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Old 09-17-2009, 12:36 PM
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Well, seeing as though there are not many threads on here, ima break off with my most memorable moment in the NAVY, and that is where it all begins, BOOT CAMP Lets just say there is no lies out there in movies or tv shows that show them ripping people a new "one" as soon as you get off the bus. Learning new terminology like Pettie Officer, Chief, bulkhead, head, scuttlebutt, deck, learning to read the ranks correctly etc. So many more, but I will stop there. Learning how to march was a chore for the first couple days for everybody, learning how to make your rack properly, stow away your gear, folding your "skivvies" and tshirts together was a new one. I personnaly liked learning how to iron the military creases. I had my uniform crisp at all times... But in the end, in which the NAVY calls battle stations, made it the best experience I will probably ever have....HOOYAH!!! How about anybody else in the NAVY??? or MARINES, ARMY, AIR FORCE, COAST GUARD???
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My son is in the Navy . Signed him away to the government when he was 17 . Tried to talk him out of it . 6 years later hes a new man . Remember his street clothes being sent home in a cardboard box , going to Great Mistakes for his graduation , not having much communication the first 8 weeks he was gone . And yes , listening to him talk about going through battle stations . Hes presently at Mayport . Just finished his second tour out at sea . His new orders will be at Patuxent Naval Air station next year . Look forward to having him closer to home . Sucks only being able to see him a couple times a year . Well enough for now . Talk to ya soon . Tom
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My son is in the Navy . Signed him away to the government when he was 17 . Tried to talk him out of it . 6 years later hes a new man . Remember his street clothes being sent home in a cardboard box , going to Great Mistakes for his graduation , not having much communication the first 8 weeks he was gone . And yes , listening to him talk about going through battle stations . Hes presently at Mayport . Just finished his second tour out at sea . His new orders will be at Patuxent Naval Air station next year . Look forward to having him closer to home . Sucks only being able to see him a couple times a year . Well enough for now . Talk to ya soon . Tom
yeah i remember all that too...yeah my father was the same way...i signed at 17 right out of high school, and he was shocked at the choice i made...but when he started getting letters from boot camp, and pictures of me in uniform, he felt proud...now my brother is joining the ARMY, so my father is gonna go through it again....
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1. Never talk about battle stations
2. Never talk about battle stations

Battle stations....I didn't actually mind it. Even though in my group, I took two of the weighted duffels, road guard duty, and was the one screaming, cussing, ad bullying the females into keeping going, so that I didn't fail because they couldn't hack it.

I will admit, when I got my hat, and they called me shipmate for the first time....I cried, like a baby. (All of us did honestly).

I don't know about other branches, but for the Navy, that is the one experience that truly makes or breaks you.

Now, for sheer torture.....Shellback anyone?
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No shellback for me, but I did experience Bluenose. About the only thing I can say about that experience was that I have never been so thouroughly cold in my entire life. I sat on a torpedo nose cover filled with water and frozen for so long, I'm pretty sure I melted the entire block with my posterior. At the end (no pun intended), there was little distinguishing between my own skin and the color of my Navy coveralls!

I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Just like my Chief's initiation, sheer hell at the time, but looking back, it was great fun and a helluva learning experience!
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yeah, boot camp was a great experience...And yeah, I did cry like a little punk when they gave me my hat...Some people were like, why??? It was a great accomplishment for me, and I felt proud, im mean damn, im a Sailor now, who is serving his country....Not many people are brave enough to step up and do that....
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I have been in the Canadian Navy for 12 years and I have 8 years seatime. It is all fantastic. I have been to the Persian Gulf, 2 x NATO in Europe, Africa, North Ploy, South Ploy to name a few. I have been to dozens of countries all over the world, but my most amazing port visit was this past spring we went to New York for fleet week it was absolutely amazing all dressed up in 1A's. We didn't pay for a drink or a meal. Met some of the nicest persons ever in New York. Went to a few biker/tough guy bars and we were treated like gold. We were turned away from the 40/40 club. we started to walk away and this guy asks us where were going we said back to the ship as we weren't allowed in he told us to wait a minute he said a few words to the doorman we were escorted in sat down and the beer started to flow like wine, when we were leaving a cab was waiting for us to take us back to Staten island. Took part in a memorial day parade in Brooklyn Canadian and American Flags flying everywhere. It was the best time I have had to date in the Navy.
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I joined the US Navy in 1962, went to boot camp at Great Lakes Camps Barry, Moffit, & Porter, graduated January 23rd 1963, next stop was NAS JAX Florida, several months of AO"A" school, next stop was San Diego California, transit at 32nd street, went to 2 different fire fighting schools. next stop USS Oriskany CVA 34 (I had to wait until JFK departed the ship), we left on an ORI, Operational Readiness Inspection, upon completion
we had a nice cruise, Hawaii, Subic Bay P.I., 4 Japanese ports of call, Hong Kong. & back to san diego, we went to Bremerton Washington for an ships over haul for 6 months
& back to san diego again, then cruise #2, i was ready for some more ports of call & someone decided to join a damn war over in Viet Nam, i made 3 cruises to the Gulf of Tonkin
the guys in my company slept on bombs, we were always at General Quarters, our showers were always cold water, Dial soap was the only kind that would lather, most of us were covered in heat rash. OH BOY did we have fun, NOT.
did i mention, that i was in 'G' division, i was an airdale assigned to a aircraft carrier & played with missiles, bombs, rockets, 20MM, & a few things that can't be mentioned.
I left that carrier a happy guy in september 1966, smashed hand & all
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I was in the shallow water "navy"... the Coast Guard.

Boot camp was an experience, but looking back it was pretty much a mind screw, and not much else. I grew up as an Army brat, Dad even did a couple of tours as a drill instructor... so I went in with my eyes wide open.

I will admit that I also got misty eyed during the final parade. After I receive my orders to York Town, VA for EM "A" school it really sank in that I was now a "coastie".

Did 2 yrs on a Cutter (some would call it a ship, others a boat, I just called her the Tam)in New Hampshire. then after she was decomissioned I went to a search and rescue station in Connecticut. I got tired of the BS and the politics (if I'd of listened to my detailer....) of a land station and got out when it was time.

I had some good times, made some even better friends, and it was an experience that I'll never forget. I believe it helped me to become the person that I am today.

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I worked with MU III my last trip. I also went to EOD School, which is Navy run. I had a hell of time with learning Navy, Airforce, and Marine ranks as young E-4! I dont know how many push ups I did for calling the Master Guns a "sergeant". In the Army from E-5 to E-8 it is acceptable to call them sergeant unless he or she was a First Sergeant. LOL

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