Let’s not forget Mullens, Gates et al. Every time Chiefs got together this was a standard topic. What happens if we do not get those “smart” ships. Well we did not but we dumped alot of good Sailors. So what has been the Navy’s response. Get rid of more people to open up promotions because they set “artificial” high year tenure rules. The word artificial comes from a Congressional study that predicted this problem about 4 years ago.
Cheney and Bush (41) put us on a STEEP glide slope and Clinton pushed us over a cliff. That and Tailhook 91 didn’t help matters at ALL!