I've been in the Navy for 10 years now and have yet to spend any time on a ship, life as a "Green Side Corpsman", I've only read the stories form here and random spots I can find online about SWO life. Is there anyone out there that really enjoys being a SWO and have SWO's ever Lat moved to NFO or Pilot?
I enjoyed the sailoring part of being a SWO. Conning alongside and pier landings, taking the RHIB to chase go-fasts and do boardings, that kind of thing. The rest was just being an industrial manager. Paperwork and reports and supervising the guys who actually do the work.
We had a shitty captain - screaming micromanager type - so life wasn’t fun. I’ve seen ships with good COs, too, and good command climates. But even on a happy ship, they’re being run ragged with a ridiculous optempo and not enough time for mx or training, let alone rest. Good news is that, since the collisions over in 7th Fleet, the community seems to be taking a hard look at how they do business and seems willing to make changes. Time will tell.