But it was /is getting DO's on the cheap Paying a WO or whatever to carry out this tedius scribbling chore permits the officer, who was previously lumbered with it ,to lay aft for another Horses Neck.I remember when they started foisting 'Officer's' duties onto the Senior Rates - and that was about 35 years ago. So it could be extrapolated that the SRs were in fact better at their jobs/responsibilities than the Wardroom.
On one occasion when I wrote what I thought of a rather poor P.O. the old Man changed my criticism to " He has a refreshing outspokenness": Why? Because the P.O. was a SUY candidate in a shortage branch.