Well you may be relieved to learn that in the 45 years since EVERSOLE was decommissioned there has been real progress in the educational attainment of the enlisted sailor. More than 99% of sailors have at least a high school diploma, fully 11 points better than the general public. Many more have taken college courses or finished bachelor degrees. On the whole the military is far better educated than the general public:
Of course there are real problems in the Navy with respect to maintenance. Computer-based training has replaced hands on experience in the name of cost savings. Chief Petty Officers, the newest of which have grown up in this system, are incentivized to spend more time on collateral duties than on becoming experts in their rates and leading divisions. Optimal manning has decimated ship’s force capabilities to conduct repairs. Elimination of billets for maintainers at depot activities allow skills to atrophy for sailors ashore.
Despite this, there is no justification for disparaging remarks about the sailors who man the fleet. Time and again they do the best they can with the resources they’re given. Further, aside from anonymous “rumors”, there are no indications that LITTLE ROCK is broken, or that her sailors broke her. All the official sources cite weather and tug services as the cause of her delay, and given that the Navy has been fairly open kimono when these LCS break, there is little reason to doubt them now.