TASmith wrote:I don't post much, but truly find the question worthy of exploring. Perhaps not the why of not sticking around for command, but the not sticking around period.
At over 28 years in, and over 13 of those enlisted, I can tell you that I still have more push left in me that most of the young Sailors I see today. I am absolutely honored to be serving in an XO tour and have discussed with my wife that I'll continue to serve under four simple conditions:
1) It is still fun
2) It is still about service
3) I am still relevant
4) I am still promotable (up or out, no hanging around for multiple looks for me)
IMHO the problem most priors find, other than the previously noted family priorities, is that with age comes a certain inflexibility. A leader finally encounters the latest organizational change, that proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back, and is unwilling to adapt; forgets that it is "not about me". Once this happens, service is no longer fun, and a leader will quickly find him/her self irrelevant.
I understand the bit about the call to aspire to command and if selected at some point would consider it an unbelievable honor. In the mean time, I would suggest that we Mustangs continue to remember where we have come from, and aspire to lead from the front, whether in command, DH, Staff officer, or Divo. Keep it fun and continue to train our replacements. This may inspire some few of us to stick around for command and, at minimum, will change some young Sailors' lives for the better through our example.
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