Report: Navy focused on diversity training ‘not so much ship handling’

By Jenny Goldsberry

According to a new report, some in the Navy are not happy with the direction the branch is heading. Retired Marine Lieutenant General Robert Schmidle and retired Rear Admiral Mark Montgomery published the report commissioned by Congress.

The two thoroughly interviewed 77 retired and current Naval officers. Participation was voluntary and all retained anonymity throughout the report according to the Daily Mail.

Among the findings, 94 percent of subjects believed that Naval failures were “part of a broader problem in Navy culture or leadership.” These failures, according to some of the subjects, come at the cost of national security.

“I guarantee you every unit in the Navy is up to speed on their diversity training. I’m sorry that I can’t say the same of their ship handling training,” one recently retired senior leader said.

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