I lat-xfered from SWO to NFO in 2001. So my info about Shoe life is dated, and based on what I’ve seen on my Boat and frigate cruises since then.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.