yoshi wrote:We could talk all day about whether or not it makes sense (a worthy exchange of ideas/debate), but the most important factor isn't what is best for the community. The most important factor is what's best for you and the choices available to obtain it.
From a blunt, maybe cold but honest point of view ... the Community needs to do what is best for the Community, and I understand that will short some people, possibly me. I get it, it is nothing personal, its business.
yoshi wrote:The community has been pretty honest with what it wants via precepts and other information. And, there has been (very) palpable urgency in leadership's actions to get it. The community isn't sending a subtle message. It's broadcasting directly. No matter my opinion of the content, I personally appreciate the candor used by the community in communicating intentions.
My only issue here is that while the Community (the Navy too) is sending the STEM message (loud and clear) they are not articulating nor am I aware of any effort on a way to solve the problems of a lack of quotas to get folks STEM degrees & that more than a few of the officers in the 10-15 years of commissioned service category followed the "just get a grad degree" advice and do not have STEM degrees. Many of these officers are not substandard officers, they followed the advice of the community leadership/detailers when they were LTjgs and LTs, now that they are LCDRs and CDRs they are now off the desired track because the route changed 1/2 to 3/4 of the way to an opportunity for command.
Personally, I want to command ... I at the very least want to compete for it and not be a second tier candidate because of the STEM degree issue. I don't know nor really think that the STEM degree outweighs "sustained superior performance" ... yet. I don't think anything will replace superior performance, but if all things are equal and a discriminator must be found between two candidates ... then based on the precept verbiage I would expect the STEM degree to be a potential tie-breaker. It is hard to not notice the language in those precepts and be concerned that I will make the decision to work on a third grad degree on 'my own time' or accept that I may just not be a 'true' candidate for command under this new direction.