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Duty days are a constant and unexciting part of Navy life. But while ships and squadrons remain undermanned, some sailors say in-port duty has become too frequent and that their well-earned time at home is being gradually siphoned away by the fleet's heavy watch requirements and its shortage of qualified sailors.
What do you think? Are you on duty too much? Or is duty at your command less frequent?
What watches do you stand on a typical duty day and how often? Do you feel all of your watches are worthwhile? In homeport, how many sections is your ship in?
What ways could your command improve in-port duty?
Navy Times wants to hear what you think. Write to staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com?subject=Question from NavyTimes.com reader">Sam Fellman with your experiences and suggestions about in-port duty. And be specific. Your views may be used in an upcoming article.