Yeah blowing off your Command Enlisted Leader as a Junior Officer is a BAD move.
When I was on my ship, our division officer had an obscure title and one you wouldn’t go over in any meaningful way in other fields in other training.
We had one officer who was prior enlisted lab tech corpsman. He would only listen to the chief or the e-6 if he were the only on available, maybe.
We know because we TRIED to give him the lay of the land. He blew us off and said he’d talk to the Chief.
We had deployment group meeting with all of us that did our job with Full bird Captain on the carrier and Ensign Cheesedick sat dead center slack-jawed, with kneepads on under his khakis. The Captain asked him to name one of the five things his job title was responsible for…
“Hell, I don’t know sir!”
All the way from the back I could see our E-6 facepalm and shaking his head in embarrassment.
This sort of stupidity on his part was a pattern. One time he was hungover/sick at an Officers call with the Captain and the other officers. He sharted bad.
The Ensign standing next to him hated his guts…
“OMG! Mustachio shit himself! (He looked like a hillbilly rat with pornstache.)”
That only made it worse and he had to run out formation crapping his pants the whole way back into the ship to change.
That guy would tell that story to anyone who would listen.
We never stopped listening.
My next officer was fresh out of the merchant marine academy and it his first day meeting us.
“Sir, you’re the Information Warfare Officer on this vessel, do you know what that means?”
“No CTT2 Fu, I don’t.”
“You’re in charge of these 5 things and if you know your job, people will assume you know your shit because all the other officers come here and ask us stuff to stump the other officers with.”
“Really! Thanks! What are they?”
as he pulls out his green note book with a pen and hanging on my every word. Every time a better officer job opened on the ship, he got it. It didn’t hurt that the Merchant Marine Academy trained him how to drive and navigate like no one’s business.
Some officers don’t get it and go their whole careers believing their only job is to convince their boss he’s really great at his job.