Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Submariners vs. Subprime Promoters: Who Are Fit for "Red Stapler Assignments"?

The Navy's treatment of COs in moving accidents has been legendary (well-known to all prospective commanding officers beforehand) and sensible (not so harsh as to deter competent applicants for command). We can also have good faith that when the Navy relieves COs it fits the actual facts and circumstances (few will ever be privy to detailed facts and circumstances of every case, however).

That said, those relieved can often be good family men with exceptional prospects for salvageable civilian lives. I have trouble conferring greater reliance on any career congressman than on career naval officers, or as in this case, even relieved naval officers.

Rather than dwell on some lifelong blindspot that finally caught up with these ex-COs, or some ill-preparedness for predictable misfortunes, we should credit the men with having served their country's military longer even than most USNA grads do these days. [Do not know for sure that this one is or is not a graduate of our taxpayer-funded USNA].

The mistakes COs can make are on an order of magnitude commensurate with their ranks and assignments. Before invoking harsh criticisms on fellow veterans, perhaps we should first contrast the effective end of their naval careers to the much greater mistakes (e.g. subprime mortgage promotion) made by sitting members of our government, still in Congress, who never served in the military.

Submarines are always silent and strange.



At 15 April, 2009 16:39, Blogger Ken Adams said...

Not USNA - NROTC from Iowa State, class of 1989. His bio page from the boat's web site is not currently available, but Google has it cached.

At 15 April, 2009 18:22, Blogger Vigilis said...

Right you are, Ken. Thank you.


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