this is the basis of the topic of this thread
“As small as our Merchant Marine may be today, it is absolutely essential. It’s in every war plan that I review, I guarantee you,” the secretary said. “Because you’re going to be the fourth arm of the defense. You’re going to sustain our allies and fuel our ships and ferry our warriors.” SecDef Mattis
now I can pretty much guarantee you that every war plan of the DoD involves the use of all the ROS ships sitting around the US and that the people and not the ships are what Mattis means are the “fourth arm of the defense” however there is no systematic structured program to build and retain reserve mariners for these ships and thus this fourth arm is a very weak one at best. The topic of this thread by my understanding is the manning of the Federally owned reserve fleet. It was the critical matter in 1990 when we had a bigger merchant marine and while the nation barely pulled it off in 1990 I doubt very seriously we can do it again and that is what I am pointing out in this thread.
Now what is it you are trying to bleat out?