I think the steward branch will always be a contentious issue. To say that they all do nothing all day long is absurd though. Perhaps the lads aren't the hardest working people onboard, but the CPO/PO steward on a frigate or destroyer does have a real job. The real issue though is the wartime scenario, where do get dedicated first aid parties from? I've heard the argument of carrying extra stokers or dabbers etc, but I'm really not sure that it would work, I'd hate for us to go to a conflict situation with "experimental" first aid parties in place.