I know a guy who was a Navy Master Chief. The stories he has to tell about the effects of this are horrifying, if you have any concern for readiness, discipline and good moral order.
Your Master Chief friend is right. I was in the Navy for six years as an officer, late 80s.
I remember reading a Naval Institute Proceedings article about the challenges of a ship’s captain dealing with a mixed crew. In exasperation, he asked for help from his Command Master Chief who replied, “Sir, they’re blanking like rabbits down there and there’s not a darn thing we can do about it.” If I remember correctly, the Captain was relieved for his actions trying to instill some discipline in his crew.
(I just deleted two whole paragraphs of sea stories about what I saw. What does it matter?)
We (Americans) elected these empty suits who couldn’t hold regular jobs. We continue to elect the same bunch over and over again. I pray that our country can be fixed but I’m not optimistic.
BTW, tell you Master Chief friend that Chief Petty Officers still run the Navy. We need their help more than ever.