The ESWS lobbied the government on issues of pensions.
Most interestingly, the ESWS were concerned with defending the masculinity of shell-shocked men.
The ESWS is a 20-item instrument used to assess strength of belief in a divine power (religious well-being) and to measure the magnitude of life direction and satisfaction (existential well-being).
We used one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) to compare ESWS scores by sex, years in practice, size of community, location of residency, and type of practitioner (resident, faculty, or community physician).
According to Randle, Tarawa Sailors averaged about two months of preparation and study before going in front of the ESWS
and EAWS review boards.
It's a tremendous milestone to achieve for each Sailor," said fire control officer LTJG Andrew Schimenti, who had several Sailors preparing for their ESWS pins.
Studying for ESWS starts as soon as a new Sailor checks on board.
Although personnel turn over very quickly when assigned to 12 or 18 month tours, since October 2003, twenty-four Concord personnel have qualified to wear their ESWS pin.
The ESWS training program, spearheaded by Senior Chief Storekeeper (SW/AW) Anthony Clemons and Chief Operations Specialist (SW) Stephen Kimball, requires Concord officers and Sailors to obtain their warfare designation four months after reporting aboard.
Earning the ESWS pennant is no small chore for any crew.
The Ramage ESWS program is designed to enhance the Sailor's understanding of Ramage's systems and mission by maximizing their exposure to all shipboard systems, spaces and equipment while providing the most conducive atmosphere in which motivated Sailors can excel.
Since Oscar Austin's commissioning in August 2000, nearly 75 percent of her Sailors have qualified in ESWS
and more are just a few signatures away from the end of a grueling, but rewarding qualification.