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Tell us: Is INSURV increase a good idea?

Jan. 14, 2013 - 08:12AM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 14, 2013 - 08:12AM  |  
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It's a weeklong make-or-break inspection for captains and crews — one that's preceded by long months of checks, repairs and checklists, a time-swallowing process many sailors recall with a groan, even if their ships passed. And now, it will become more frequent and likely harder.

Every ship, submarine and aircraft carrier will undergo the rigorous Board of Inspection and Survey twice as often — and without the extensive help they've come to rely on. Fleet officials say more inspections are a good thing and will improve the fleet's material readiness.

But the changes come while the fleet weathers chronic funding and manpower shortages — as many as 10,000 sea billets remain open, for example.

What do you think of the new INSURV policy?

Has the Navy given your crew the resources and manpower to successfully complete more inspections?

Officials want more candid looks at the ships. Do you think your command will call off all the preening that normally goes into prepping for an INSURV?

Do you agree with leaders, and think more inspections will improve your ship's readiness?

Sailors have told Navy Times that INSURVs are often preceded by cross-decking personnel and functional gear. Under the new rules, do you expect this to continue? Is this practice necessary, or something that is masking the ships' real conditions?

Navy Times wants to hear from active-duty sailors. Send your thoughts to staff writer sfellman@navytimes.com">sfellman@militarytimes.com?subject=Question from NavyTimes.com reader">Sam Fellman. And be specific. Your comments may be used in an upcoming story.

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