What did we learn today children?  

ByteChaser2 52M
2834 posts
12/11/2005 9:48 pm

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What did we learn today children?

This one's going to be kinda short. There's some "between the lines" stuff that only you can get for yourself... And in the interest of allowing you to read what I'm NOT going to write, it's to be brief.

So, I'm on this Navy ship years ago, traversing the Atlantic on my way to some exercise in Norway. I'm a young NCO, leading a squad of Marines.

As the crossing is a weeks long litany of flight operations and classroom training sessions, alternating between stuffed in the berthing bay and roaming the ship searching out something to do for 3 weeks, I had opportunity to meet with quite a few Sailors and fellow Marines.

Often these meets were just to say hi, see what this other person did for the mission, learn a little something. Less often it was to berate some errant youngster for some infraction or another, you know... just to keep a sense of order and discipline.

Anyway, there were quite a few people who knew me. They'd see me in the passageways or in the hanger deck smoking a cigarette. They'd stop to say hi, chat a bit... and sometimes, a post berated shipmate would stop to let me know that they'd corrected whatever deficiency they'd been accosted for.

There was one day that I was called to the Chiefs mess (where the Senior enlisted sailors and Marines would congregate for meals and such) by the Chief of the boat - the big guy...

He was pissed. Livid! Flabby jowls all pink and jiggly... Spit flying from his mouth as he complained: "I passed one of your Marines on the weather deck and the maggot didn't know who I was!".

To which I simply and calmly replied, "Funny... All your sailors know who I am." and walked away.


rm_sj365 55F
2414 posts
12/12/2005 6:05 am

*squinting at the stuff in between*


rm_DaisyGirl60 56F

12/12/2005 8:38 pm

That to get the respect expected, rank is not enough, show your face and interest in those who are your comrads. Obviously he sucked as a CO.


ByteChaser2 52M

12/12/2005 9:15 pm

Too obscure I suppose... I'll have to work on that


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