Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Navy makes ‘course correction’ on ratings

“Navy leaders are reversing their controversial decision to eliminate sailors’ ratings and will restore job titles across the fleet, according to a Navy message set for release Wednesday.

“Effective immediately, enlisted sailors will officially regain their ratings, the traditional job titles that have inspired a deep cultural loyalty and that have defined enlisted career tracks for generations, Navy officials said.

“Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, called it a ‘course correction’ and acknowledged the overwhelmingly negative reaction from the fleet was a key factor in the decision.

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And: Navy’s top officer admits he misjudged backlash before dumping ratings. Same Navy Times link.

Maybe the admiral “misjudged backlash” because he never was a sailor, but a naval officer. “Course correction” is navalese for “I f’d up big time and have got to make it sound like I am a flexible leader.”

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