To be fair, some of the very best officers I have worked for (in the purple environment) were RAN. But also one or two of the worst as well. One of the worst was a submariner. It was an absolute pleasure to work for my last RAN boss, we were instinctively on the same page. I was an Army WO1, she was a LCDR.I’ll be honest - you couldn’t pay me enough to serve in the RAN. There’s a very good reason why they’re short of experienced Senior Rates and mid-seniority Officers…
In my last posting I had three CPOs working for me; one was a star and got commissioned (later, after being promoted to WO) and the other two were on psych drugs, the details of which I was not allowed to know. Many POs and LSs were brilliant also, although we lost a lot of very good people at their six year point.
All of that was in a fairly specialised area though.