By lex, on August 5th, 2011
A Royal Navy submarine officer has been dismissed the service and sentenced to six months in jail for fraudulently collecting benefits:
Posted by lex, on May 12th, 2011
In search of inspiration fighting piracy in Somalia, Navy is turning to Massive Multiple Online WarGame Leveraging the Internet, or MOWGLI.
In the game, players act as naval officers or commercial ship crews to fight pirates in situations similar to real life pirate-fighting escapades. And you don’t have to just be a “good guy,” you can of course be a pirate if you so choose.
The goal of the game is to either protect sea lanes, launch sea attacks and run hostage rescue missions, depending on your role within the virtual environment.
The U.S. Navy hopes to gather new ideas of ways to tackle pirates based on gameplay. Currently only around 1,000 military personnel and some specially chosen civilians will be able to fulfill their childhood dreams of being a pirate, I mean, playing the game.
I would submit that history books could also be instructive.
Posted by lex, on March 18th, 2011
A congressional commission wants a US military that “looks like America“:
Just as the U.S. military is indoctrinating troops to accept open gays in their ranks, a federal commission is pressing the Pentagon to make the force more diverse by, among other ideas, opening infantry and armor units to women…
The commission says it wants the military to resemble the ethnic makeup of America. It is urging the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force to “validate” the standards – such as education, test scores, criminal records and drug use – that disqualify large numbers of blacks and Hispanics.
“Racial/ethnic minorities are less likely to meet eligibility requirements than are non-Hispanic whites, and that gap is widening,” the report says.
The commission said women should be allowed into male-only land combat units to “create a level playing field” in promotions “for all service members who meet the qualifications.”
I’m sort of confused which comes first: Do we eliminate the qualification standards before we promote by
grievance group, quota, or vice versa?
Because if our first priority is to be a federal jobs program rather than fight and win the nation’s wars, it’s terribly important that we get the sequencing right.
Posted By lex, on January 5th, 2011
Danger Room charts the rocks and shoals of some spectacular career-enders:
Commit this to memory, you valiant souls who put yourselves in harm’s way for your country: Do not film yourself making lewd remarks. Do not mouth off about your superiors with reporters present. Do not rage against the bureaucracy, do not humiliate the men and women under your command, and above all else, do not have sex with people you work with.
Navy Capt. Owen Honors was the latest military officer to learn these lessons, after his amateur blue-comedy vids cost him his command of the U.S.S. Enterprise yesterday. But chances are he won’t be the last. In the new issue of Proceedings, retired Capt. Kevin Eyer writes about the rise of a post-Cold War “zero-defects mentality” that strips officers of their commands for infractions unrelated to the accomplishment of their missions. He’s talking specifically about the Navy — which is more strict than other services about relieving officers — but that doesn’t mean officers from the Army, Marines or Air Force are safe from the phenomenon. The important thing is not to sabotage yourself…
Here’s our guide to seven of the stupidest, most boneheaded, most defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory unforced errors that have cost officers their jobs.
See the whole list at the link.
By lex, on July 6, 2008
Got my last US Navy paycheck deposited on the 30th, gratefully accompanied by my first significant civilian recompense. For a moment there I reflected upon my transitory fortune and considered the advantages of going off like any good sailor on a liberty spree, but no: For everything a time, and to each a purpose. And it isn’t like that mortgage paying itself, is it precious?
No, precious. It most certainly is not.
Got my baby blue retiree ID card on Wednesday. Hit up the personnel support detachment at North Island for to pick up my discharge certificate, and thought to economize on time. It was nigh on 1500 and the ID card clerk seem happily determined to run out the clock on my watch. Two weeks ago I might have sprinkled a little high dudgeon around.
I sit and quietly seethe.
Posted by Lex, on December 5, 2010
Thanks for your service: *
A panel of three flag officers Friday announced their recommendation that Capt. Holly Graf leave the Navy with a general discharge.
Graf showed little emotion as she listened to the findings of the board of inquiry at the Washington Navy Yard: By a vote of 2-1, the board found she had committed misconduct; by unanimous vote, it found she had committed conduct unbecoming of an officer for the maltreatment and cruelty toward her crew as commanding officer of the Yokosuka, Japan-based cruiser Cowpens.
The panel unanimously voted to recommend she be separated from the Navy with a general discharge and be allowed to retire as a captain for completing honorable service “for a period of no less than six months” at that rank.
But not before smearing her wardroom as incompetent, and her ship as the worst on the waterfront.
Thus, a “general discharge” under honorable conditions, without a sufficiently meritorious record to deserve an honorable discharge.
** 04/30/18 Links updated – Ed.