Honestly, Navy leadership is staffed with absolute idiots. As reported by the navy.mil website (1), the Navy is revising its clothing to incorporate a degree of flame retardancy. That’s fine but it’s clear that leadership is doing so only in response to poor PR rather than a belief that it constitutes an actual danger. Here’s the relevant quote from the article.
“Historical data reviewed by the working group showed the likelihood of a major conflagration on a ship is low, though the consequences could be severe to fatal. The working uniforms currently in use, including the NWU Type I, are deemed safe when worn properly under normal steaming conditions.”
Other than the entire history of naval warfare and the entire history of peacetime disasters, I guess there’s no real evidence that fire is a major threat at sea.
Uniforms are safe under normal steaming conditions????? I think that’s the whole point!!!! Flame retardant uniforms are for when you’re not steaming under normal conditions – like when you’ve collided with a projectile or another ship and you’re on fire.
A professional writer who stoops to name calling, personal attacks, and gutter level trash talking risks their professional reputation. Recognizing that, ComNavOps is, nevertheless, going to indulge for a moment. Sometimes there is no other way to properly express an idea than with the most basic language possible.
Navy leaders are a bunch of freakin’ a—holes with absolutely no concern for the men and women in their charge. Every one of these idiots should be fired.
Sorry, readers. Nothing gets to me more than leaders violating the trust that has been granted them by the people they command. Rant over.