A Sailors Traits
• A sailor will lie and cheat to get off the ship early and will have no idea where he wants to go.
• Sailors are territorial. They have their assigned spaces to clean and maintain. Woe betide the shipmate who tracks through a freshly swabbed deck.
• Sailors constantly complain about the food on the mess-decks while concurrently going back for second or third helpings.
• You can spend four years on a ship and never visit every nook and cranny or even every major space aboard. Yet, you can know all your shipmates.
• Starbucks Frappuccino and a sausage egg burrito taken in the morning is an excellent hangover remedy.
• E5 is the almost perfect military pay grade. Too senior to catch the crap details, too junior to be blamed if things go awry.
• Almost every port has a “gut.” An area teeming with cheap bars, easy women and partiers. Kind of like Bourbon St., but with foreign currency.
• Contrary to popular belief, Chief Petty Officers do not walk on water. They walk just above it.
• Sad but true, when visiting even the most exotic ports of call, some sailors only see the inside of the nearest pub.
• Also under the category of sad but true, that lithe, sultry Persian beauty you spent those wonderful three days with and have dreamed about ever since, is almost certainly a grandmother now and buying her clothes from Omar the Tent maker.
• A sailor can, and will, sleep anywhere, anytime.
• Yes, it’s true, it does flow downhill.
• In the traditional “crackerjack” uniform you were recognized as a member of United States Navy, no matter what port you were in. Damn all who want to eliminate or change that uniform.
• The Marine dress blue uniform is, by far, the sharpest of all the armed forces.
• Most sailors won’t disrespect a shipmate’s mother. On the other hand, it’s not entirely wise to tell them you have a good looking sister.
• Sailors and Marines will generally fight one another, and fight together against all comers.
• If you can at all help it, never tell anyone that you are seasick.
• Check the rear pockets of a sailor. Right pocket a wallet. Left pocket a book.
• The guys who seemed to get away with doing the least, always seemed to be first in the chow-line and liberty line.
• General Quarters drills and the need to evacuate one’s bowels often seem to coincide.
• Speaking of which, when the need arises, the nearest head is always the one which is secured for cleaning.
• Three people you never screw with: the doc, the cook and the ship’s barber.
• Do snipes ever get the grease and oil off their hands?
• Never play a drinking game which involves the loser paying for all the drinks.
• There is only one good ship the one you’re going to.
• Whites, coming from the cleaners, clean, pressed and starched, last that way about 30 microseconds after donning them. The Navy dress white uniform is a natural dirt magnet.
• Sweat pumps operate in direct proportion to the seniority of the official visiting.
• “Pride and professionalism” trumps “Fun and zest” any day.
• The shrill call of a bosun’s pipe still puts a chill down my spine.
• Three biggest lies in the Navy: We’re happy to be here; this is not an inspection; we’re here to help.
• Everything goes in the log.
• Rule 1: The Captain is always right. Rule 2: When in doubt refer to Rule 1.
• A wet napkin under your tray keeps the tray from sliding on the mess deck table in rough seas, keeping at least one hand free to hold on to your beverage.
• A guy who doesn’t share a care package from home is no shipmate.
• When transiting the ocean, the ship’s clocks are always advanced at 0200 which makes for a short night. When going in the opposite direction, the clocks are retarded at 1400 which extends the work day.
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Thanks, a good sea story never gets old
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