View Full Version : 7 changes wanted by Sailors

09-13-2015, 08:01 PM
This will be a short(er) reprise from the Navy Times, with the article listed below. For the AF posters, it seems that the USN in not adverse to 'doing bake sales', now, as number 5 shows.

This is a list of suggestions from Sailors to the new CNO ADM John Richardson:

1. Better boots

Sailors have repeatedly griped about the steel-toed 9-inch boots worn with the blue-and-gray Navy working uniform, as well as old-fashioned boondockers typically worn with coveralls. These footwear are designed to protect your feet from falling tools and red-hot decks, but sailors say they're just plain uncomfortable.

2. Ditch the NWU

Blue cammies remain a love-it or leave-it item. Once designed to be the fleet's mainstay uniform, worn ashore and at sea, some sailors called it uncomfortable and a break from tradition. There's also the problem that, due to a susceptibility of melting in a fire, the Navy working uniform is no longer worn at sea.

3. More re-up bonuses

Nukes and SEALs typically hit the jackpot when they re-enlist. Meanwhile gunner's mates, masters-at-arms and many other ratings don't get zilch. As the economy improves, that's gotta change, sailors say.

4. Bring back beards

If the Navy were to allow beards, it would be the only U.S. military service to do so. In the early 1970s, legendary CNO Adm. Elmo Zumwalt opened the floodgates for sailor beards, a decision that was walked back by subsequent service chiefs. By the end of 1984, then-CNO Adm. James Watkins put the kibosh on beards once and for all. (No-shave chits are typically OK'd for sailors whose faces break out after shaving, and they're also a morale boost on deployments.)

5. Promote better leadership

Sailors frequently complain that too many are getting promoted for their volunteer work, rather than their technical expertise.

6. Don't punish mistakes

A common complaint among the officer corps is that the Navy is perpetuating a zero-defect culture, one where a single serious mistake ends your career.

The negative effects of the so-called zero-defect culture in the Navy was one of the main contentions of a paper published in 2014 by Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass, an aviator currently stationed in Japan, who said it was a main factor in a coming retention crisis facing the aviation community specifically, and the Navy generally.

7. Improve IT systems

Sailors depend on computer access for everything from maintenance to training and all sides agree that the IT system and computers used to access it are outdated and burdensome.