All branches of the military have their own way of accounting for personnel. Musters, Formations, and even simply arriving in the office at a specific time are common ways the military ensures their personnel are alive and well. Morning musters in The Navy are no different in that they’re used to pass down information that’s relevant to the unit’s personnel, but is also used as an opportunity to make announcements of varying degrees of importance also recite the Sailor’s Creed. But, while I can see the potential importance of this ritualistic event, it often simply becomes an annoyance. While it’s only a few minutes in the morning it seems that meetings such as this one can occupy much of the time in the day.
One specific trait that is probably not known amongst the common populace regarding The Navy is the sheer number of meetings during the day. Officers are often doing meetings throughout the day from HOD (Head of Department), DCTT (Damage Control Training Team), organizational (with groups such as the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions), or even the maintenance/production control meetings during the morning and afternoons for squadrons. While the number of meetings listed here might seem ridiculous it actually gets worse as I’m sure that I don’t know all of them out there. Furthermore, these meetings can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or two and then you can start asking yourself, where exactly is my taxpayer’s money going?
My question has always been, are all of these meetings important? If they truly are important, I’m curious as to know why they are so important. How can any military branch be an effective combat group when they are caught up in meetings and red tape all of the time? It’s almost impossible to justify such a thing. However, it helps to clarify the reason for why they make the work day 12 hours or longer during deployment. If a large chunk of the day for sailors is made up of meetings (which increase as the members exponentially based on paygrade) then they need the rest of that time to actually do work.
But, this will never change as crazy as it sounds; it’s almost part of the naval tradition. Morning muster might seem like a bit irrelevant on certain days when there is no important news, however, there are some great announcements that are put out every once in a while. The meetings are used to discuss what information can be put out to the masses and that which has to be held back for fear of leakage. Maintenance meetings will happen in order to ensure everyone is on the same page regarding the parts that need to be fixed and what timeframe. Red tape has always been a part of any governmental unit, and bureaucracy has definitely had a hand in shaping the military. While it might not be the most effective manner of handling business, it’s certainly a way that has worked for ages. But, until a new form of leading appears the number of meetings will not change I suppose…
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