Stop Accessing Surface Nuclear Officers

In the year since the tragic accidents involving the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and the USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), the Navy writ large, and the surface warfare officer community in particular, have identified many causes for substandard seamanship skills across the fleet. But one area not adequately addressed is how nuclear-trained surface warfare officers (SWO[N]s) will gain the required seamanship proficiency needed to operate and command ships at sea.

Tinkering with the SWO(N) career path will not help much.

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