What is this?

This is a collection of advice for Junior Officers new to the U.S. Navy, written by a marginally experienced JO and a few guest writers. This was an active blog through most of 2013, but shore duty came to an end as shore duty does. I now leave it here for the entertainment of whomever may stumble upon it.

Who is the author?

Submarine officer, year group ’08, still active duty, long since moved on from the post-DIVO shore duty where I wrote everything contained here. If you like, you can contact me at jorules@outlook.com, though it might be a while before I can respond.

It’s not lost on me that writing pages upon pages of unsolicited advice is a highly presumptuous thing to do. Leading Sailors is a presumptuous occupation. Any experienced JO worth a damn has taken a struggling ensign under his wing at some point, but not every struggling ensign finds a decent mentor. Leadership books by senior officers are too far removed from the JO experience to be of much use to an ensign. My goal here has been to address that gap.

Take everything you read here with a sizeable dose of salt. What’s captured here is a very specific point of view; that of a senior division officer enjoying shore duty but anxious to get back to sea, sentimentally recalling every lesson he learned the hard way. Some of my opinions have evolved since writing this stuff years ago. To preserve the authenticity of the junior officer’s perspective, I have not materially edited or updated this blog since I stopped writing it. Hope you find it helpful.


The opinions and views expressed in this forum are those of the authors alone and are presented in an entirely personal capacity. They do not represent the position of U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Navy or any government organization.



6 thoughts on “About

  1. Just ran across your blog and enjoyed reading your posts. As a USNA grad, retired SWO and former CO, I found myself reflecting on similar situations, that you described, in my own career, both from a JO and senior officer perspective. Great advice indeed! I look forward to future posts.
    Kirk ’87

  2. I saw a link for your blog through Sailor Bob. As a former USNA grad, SWO, and now Information Professional, I truly enjoy reading your posts. It’s great advice, and the posts are well-written but still contain the appropriate dosage of no-BS, “BLUF” diction. Thanks, and keep it up.

    -Kevin ’08

  3. Nicely done. Wonder how many times we’ve talked ourselves into dangerous situations that never would have occurred if we’d just shut up and followed the rules. Thanks!

  4. Amazing blog! Haven’t finished it yet but I can see myself reading this multiple times. I’ve recently been professionally recommended for SWO, now just waiting on a class up date for OCS and I am very grateful that I stumbled upon this. Thank you for taking your time to write this.

  5. This is a great blog! I’m hoping my JO son will see your wisdom and follow your advice. I’m a retired 06 and MBA, but JO to JO advice is worth its weight in gold. (When it’s right!)

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