Sorry, I wasn’t being critical of the USMM officers who have chosen that career, or the working conditions and schedules under which they work.
I was responding to the various posts that suggest putting (junior) USMM mates on as OICNW, with a senior mate as the CWO-4 “Master”, or Subject Matter Expert, or whatever title. Couple this with one poster who made it clear he would only consider it on a time on-time off basis, and my comment resulted.
The USN will find many “solutions” to the problems behind these collisions and groundings. Some may actually be viable, and some may actually be funded and implemented. I just don’t think that USMM mates on USN ships, at USMM pay scales, under USMM work rotations, will be one of the solutions on the list.
There are lots of things wrong in the SWO community, but it is still comprised of men and women who, when assigned to ships, work long, hard hours for half the compensation that would be required for the USMM mate as OICNW solution.
Again, not passing judgement on the premise, just the unfundable cost. Of course, we all realize that repairing one ship damaged by collision could fund a fleet-wide implementation of this program for quite some time, but we all know that is not the way the budget works.
And I have not forgotten the priceless value of the lives lost in these avoidable incidents.