Comment of the Day: What Really Ails The Navy

The Long March
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas/

This was posted yesterday in response to a comment of mine about stovepiping in the Navy.  I liked it so much that I am promoting it to an item.

There's been some progress towards recognizing the need for more specialization, and it looks like the warfare communities better accommodate needed talent best put to managing programs and developing innovation rather than just keeping these folks on an up-or-out command-at-sea career path. That's good.

But the fundamental problem of the three primary warfare communities putting their interests ahead of Navy mission remains, they have the same vast powers, and they continue to operate in splendid isolation from each other. I remember when that star on the sleeve of the dress blouse stood for naval officer. Now, you have to withhold judgment on what that means until you've looked to see the breast insignia the person is wearing because that defines the officer, the officer's primary loyalty, and the culture that holds that officer in its clutches forever.

Submariners and naval aviators constantly contend with the laws of physics and the fact that natural laws have no pity. We've seen how the lack of such pressure has allowed the surface navy to fall into disrepair and earn disrespect.

"But we're studying the problem. We've issued a log book for JOs and we're tinkering with other things maybe. We sure as hell don't want any wise-ass bubbleheads or zoomies helping us — what do they know about seamanship and professionalism (other than these being what keeps them alive)?"

The isolation of the surface navy is stunning and total. And unchanged.

Capt. John Byron is qualified in surface warfare and in submarines. He served in five submarines, commanding the submarine USS Gudgeon. He is a plank-owner of the cruiser Fox.

Editor's Note: This article by Patricia Kime originally appeared on, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Defense Department's authority to prosecute retired service members for crimes they commit, even after retirement.

The court on Tuesday chose not to hear the case of a retired Marine who was court-martialed for a sexual assault he committed three months after leaving the service in August 2015. By not accepting the case, Larrabee v. the United States, the court upheld the status quo: that military retirees are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Read More Show Less
A formation of U.S. Army soldiers with III Corps and Fort Hood honor the American flag as they lower it during the Retreat ceremony March 27, 2014. Retreat is conducted at the end of the day, every day, to honor the flag, which is raised during the Reveille ceremony each morning. All activity on the base stops for the duration of both ceremonies as soldiers pause, face the flag, and salute. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Ken Scar)

Soldiers and their spouses told Fort Hood brass and housing officials Thursday night about horrific conditions inside on-post housing, ranging from blooms of mold and lead paint to infestations of snakes and cockroaches and dangerously faulty window screens.

Read More Show Less

When President Trump spoke of Islamic State last week, he described the group as all but defeated, even in the digital realm.

"For a period of time, they used the internet better than we did. They used the internet brilliantly, but now it's not so brilliant," the president said. "And now the people on the internet that used to look up to them and say how wonderful and brilliant they are are not thinking of them as being so brilliant."

Read More Show Less
Staff Sgt. Stevon A. Booker, a 3rd Infantry Division Soldier who was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment and killed in action in Iraq in 2003, is depicted in a photo illustration alongside the Distinguished Service Cross medal, which he is slated to posthumously receive for his heroic actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom, April 5, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (U.S. Army)

Editor's Note: This article by Matthew Cox originally appeared, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

The U.S. Army has announced it will upgrade a former 3rd Infantry Division soldier's Silver Star to a Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery during the unit's "Thunder Run" attack on Baghdad, Iraq, in 2003.

Read More Show Less

HANOI (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told the U.S. secretary of state he did not want his children to live with the burden of nuclear weapons, a former CIA officer involved in high-level diplomacy over the North's weapons was quoted as saying on Saturday.

Read More Show Less