I’m writing military fiction and would like some advice:
Every military commander needs to be trustworthy, loyal, reliable, confident, etc. But it seems that a submarine requires leaders of unique traits. The following traits are my own guesses (I’ve never served in the military, never been aboard a navy submarine) - can someone tell me if I’m guessing right or not?
- A submarine commander needs to be especially trustworthy, since his submarine can or will disappear for weeks or months with little or no communication, once it slips below the waves - who knows whether orders will be disobeyed? A Hunt-for-Red-October situation won’t happen, but the commander still needs to be someone who will obey all orders 100%, absolutely 100%, to the letter, even more so than other military folks. His superiors must have full and absolute trust in him.
- A submarine commander needs to be very autonomous, decisive and self-reliant, since - again - his boat can or will disappear for weeks or months with little or no communication. He needs to be someone who can and will decide things and think for himself very well - and he must be able to make decisions instantly.
- A submarine commander needs to be especially precise, since submarines are, by their very nature, in an unforgiving situation - being underwater is dangerous and mistakes can be far more lethal to an undersea crew than to the crew of a surface frigate or cruiser, etc.
Last question: With all that, is it more difficult to rise to the command of a submarine than to rise to the command of just about anything else in the military?