Recently, a mom wrote expressing her frustration regarding members of her daughter's division who were uncooperative and as a result, the entire division had to suffer the consequences. That blog has been deleted. I would like to offer just a bit of advice to everyone with a loved one going through boot camp. ___________________________________________________________________________________________
We understand your frustration and it's OK to vent here (one purpose of social websites); however, your opinion is of no consequence to the Navy. The Navy has been running boot camps for eons. They know what works and what does not work. If your daughter exhibits the same degree of frustration as you are demonstrating at this time, she may find that the Navy is not her cup of tea. And that is OK. My son chose not to re-up (loves the Navy, just ready for civilian life) despite of the Navy's best efforts to retain him (bonus, choice of shore duty location, etc). As a parent, you should look upon this as your initiation into learning to do things the Navy way. The division (as a whole) is being observed - they may be looking for leaders to emerge who can facilitate cooperation. It's a test for all of them. There will be the similar situations with more meaningful (or drastic depending upon your point of view) consequences. For example, there might a time in the future when a group of sailors who can not keep their mouths shut - and the scheduled homecoming for the ship is changed/cancelled at the last second for security reasons. More than likely the cause of the breach will be some parent, wife, girlfriend who failed to observe the OPSEC rules- who should monitor that? The Navy does not care if you have purchased airline tickets, made hotel reservations, taken time off from work. Or that your sailor is getting married, haven't seen his loved ones for months, missed the birth of his child, etc. The safety of the ship and the safety of the crew is their only concerned. Personally, as a tax payer, I have no problem with that whatsoever. That is what the officers in charge are expected to do. There will always be a few individuals who will stupidly & arrogantly ignore following the rules. At some point, others on the boat (fellow sailors, officers and right on down the line) will make their lives so miserable that they'll never act stupid again. Remember, some recruits are very, very young and are not used to being part of a big (BIG) organization yet. This IS boot camp - be patient.
Best of luck to all our sailor recruits. We thank you for wanting to serve our country.
We understand this is an emotional time for all. To all "seasoned"/"veteran" supporters - feel free to post other suggestions.