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Surface Warfare Officer......is it rewarding?

Discussion in 'Surface Warfare Officer (SWO)' started by cui bono, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. phham

    phham New Member

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    Oh, well that certainly sucks the big one. If SUPPO is in fact a thankless job, then perhaps 4 years in and out is the way to go.

    And, what are the upsides of obtaining a SW Supply badge? Once again, does it entail standing watch like other SW officers? Thanks.
     
  2. NavyOffRec

    NavyOffRec Well-Known Member

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    I know a few that didn't do a CVN Supply Officer DH tour and they had great times, there are lots of fun things those guys can do.
     
  3. phham

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    I guess like most things in life, there are ups and downs. Is a supply tour known as an especially difficult tour because of the size of the crew?
     
  4. NavyOffRec

    NavyOffRec Well-Known Member

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    Well, no easy answer, seen (or heard) the Supply DH get yelled at for things like, off loading parts that were required to be carried onboard at all times that resulted in us operating on a single reactor in the gulf while conducting combat missions, or getting yelled at because the CO's favorite flavor of ice cream was mistakenly served and used for the crew.
     
  5. Uncle Fester

    Uncle Fester Robot Pimp Super Moderator None Contributor

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    Like everything in the Navy, you get responsibility for larger numbers of people and more money as you climb in rank. SUPPO on a carrier is a pretty senior officer, responsible for a significant portion of the ship's company, and has several subordinate officers working under them as Asst DH's/Divos. On the other hand, the "Chop" on a destroyer is pretty much it, Supply Dept officer wise, with a junior Suppo - maybe two - working for them.

    Like so many necessary jobs, if you're a good Chop, it's invisible to your customers. They only notice when you fuck it away.
     
  6. Pags

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    At some point in a naval career (or any career) you're going to be yelled at by an irate boss for something. Sometimes it will be for a valid and deserved reason and other times it won't. If you don't want to get yelled at for things that may be beyond your control don't join the military.
     
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  7. phham

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    Understood. It's like when I express an interest in the military and people respond, "Why do you want people telling you what to do all the time?" I then wonder if it is not the same in a civilian job where your boss manages your day and tasks.

    But, anyhow, I was simply wondering if Supply, for whatever reason, gets shit on more than other communities. I can certainly take some crap, but I wouldn't want to take on more excrement than necessary.
     
  8. jtmedli

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    Or just don't work for a living.
     
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    Then Mom and Dad will yell at you for making a mess of the basement.
     
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    Supply is a key component of any unit. Do they take crap? Sure. Any more than anyone else? No.

    My general perception of the supply corps is that they do a really good job taking care of their front runners by sending them to top notch educational programs as part of their career pipeline. However, my other perception of them is that they spend all day sitting in front of a computer ordering various things and that seems boring to me. But as a guy who was an operator it was always important to have a good relationship with your supply counterparts to make sure you got all the stuff you needed. So it's important work and I was glad someone was doing it, I just wouldn't want to be the one doing it.
     
  11. NavyOffRec

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    On a CVN they get crapped on more than nukes, way more, I lost track of how many times on a CVN I have heard the Suppo being yelled at/"talked to" by a DH, or by the XO since the XO's cabin was very close to the Suppo's office.

    Maybe CVN Suppo is one of those jobs that if you survive it is a good check mark no matter how bad of a tour it is. However I can't think of a single tour where the Suppo or his guys didn't do something so dumb that the spotlight wasn't on them. such as offloading items that are required to be kept on board which results in operating on single reactor in the gulf during combat operations.
     

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