Suggest a good book about the role of an SWO officer?

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  1. jct_ucb

    jct_ucb New Member

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    Hi all,

    My son is a sophomore considering applying to the Naval Academy based in part on his love of the sea (avid diver, good sailor). While both of his grandfathers served (WWII, Korea), neither of them is still with us to answer his questions. I have 2 colleagues that are in the Reserves that have offered to talk to him, but one is a SEAL and the other is Marine Recon, so he has a rather specialized view of the Navy "covered".

    He enjoys reading, so I thought someone here might be able to suggest a good book for him about what the job of an SWO might entail.

    Much appreciated as I want to be encouraging,

    JT
     
  2. Arete

    Arete Candidate Appointee

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    DESTROYER CAPTAIN Lessons of a First Command


    DESTROYER CAPTAIN - Lessons of a First Command


    This memoir of James Stavridis' two years in command of the destroyer USS Barry reveals the human side of what it is like to be in charge of a warship--for the first time and in the midst of international crisis.


    Here ya go......:thumb:
     
  3. jct_ucb

    jct_ucb New Member

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    Thanks Arete, exactly what I was looking for, looks like a great read.

    And yikes, I meant SWO, not SWO officer -- brother :yllol: long day.

    JT
     
  4. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ Member

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    Second this rec

    Ditto on all things by this superb officer. He's a USNA grad, 4 star. known for both being an operator at sea as well as a master of Pentagon analysis, and also served as Salty Sam for THE LOG magazine. Googling him will produce many books and professional articles. Best of all, he's always well-respected by his Sailors and staff, a leader who makes the workplace rewarding. :thumb:
     
  5. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    I have a suggestion that will tell him very little about the Day to Day life of a SWO in 2009- but is one of the great books on leadership and duty disguised as a novel, "The Good Shepherd" by CS Forester. When I was at the Navy War College it was on the CNOs recommended reading list- but don't let that scare you off - it's a great story by a great author.
     
  6. Zaphod

    Zaphod Founding Member

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    "It's Your Ship" by CAPT D. Michael Abrashoff.

    Of course if everyone did it his way, Congress would be out of a job in wasting our money... :rolleyes:
     

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