic human resource issue, must be fought for with such intensity and lack of success that giving up becomes sailors’ option of choice.