In May, a robust unofficial survey circulated among active-duty Navy personnel regarding retention in the Navy. The survey was the brainchild of a team of active-duty Navy personnel conducting the study in an off-duty capacity. Circulated primarily by word-of-mouth on social media, over 5,500 viable responses were received, with the objective of capturing a representative and accurate depiction of what motivations influence individuals to join, remain, and ultimately decide to leave military service. The survey succeeded in capturing a representative and statistically significant cross-section of both officers and sailors at varied rank and point in career.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.