Thursday, March 04, 2010

Affirmative Action?



I long ago gave up on reading Time magazine, but this article caught my eye:

The Rise
And Fall Of A Female Captain Bligh


I'm curious as to why this woman was repeatedly promoted despite her inability to lead in a responsible manner.

What gives?

Are we now promoting unqualified people to positions they can't possibly handle only because of their sex or race?

Oh yeah, that's how we got stuck with Obama.

14 comments:

jan said...

I have to wonder if she was promoted knowing that she would fail. She seems lacking in anything like leadership skills.

cube said...

To be fair to this woman, I
consider the source... it is an article from Time magazine.

That said, the military seems to have undergone a sea change in the way it promotes, from the
meritocracy of the old days, to the PC mess of today. Look at the Fort Hood shooter who was promoted despite the islamofacist signals he was telegraphing all over the place.

cube said...

Now there's another article about Captain Graf where she and another captain raced their ships...

Navy's Sea Sick Move: Close Call For Ships In Race

I wonder if the other captain was reprimanded. I'm just asking...

Chuck said...

It's become the American way, make sure you count the people at the top se we are being fair

Brooke said...

This is the same thing that got us the Ft. Hood terrorist. Promotions based on identity politics.

Jill said...

PC?? We are after all according to the Peter Principle promoted to our level of incompetence.

Krispy said...

I'm kinda with Jan on this. Maybe it's a "Peter Principle" thing ... sometimes the best way to get rid of an incompetent employee is to give 'em enough rope.

Granny Annie said...

I have had to defer this question to my spouse who is a retired Navy Senior Chief. I've certainly heard other stories about male leadership in the "old" Navy that could put this gal's actions in the shade so I'm not sure what's really up here. I did work in the corporate world where men's actions were considered "assertive" and women's same actions were just considered "bitchy"

cube said...

Granny Annie: You have touched on my point. Heaven forbid a sailor swears at somebody. Heaven forbid a sailed throws a wadded up piece of paper at somebody. What is really going on here? If this woman was so incompetent, why was she promoted?

birdwoman said...

I remember being in grad school. The department had 1 female professor. She was not very well qualified. Didn't know stuff outside her area very well and wasn't well published. I asked the older grad students what the skinny was. Apparently, the males were told they HAD to have a female on staff, so they got the worst one they could believably get (she had to be qualified), but when she couldn't produce, they would point to that as a reason they didn't hire more female staff.

Perhaps this is another case and point. See? This is why we don't promote women! Wouldn't put it past some good old boys out there.

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Z said...

"Take your goddam attitude and shove it up your f______ ass and leave it there,"

Odd that it's not okay to say f--- but it's sure okay to say 'goddam'...I'm surprised TIME didn't capitalize it :-)

Captain Queeg is more likely than Captain Bligh, but BOTH were BAD...now, who took those F---'in strawberries!! Heh

Dorie said...

Affirmative opened the door to mediocrity. But challenge the idea, or promote excellence over race and gender, and you're written off as racist or sexist.
I've had more bad experiences with female management than male. I think it's because when women are having a bad day,some have a way of letting everybody under them know, and taking it out on them.
Where the guys seem more likely to grumble a lot and leave work early.

Anonymous said...

I have mixed reactions to this story; I waited a while before commenting because I wanted to see how others reacted to the story. So let me work hard to keep this short and sweet, out of respect to Cube.

There are two gates here. One is the promotion board system, which has more to do with eliminating the least beautiful than selecting the most qualified and the other a process to select the best-qualified officer to command. The command of navy vessels is a highly stressful position. It requires far more than seamanship, which itself is a science. Not everyone has the psychological wherewithal to command successfully, but ultimately, how can the navy know this until they first give command to an officer.

The promotion system is flawed because it is purely and simply a beauty contest and it is highly unforgiving. After eliminating everyone who belched in a reception line during mess night, what is left on the table are men and women who have not been caught screwing up. They are the most beautiful; and from these numbers they select “the best of what is left.” But this says nothing about patriotism, it says nothing about true competence, it says nothing about the virtue of speaking plainly. It only speaks volumes about rewarding people for kissing ass and making sure that they take fewer gambles, which means there are fewer opportunities to fail. This promotion system requires a great deal of work, but it is a system created by men and therefore flawed. At least now you know how it is possible to have a four-star admiral wearing a somewhat insignificant medal he isn’t entitled to and then kills himself when we learn of this integrity violation.

Selection for command is a bit more complicated, but necessarily follows the promotion system because before one can be in command of a ship, one must be of suitable rank for command of that ship. However, one must also have the necessary training and experience to command, in addition to flawless fitness reports along the way. For example, the officer must have successfully completed the right schools —such as the Naval War College. The Navy may expect him or her to have an advanced degree in some field. And so even though two people are serving in the rank of captain, one may be ‘suitable’ for command, and the other person unsuitable. Does affirmative action come in to play? Oh yes, particularly since the infamous DACOWITS organization, which has taken on a life of its own in the past fifty years.

And you may recall that political correctness gave us a Muslim extremist who the army promoted to major ...

Captain Graf apparently passed both these gates. She apparently behaved in such a manner as to call unseemly attention to herself. Now, because of the Inspector General’s investigation, she is no longer fit to command. It means that she will not make admiral. It is part of the deselection process. Rightly or wrongly, it appears to be working.

Thank you

Mustang sends

cube said...

Mustang: Thank you for your insight. Those of us outside of the military don't understand he inner workings and, I, for one, welcome the input from one who is in the know.