TL;DR at the bottom.
I hope this motivates you. If not, oh well.
Last night, I got to see a good friend of mine. He was on leave from the navy, doing a special program (I won't specify which one). It was really good to see him; he and I became fast friends when we first met about a year ago. Not one minute into the greeting/conversation and he hit me with the news that he DOR'ed (or DOR'd? doesn't matter) from training. It hit close to home when I heard that, somewhat akin to what the Naval Academy officers went through when their other USNA buddies dropped, if you read The Warrior Elite. This guy was an absolute monster in the water, and a great athlete overall. I liked training with him since he's the only person I've met that can keep up with me in all PT aspects. Back when he was still trying to get a contract for his program (his run times were killing him), he and I made a deal. He'd help me become a better swimmer (his strongest point), and I'd help him become a better runner (mine). It went well, but to be honest I was just happy to have a training partner and a friend who shared something in common with me, as I had trained completely alone until then.
Needless to say, it came as a pretty big shock to hear he dropped. He didn't put up any BS, he took complete responsibility for his actions and put the blame on no one but himself. Unlike the vast majority of dropouts who SWEAR they got med-dropped and never quit, he actually owned up to everything. He heavily regrets his decision though, and if you're only gonna take one piece of information from this whole thread, take this one: Immediately after he quit, he wanted to go back to the class. He saw his class move along without him and it killed him. Not even 5 minutes had passed and he suddenly realized that he COULD'VE kept going. He had tricked himself into believing the situation was a lot worse than it actually was and gave up... and when he was standing there, not getting beat, being able to rationalize everything, he realized it hadn't been that bad. For those of you who have scoured for information about the pipeline as I have, you'll see that his mentality is similar to the mentality of other DORs. It's not some BS. I didn't really need my friend to tell me this, as I always believed it prior. So for those of you reading this who do not believe in this, I urge you to do so. It's almost universal.
And now, he's an undesignated sailor. That makes no sense to me. For the program that he was in, he had to complete a hearty chunk of another rating's schooling process (you sharp squirrels out there might now catch on to what program he was in), but now that he DOR'ed, he tells me that his completion of that portion is completely cancelled out, as if it never happened. Instead of sending him to go on that route (where he proved he could succeed), they just tell him "nope, go chip paint now." He will now have to serve as undesignated and he'll have to strike for a rating later down the road.
Why is this? He and the other DORs he met were great guys. I can personally vouch for my friend. We're talking about people who gave up nuke contracts for a shot at SO, SB, EOD, etc. We're talking about squared-away sailors, hard-charging guys, who took a noble gamble and happened to be wrong. And now they're subject to "the needs of the navy?" When I hear/see people say/write this phrase, I bite my tongue. Sure, people may get off alright and get sent to another A-school. Heck, perhaps they may even get sent to another specops A-school! But the reality is that just like there's lucky people like that, there's other unlucky people like my friend. And why does this have to come down to luck? "He just so happened to drop at this time, so we just so happen to have nothing available. Oh well!" It kills their motivation. It does. If you're not in the pipeline yet, wait until you see it for yourself.
And so, here's my promise. When I get to the point within NSW (Yes gents, it's not a matter of "if" for me, it's a matter of "when." If you disagree and wanna fight me about it we'll do it on the weekends off at BUD/S and have a good laugh afterwards) where I can lobby for these sailors to be given a fair shot at success within the navy, and NOT be subject to luck, I will do so, regardless of what the brass thinks about it. I won't hit MCPO or CAPT because I'm a goodhearted idealist and I wanna fight for these guys? **** you, cut-and-dry. No sailor should be subject to such treatment because they VOLUNTEERED for the toughest training in the military. Hopefully this policy changes by the time I'm there, or else I'll have my work cut out for me.
TL;DR: lol you really expected a tldr? Go **** yourself brother, hooyah!