Regarding the future of maritime forces, most midshipmen lack sufficient operational experience to envision what those forces should look like. For the vast majority, their only fleet experience is a one-month summer cruise—enough time to get a quick taste of their future careers, but not enough to understand all aspects of fleet life. Midshipmen’s main objective, however, is not to become experts on naval life or global affairs. While those matters are important and should be studied, their primary focus must be how to develop themselves as leaders. When searching for a role model of great naval leadership, midshipmen can see an excellent example in Admiral Horatio Nelson.
Reevaluate How Trust Is Taught to Midshipmen
By Midshipman First Class Matthew Martin, U.S. Navy