This was submitted as a comment, but I’m elevating it to a post because what this midshipman says is so important:
As a senior midshipman here at the Academy, I was extremely disappointed with yesterday’s meeting, and specifically Admiral Helis’ comments. Insulting the regiment and telling us that we don’t think that there is a problem is beyond unprofessional, not to mention a waste of time. The regiment as a whole fully understands that this is a problem and wants to do everything it can to fix it, and not only restore sea year but make our campus better for everyone. Since June that is all we have been trying to do, despite our significantly little control in the matter. Our attitudes aren’t the problem. Calling us delusional won’t fix the problem either. It’s demoralizing since we as Midshipman, college students, and young adults give every ounce of our time, efforts, and faith to this Academy. Our only hope is to graduate one day and see all of our hard work pay off.
The bigger problem lies within Admiral Helis’ staff. Our campus is full of employees and “officers” that have committed acts of SASH against midshipman, yet still remain fully employed. My biggest concern is that if we truly have a ZERO tolerance policy, why do those members still work here? That doesn’t send a good message down from the top and destroys any hope for a foundation of trust with the leadership. Before the midshipman are blamed for this mess, look to the staff that have SASH reports filed against them. Once they are removed permanently, only then can we move forward to truly having a safer campus.