My ship is at the edge of what I consider safe manning for UNREPS. We are fine as long as nothing goes wrong (helo crash, allision, emergency breakaway, rig failure while alongside…) The Navy wants what they want and our manning isn’t their problem so we mostly give in to them.
The problem? Not enough entry level and mid-level unlicensed. We are short eight or ten hands, all of them entry level or ABs. It’s not as if I can put academy augments on a line or a fork truck or do some manual UNREP labor. The horror! I’d trade them for wipers, ordinaries or steward utilities in a heartbeat.
Someone will have to die before this academy job corps trend changes.