“I found out many years later (after doing some research on ships I was stationed on) that no less than 6 other people from IB went aboard the same and ended up in the same Radio Shack as RMs....and never once had a conversation about it till I discovered the data.
To this day I dont discuss what we did in school or what the mission was - unless the person was in the same field, we may feel each other out etc....”
I think that I heard of similiar rumors of CTA’s serving as a Captain’s yeoman, with no watches when in home port. Often making more money as a lowly PO with pro pay, sea duty pay, and haz. duty pay than the junior officers on the ships.
It was rumored, that the CO’s of these A’s made it very clear to the senior petty officers and other officers, that these A’s only reported to the CO. In other words, no bs and leave them alone.
It was rumored, that the COs of these As
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I am talking ‘drop outs’.
I (pat yourself on back) was the better of the lot as far as code copying RM etc, but a lot of IB dropouts became SM and a few FT/GM’s....
One reason ‘we’ were kept in Communications was because it required a full BI just to get accepted to CT school and it basically followed you, because it was the ‘full monty’. I hung around USN another 7 or so years and don’t recall ever filling out the ‘paper work’ again, and that included one gruesome tour at OPNAVCOMM - which ‘drove me out’ as I ‘loved’ Sea Duty.