PompeySailor said:The RN will always change, otherwise it will die. It just gets on my tits when all we ever hear is "in my day", when their day is dead and gone. They still live in the days of The Cruel Sea, and have no concept of how things have changed. In fact, many of the currently serving have no idea of how things have changed. They mank and moan, and don't want to see a bigger picture - and this moaning gets transmitted to the junior rates who carry on the tradition of moaning without information.
You are of course quite right. Even so it is the place of those who were there before to question the changes and perhaps to pass on a little of what they learnt 'in their days'.
It is all to easy to say new is best, but sometimes it isn't. If those who are doing the job today ignore the past experience then they will trip up. That of course does not mean we should take every thing back to how it was 40 years ago when I joined.
The Andrew has evolved over the years, but has always managed to keep in touch with it's heritage and general good practice and management. If it loses that it is likely to lose everything.