A sailor’s life: Overworked, undertrained, understaffed, stressed out

A new GAO report on Navy ship maintenance is a recruiter’s worst nightmare.

It depicts the harsh realities of life on U.S. Navy ships from the enlisted sailor’s perspective — working 16-hour days, patching together obsolete equipment, cannibalizing other ships for repair parts, serving on ships that are understaffed with sailors who are overworked or undertrained.

The Feb. 8 report from the Government Accountability Office follows another GAO report released last May that concluded the Navy routinely assigns fewer crew members than required to ships and found in the four years between 2016 and 2020 that crew shortfalls nearly doubled, increasing from
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