Don't think that cleaning heads is an experience only enjoyed by hawsepipers. . . as an Academy grad, I can assure you that at least I have spent some time doing much the same. THAT said, I agree that I have never asked anyone that sailed under me to do anything that I have not personally done. If anything, when I was sailing, I would often to the nastiest work myself. I particularly recall one incident where I had one of my assistants pass tools to me while I was chest deep in bilge water dropping the plug on a failed gearbox, wearing only gym shorts with no shoes due to the heat and access. When we had finished, he told me that he could never have done anything like I just did. . . I then asked him why he was at sea and in my engine room. . . he left when we got to the next port of his own accord and was not missed. . . .there were those that said I was hard on them, and they did not last. To me, going to the (an) academy was a tool to compress the time of getting a license. I can assure you that even my cadet time was not spent laying about in the air conditioning, but with my head stuffed into condenser heads, boilers, bilges, etc., earning and learning. And as I have stated numerous times in this forum throughout the years, HOW you get a license is less important than the person themselves. I have sailed with some absolutely useless academy grads (the one mentioned at the start of this comment being one) AND useless hawsepipers, but by the same token, I have sailed with brilliant academy grads and hawsepipers, too. Personally, I don't care. Attitude, ability and a willingness to do what it takes are everything.