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The most common gripe was the length of time spent at sea and the belief that those long voyages to distant waters were going to get longer. There was also growing disillusionment with navy leadership. Sailors saw senior officers more concerned with political correctness and “zero tolerance” than with legitimate needs of sailors and junior officers.

Just like my experience in the private sector. The big wheels are only concerned with advancing themselves and underlings are nothing but meat.

Randy mentioned that, while he was a P3 driver (land based maritime patrol bomber), he did a 9 month cruise on the Enterprise to get his ticket punched for carrier duty, so long deployments are not new. Like the army, chasing the Islamic boogyman resulted in a very high tempo of operations. I remember, probably 30 years ago, either the newspaper or Newsweek mentioning that one or two carrier groups had been at sea continuously, for months, providing air cover to bomb the bogyman, that the navy relented on SecNav Daniels' prohibition order and allowed a limited quantity of beer on board. Now, the posturing vs China has increased the tempo even more.

Steve
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