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To: <1/1,000,000th%
My dad was on subs back in the ‘50’s. They used to tell the new crewmembers that they had to get out on the boat and sit on the prow to watch for obstructions in the water. The new crewmembers would walk out a ways and run back into the boat. My dad was an Olympic swimmer who really enjoyed the ride. That’s the first time anyone actually did it that anybody knew about.

Mail Buoy Watch was another tradition. We had a Foul Weather bell up on the forward starboard catwalk off the flightdeck. The guys on the Bridge could see it fine including the old man. You placed a Noob there and said now if you see a Buoy you ring the bell and wave your hands frantically at that guy up there on the bridge. We sent noobs around for a Bucket of Steam, a Light Bulb repair Kit and the best was a BT Punch. A BT was a Boiler Tech. noob came back and says everybody just laughed and hit my arm. In todays PC world I imagine tacking on a persons Crow { Hitting The Eagle on a new NCO’s rank insignia} would be punishable now.

We did have several swim calls where the Captain stopped the ship and we got to swim. The tough part was we had to climb down a cargo net from the hanger deck to the water and back up. There were Marines watching with rifles in case sharks popped up LOL.

37 posted on 06/24/2012 4:53:43 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: cva66snipe

You forgot sending a noob to get x number of feet of waterline. :-)


43 posted on 06/24/2012 5:39:28 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (I wanna start a Seniors' Motor Scooter Gang. Wanna join?)
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To: cva66snipe

Oh, and sending a noob to get some relative bearing grease.


46 posted on 06/24/2012 5:59:28 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (I wanna start a Seniors' Motor Scooter Gang. Wanna join?)
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To: cva66snipe

We had them get upper relative bearing grease and water hammers.


48 posted on 06/24/2012 6:04:53 PM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: cva66snipe
When I was with the 3rd Marines back in the 70’s, all the boots who reported in were given the treatment. The most popular one was to tell the new boot when he asked why did some of the other Marines have a red stripe on there utility uniform. So we told them that it was for volunteering to pull butts for the Flame thrower. Told them that they would get hazardous duty pay. A few wanted to know how to volunteer, so we would tell them to go over to the HQ and see the Sgt Major. As the Sgt. Major was a former Drill Instructor, well you can imagine what that was like for the new boot.
54 posted on 06/24/2012 7:27:09 PM PDT by JimC214
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To: cva66snipe

LOL!

That’s pretty good.

And thank you for your service.


61 posted on 06/24/2012 9:59:26 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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