Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hard Career Truth in One Slide

This is a USAF slide, but sadly, there is roughly 90% overlap with the Navy's officer career progression.

If you don't understand this by the LCDR level, then you are already lost. Don't keep your idealism too long. Don't let the exception make you think it is the rule. It isn't.

Know this truth; performance will not get you where you want to be. You can have the most sea duty, most operational experience, most success at war - but if you do not have the right "sponsorship" (AKA mentor) or you roll snake eyes on the selection board composition (i.e. your sponsors aren't heavy in that cycle, they retire, or you picked poor sponsors) then 87% odds are that you are done.

No, it isn't right, it isn't just ... it just is. And yes, I am posting this on a Thursday for a reason ... as under that rock ... you really don't want to know what is under that rock.

Blogger note: Rumor has it, this was part of brief by Mike Hornitschek, Colonel, USAF, who is now retired. If anyone knows him and how to get in touch with him, let me know.

Hat tip John Q. Public.

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