Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sailor power

How great is it that every Sailor has the power to change the direction of the Navy?

Check out the Chief of Naval Operations' Rapid Innovation Cell (CRIC) on FaceBook HERE.


Anonymous said...

Are you referring to the US sailors that rape and pillage in Japan and Korea and the Middle East and change our policy for how we treat our own over there every time they go out into the supine defenseless population and commit murder and mayhem?

Is all that, "every sailor can change our policy" the kind of thing that we're looking for in a navy?

I was instantly sick of being treated with the same foul brush as our lowest denominator sailor by commanders who felt powerless to do anything but treat all of us like dogs because of the behavior of less than 1%.

Maybe we should keep policy changes at the NCA level with some meaningful input by sailors who have reached the peak of the profession of naval warfare. And if you think I'm including MCPO, you'd be very wrong. When they command Battle Groups, it might be different but until then, they have not reached the peak of the profession of naval arms.

Jim said...

A U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer is far closer to the peak of the profession of naval arms than a bitter and anonymous blog troll.

The sad part is, there is a valid argument to be made here, but someone is obviously too filled with resentment to see through it to make the argument effectively, and to do so under their own name. That's unfortunate.

Anonymous said...

Remind me again Senior Chief when we started attacking any critique with ad hominem attacks and just ignored the entire critique.

It might be right here Mike that I started to get a little angry and perhaps that was reflected in my comments elsewhere.

James L. Hammersla said...

A reality of the military today is that every individual has the ability to change the direction of the service and impact policy (for good or for ill).

Going back to my days in the Marine Corps, I remember the Three Block War and the concept of the “Strategic Corporal” – essentially that in the small conflict model, the fire team leader – a Corporal (E-4) would be making significant decisions with potential impact beyond the tactical level and into the operational and strategic levels.

In our modern world with networked technologies, social media and ever flattening command structures new doctrine and training regimens are required to better prepare the individual Soldier, Sailor etc. for the potential strategic impact of their action on the battlefield or on liberty. The good side to this is the capability of a good idea (either procedural or policy) to not be instantly filtered because of lack of rank. The down-side is that things that 20, 30, 40+ years ago would not have been headline news now are transmitted around in seconds. It is not fun to have privileges curtailed because of the poor action of someone else, but it is a reality of the socio-political environment we serve in today.