Let me know if I should post this on a different thread. DS excelled in his ROTC unit. He graduated form Nuke School with honors and is ahead of the curve at Prototype especially enjoying and doing well with watches. The pipeline is backed up, so he doesn't know when he will actually work on a reactor, perhaps in August and he still needs to get to SOBC. He found out his base and sub assignment this week and, frankly, I never saw this coming. He has been assigned to a sub that will decommission within a year of him joining the fleet. He has been told he will likely never deploy on his sub, but will be sent on "ride alongs" with other subs just to quickly get him qualified. He will not be part of the crew, and will have no practical, real life hands on experience while he qualifies. After he "qualifies" he will stand watch in the shipyard while the sub is dismantled. This could take the whole time of his "sea tour". If he should choose to "re up", he will be 2 to 3 years behind those he commissioned with and barely more experienced than the new officers. I don't even know what to say to him. Anyone have any words of wisdom or experience with this?