Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Karolina A. Oseguera

The recent storm of essays, articles, and blog posts (serving primarily as open vent sessions from junior officers dissatisfied with their lots) has blown the most recent wave of resigning officers away from safe, service-enhancing, disruptive thought and into “here there be dragons” conversations. It appears the fundamental misunderstanding of these disillusioned writers concerns their unique value, which they seem to hold hostage in their eleventh-hour protests. If a rock adrift in space believes itself to be a star, and within this fictionalized framework of the rock’s artificially created parallel universe, chooses to go supernova and explodes in the greatest show since the big bang, is anyone in the real world actually expected to care?

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