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A bit of advice

Soon we'll know who was selected for Chief this year. As always, I'll have
words of wisdom for them to carry away. Some will understand immediately
what I'm trying to tell them, and some will understand later, and a sad,
pathetic few will never catch on and wonder why things don't work like they
expected them to.

But those aren't the bits that came to mind tonight. The first bit of
advice I'd give any newly selected CPO on sea duty is:

Leave if you can.

No matter how much you like where you are, or how much you think you are
needed.

Some people will never see you as a chief. You need to go start somewhere
else and be the chief from the beginning.

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