Maritime Extinction

Maritime Extinction

By: Robert “Okie Bob” Layton

Let me be clear I’m not talking about the endangered Marine species such as Whales, Manatees, Sea Turtles and Sharks. That’s a whole different subject. What I’m concerned about is the elimination of the United States Sailor the “USN Blue Jacket”.

Well looks like the Navy has shit canned its 91 enlisted ratings in favor of a gender neutral Navy. The change was approved by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. It began by a directive from Mabus to find gender-neutral ratings titles that stripped the word “man” from the rating IE “Corpsman”. Remember POTUS had a hard time pronouncing the word Corpsman!
In an effort to be more inclusive to women sailors Mabus issued a directive to strip the word “man”.

What a bunch of hypocrites are we going to replace the word woman because its got the word “man” in it, or maybe female because it’s got “male” in it? How about the commending term “Shipmate”?

Jesus fucking Christ!!!– when is this PC shit going to stop? Maybe we can be like schools and have neutral heads onboard ship. We already are giving birth on board! I’m sure our commander in chief and Mabus applauds to that!
The almost 8 years of Purging out the military has made sure that only the best liberal thinking cronies are holding top jobs.

Am I old and fear change? Could be

Like the sailors before me do I perceive changes as Bad for the Navy? Maybe

Will my beloved Navy sink into the depths of political correctness? We are going to have to do some serious bailing!

As a retired Master Chief thirty years removed from my service, ignored for being antiquated, unwanted like a broken-down athlete, and muted because of inappropriate dialogue. I can only observe– for I am not longer in the decision making process.
I feel my Nautical uniqueness among my military brethren has been stolen away by official Navy Policy change.

I am fearful that the future sailors will have lost identities. No heritage, and like a bastard child no parental guidance!

The exclusivity of being a sailor will be forever lost. New expressions invented to portray all-inclusive military with a one world goal.

I worry that our nautical heritage is doomed for extinction.

A hundred years from now will the old sailors of my day be looked back on as the unenlightened? We can only guess!

Passing on of the traditions of the sea have been the mainstay of the US Navy.
Those distinctive customs unique only to the Navy instilled pride in the Blue Jacket.
Our uniform, our talk, our way of life, our mission is distinctively different from the other services!

That was our arrogance, our reason for becoming a sailor.

The bean counters in Washington have no clue as to the mind set of true sea going sailors for they have not stood the watches and faced the ocean tempest.

Putting on the dress blues, bell bottom pants, thirteen buttons with wallet over the top, cigarettes in your socks, spit shined shoes, white piping tight jumper, liberty cuffs, rolled neckerchief and topped with tilted rolled white hat was standard issue for the sea going sailors of my day.

One thing that made the distinctiveness was the Petty Officer Crow with the rating insignia over the chevron. Be it crossed Guns for Gunner’s Mate or Wings and Propeller for Aviation Machinist’s Mate, add a red or gold hash marks and Navy unit identification mark on the shoulder [USS Haze Gray and underway] gave it that special swagger for any sailor hitting the beach.

Stripping away the distinctive Sailor Ratings is just a step to put all the services into one big bag. A Shit Bag!!!

Fifty years ago as an undesignated striker I worked hard to earn the title of Aviation Machinist’s Mate Jet Engine Mechanic [ADJ3]. Years later after I was promoted to Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman [AFCM] I still identified myself with the old designation for I earned the right to call myself an “Aviation Machinist’s Mate”.

No bean counting, brown nose, suck up SOB, in Washington can ever touch that. If they want to reinvent themselves and do away with Naval designations and become gender neutral let em have it. This is not what I remember the US Navy as being. I would most certainly not recommend the present Navy to any red blooded American Male or Female.

As for me? when ask what I was in the Navy? I always answer unhesitating first—– “I was an Aviation Machinist’s Mate”

The salt gets in your soul and can change a rural farm boy into a shipmate forever!

Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman
Robert L Layton USN Ret.

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13 thoughts on “Maritime Extinction

  1. Terry Killham USN Retired says:

    I agree 100%. I am a retired Master Chief Avionics Technician (AVCM), but when asked what kind of sailor I was I reply that I was an AT.

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  2. Robert Hagarty says:

    AMEN MASTER CHIEF, MY RATING WAS GONE A FEW YEARS AGO. 24YEARS REGULAR AND RESERVE RETIRED AS A 2nd CLASS RADIOMAN. I CAN’T REMEMBER HOW MANY TIMES I TOOK TEST FOR 1st BUT PASSED EACH TIME BUT THE PNA ALWAYS CAME UP. NO HOPE OF EVER MAKING FIRST LET ALONE CHIEF. I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER AND CHANGED RATE. OH WELL THE MEDICAL BENNIES ARE GOOD.

