In the wild seas of military necessity, the US Navy is setting a new course, driven by the stark reality of empty bunks and quiet mess halls.

The brass is feeling the heat, staring down a gaping hole where 7,000 fresh recruits should be.

In a move that’s got eyebrows arching and lips pursed, the Navy’s flipping the script, ditching the age-old demand for a high school sheepskin to welcome aboard those who’ve walked a different path.

A Pragmatic Response to Recruitment Challenges

The decision to let go of the rigid enlistment criteria is a nod to the relentless tide of recruitment challenges.