My background is non-academy, 40 years from enlisted Coast Guard to unlimited master. I’m far less impressed with the “leadership” of academy trained merchant officers than they are of themselves.
Four years in the military I never saw or heard of an officer loosing his cool and screaming at anyone. It would have been considered unprofessional. Yet on the MM side I’ve witnesses it numerous times, captains, chief mates and Chief Engineers, verbal abuse of cadets and junior officers seems like a hobby for some senior officers.
Learning teamwork? Is that a joke? On how many deep-sea ships does the captain and chief hate each other? The deck and engine department in a low level war with each other? Or the senior officers of one crew constant talking shit about the other crew?
I recall on one container ship the C/E sitting with his arms crossed over his confederate flag T-shirt staring daggers at everyone that entered the mess, everyone ate and left as quickly as possible including the captain.
I don’t know if those officers lacked the skills required to improve the situation or didn’t understand why it’s a problem.