    Sent from my iPad.

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  3. Earl Densten RMCS(SS) Retired says:

    Thanks Master Chief, You hit the nail on the head, could not have said it any better. I think it started a few years ago when they did away with the CPO initiation.
    Earl Densten RMCS(SS) Retired

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  4. G.E. Reilly says:

    AMEN Will the Sec Navy now be called just Secretary?
    Will the money they save on Ratings badges be spent on Transgender Heads??

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  5. Doc Savage says:

    Well said, shipmate! Things have changed so drastically in the eyes of this 30-year ADCS (jet) Mustang CDR, because it ain’t my navy any more. Agree that I could not recommend the sea service to a youngster anymore. At the moment, I have a granddaughter LT on a DDG out of Pearl and a grandson CWO2 on a Gator boat out of Little Creek and the the PC “diversity” is the biggest issue in their daily lives… I retired in ’81 and have watched things go downhill politically ever since.

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  6. Richard L Alger says:

    in 1955 I pulled on my first jumper with pride, I became a QM striker on an old smoke boat I wore with pride my 3 white strips of an SN and my silver dolphins as time when on I CHANGED RATING TO ET,and eventually made “THE HAT” [that is how we identified making chief] and later made warrant as an ELECTECH I retired in 1979 [CWO4] I am privileged to have served my 24 yrs in the REAL NAVY
    CWO4 RICK ALGER ret silver 1956 gold 1970

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  7. Dick Lemon says:

    Retired sea going sailor (BTCS) served on 8 ships, as you said “Those idiot landlovers in DC have not a clue what is real Navy”

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  8. jfthomas70 says:

    I totally agree. Although I was only in 4 years and never went to sea, I understand your point. ETN2 68-72, vietvet, in country. It is sad that WE are being reduced to nothing by a bunch of clowns I wouldn’t trust to shine my shoes.

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  9. John Croix, MMCS(SW),ret 1961-1988 says:

    Senior Chief Machinist Mate, Surface Warfare, United States Navy, retired. I earned every bit of that title and I’ll be Damned if they think they can take it away from me.
    As I said in my younger days FTN!!

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  10. Glenn Stang says:

    The rating may be gone but I’m still here. BTC 1960-1989. My plate in Punchbowl says BTC as that’s what my last wife married as a BT2. BT forever. Screw them all on PC bs. Been retired for a while. Not my circus anymore. Not my monkeys either.

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  11. Scott Muranko says:

    You hit the nail square on the head Master Chief. My son is a 4th generation Sailor. As you can imagine, we are extremely proud of him. I retired in 2005 after a successful 20 year as a Submarine Yeoman.

    In 1989, I was converted from PN3(SS) to YN2(SS) as the Navy made the decision to remove the PN rating from serving in submarines. Yet they kept the rating around until after I retired and changed it to Personnel Specialist (PS) from Personnelman.

    Unfortunately, our country has lost its way. We are hamstrung by political correctness and afraid to stand up for what is right and what is wrong. We feign indignation over sports team mascots that may be racially insensitive, yet when it comes down to it, we ignore the true plight of the Native Americans who experienced genocide at an unprecedented level, yet are confined to reservations living in substandard conditions and facing drug and alcohol abuse epidemics.

    Our country’s leadership is a bunch of shitbags. The entire lot of them. It doesn’t matter what side of the pulpit they preach from – as long as they can generate controversy to spin their agendas in a manner in which they can get re-elected. Unfortunately, that mentality has crept into the corporate environment and to your point – shunned and unwanted like a broken athlete because you don’t play the PC game. Trust me – I have been a victim of the same mentality. The world we live in today is so concerned about hurting someone’s feelings that they have removed our ability to say what needs to be said. Instead, we are faced with being blackballed or pigeon holed for not saying what they want to hear.

    YNCS(SS) Retired

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  12. Greetings Master Chief Layton,

    I served 59 through 68. Was a Nuke Electrician’s Mate on submarines. First of all I would like to thank you for your service.
    Had to leave the service due to wife having cancer with 2 small kids. Built submarines in Mississippi after leaving the service.
    All I can say is relax. It is what it is. I remember how every one got worked up about shit canning dungarees on FBM subs. Nothing changed. It’s the person not the uniform who makes the difference.

    All the best!

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