I'm in the Navy stationed onboard the Truman (CVN75) and I'm fed up with our completely unsure deployment schedule. We've been on a perpetual workup cycle for more than a year now. They told us 6 different times that we were definitely going on cruise on a specific date....only to say that they were unsure of the date as soon as everyone had made their predeployment arrangements! Thank god I'm not a family man or I would have gone crazy by now. Alot of my married friends are really going through it bad right now with such an unsure schedule, most moved their families back to their home of record when the command said that we were leaving for sure. (like they've been telling us since October) So now they're stuck either having to be without their family, paying to move their family back, finding new places to live or living on the ship. I know this is just a rant from a junior sailor but its really messing with people's lives and money. Not to mention the fact that since we're set to deploy whenever Washington figures out when and where they want us we have to keep requal'ing or ship and our airwing, which means we're out to sea for 2 weeks, in port for a couple days, out to sea for a month, in port for a week, out to sea for 3 days in port for 3 weeks, out to sea for 3 weeks, in port for 2 weeks, etc, etc. It's grinding my nerves real bad. Hell, the Ike came back from a deployment and left for another one in five months! Why couldn't the Battle 'E' Winning, Best CArrier on the Waterfront USS Harry S Truman have taken their spot? They just got back for fuck's sake, give the crew a break! Let them sit at home port and do carrier quals for flight school students while we're in the gulf taken ass and kicking names! I want to go send some ordinance off the pointy end damnit!
::Rant over, thank you for your time::