from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A metallic plate placed about the smoke-stack or the furnace of a marine engine, to protect the wood of the deck.
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"That really gives us the flexibility at the deck-plate level to ensure we have the correct people and skills onboard for evolutions and inspections," said Electronics Technician 1st Class (SW / AW) Douglas Kent, a leading petty officer in the Combat Systems Department.
Still, even reducing or eliminating those programs won't reduce the budget to where Obama wants it so that leaves deficiencies at the deck-plate level -- affecting the average airman, sailor, soldier or Marine.
For example, leading petty officers will be graded in leadership and communication traits, and on how well they work and communicate within the "deck-plate triad."