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The Low-Water Mark

This post originally appeared on the USNI Blog here. I was doing pretty well. Doing my goat yoga. Thinking positively about our culture. Seeing an upward trend. New CNO. New outlook on life. Future so bright I had to wear shades . . . that sorta thing. Then I read that the Navy is convening a Board… Keep Reading

Posted on in Haterade

Definitely Do NOT #BoycottBates!

This post originally appeared on the USNI Blog here. Millennials in the Navy really are needy. They want their spouses to be able to pursue their own career. They complain about having to go into debt to cover bills while their pay is delayed for months on end (start a Gofundme, snowflake!). They expect their shoes to not explode.… Keep Reading

Posted on in Voices from the Fleet

A Breach of Faith: The Navy Must Fix the Way it Pays Mobilizing Reservists

This article is written by guest author Lieutenant Blake Herzinger, and originally appeared on CDR Salamander’s blog here. The US Navy Reserve is failing its deploying Sailors by sending them forward into harm’s way with administrative burdens that damage financial standing, negatively impact their families at home, and detract from readiness. These problems begin at… Keep Reading

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The Internet Lied to Me

Totally unfair. I was duped. Bamboozled. Hoodwinked. I’d been had. Last week, I read an article on Task & Purpose that describe a policy change by the United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) that would impact U.S. servicemembers serving overseas. According to the article, which included a direct quote from the USCIS spokesperson, children… Keep Reading

Posted on in Life Hacks/Navy Stuff

The Navy Email User’s Guide

This post originally appeared on the USNI Blog here. Email is great. I love it so much! It has everything . . . laughter, tears, blinding rage, mind-numbing boredom, utter confusion . . . everything! You can spend all day reading and writing emails, then when you come back in the morning, you have a… Keep Reading

Posted on in Leadership/Rants

Let Them Keep Their Participation Trophies!

This post first appeared on the USNI Blog here. Dear Mr. President, I am writing to request that you let the JAG Corps officers who prosecuted Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher keep the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (NAM) that you so uncharitably stripped from them last week. True, they didn’t technically “earn” those awards but… Keep Reading

Posted on in Navy Stuff/Rants

This ‘Tired Sailor’ Narrative is Killing my Watchbill

This post first appeared on the USNI Blog here. A couple months ago, retired Army Lieutenant General, and former National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster argued that the American people are being fed a narrative of “war weariness” and its hindering our brilliant strategy in Afghanistan. He told the story of a young student—a millennial, no… Keep Reading

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