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Editorial: Looks like the Navy is lowering standards:

“Readiness.” The cliche has become such a focal point for the Navy’s top brass in the wake of a calamity-filled 2017 that it may as well replace “Forged by the Sea” as the service’s new motto. Yet lately it looks like the Navy is prioritizing size — the total number of ships and sailors — over maximizing the capability and performance of the fleet it already has. For example, in December, the Navy announced the extension of up-or-out limits for E-3 sailors to the six-year mark, up from five years. That followed an August announcement of a new two-year increase in high-year tenure for E-4, E-5 and E-6 sailors. Also in December, the Navy declared nearly 50,000 sailors who failed fitness tests will be given a clean slate, and any pending discharges will be wiped away. Praise Neptune! “Retention of every capable Sailor is critical to the operational readiness of the Navy,” Vic...

Full article: https://www.navytimes.com/opinion/medals-misfires/2018/01...

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