Random Stuff, part 422…

The Navy, then and now… For better or worse…

Then – If you smoked, you had an ashtray on your desk.
Now – If you smoke, you get sent outside and treated like a leper, if you’re lucky.

Then – Mail took weeks to come to the ship.
Now – Every time you get near land, there’s a mob topside to see if their cell phones work.

Then – If you left the ship it was in Blues or Whites, even in home port.
Now – The only time you wear Blues or Whites is for ceremonies.

Then – You wore bellbottoms everywhere on the ship.
Now – Bellbottoms are gone and 14 year-old girls wear them everywhere.

Then – You wore a Dixie cup all day, with every uniform.
Now – It’s not required and you have a choice of different hats..

Then – If you said “damn,” people knew you were annoyed and avoided you.
Now – If you say “damn” you’d better be talking about a hydroelectric plant.

Then -The Ships Office yeoman had a typewriter on his desk for doing daily reports (And you only did them ONCE).
Now – Everyone has a computer with Internet access and they wonder why no work is getting done.

Then – We painted pictures of pretty girls on airplanes to remind us of home.
Now – We put the real thing in the cockpit.

Then – Your girlfriend was at home, praying you would return alive.
Now – She is on the same ship, praying your condom worked.

Then – If you got drunk off duty, your buddies would take you back to the ship so you could sleep it off (and if you were lucky, it would even be the RIGHT ship).
Now – If you get drunk off duty, they slap you in rehab and ruin your career.

Then – Canteens were made out of steel and you could heat coffee or hot chocolate in them.
Now – Canteens are made of plastic, you can’t heat them because they’ll melt, and anything inside always tastes like plastic.

Then – Our top officers were professional sailors first. They commanded respect (AMEN).
Now – Our top officers are politicians first. They beg not to be given a wedgie.

Then – They collected enemy intelligence and analyzed it.
Now – They collect our pee and analyze it.

Then – If you didn’t act right, they’d put you on extra duty until you straightened up (BTDT).
Now – If you don’t act right, they start a paper trail that follows you forever.

Then – Medals were awarded to heroes who saved lives at the risk of their own.
Now – Medals are awarded to people who show up for work most of the time.

Then – You slept in a barracks, like a soldier.
Now – You sleep in a dormitory, like a college kid.

Then – You ate in a Mess Hall or Galley. It was free and you could have all the food you wanted (and it really wasn’t bad).
Now – You eat in a Dining Facility. Every slice of bread or pat of butter costs, and you can only have one (and it’s pretty bad).

Then – If you wanted to relax, you went to the Rec Center , played pool, smoked and drank beer.
Now -You go to the Community Center and can still play pool, maybe.

Then – If you wanted a quarter beer and conversation, you could go to the Chief’s or Officers’ Club.
Now – The beer will cost you three dollars and someone is watching to see how much you drink.

Then – The Exchange had bargains for sailors who didn’t make much money.
Now – You can get better merchandise and cheaper at Wal-Mart.

Then – If an Admiral wanted to make a presentation, he scribbled down some notes and a YN spent an hour preparing a bunch of charts.
Now – The Admiral has his entire staff spending days preparing a Power Point presentation.

Then – We called the enemy things like “Commie Bastards” and “Reds” because we didn’t like them.
Now – We call the enemy things like “Opposing Forces” and “Aggressors or Insurgents” so we won’t offend them.

Then – We declared victory when the enemy was dead and all his things were broken.
Now – We declare victory when the enemy says he is sorry and won’t do it again..

Then – A commander would put his butt on the line to protect his people.
Now – A commander will put his people on the line to protect his butt.

A Great Quote From A Sailor:

“I take exception to everyone saying that Bernanke, Obama, Reid and
Pelosi are spending like drunken sailors.. When I was a drunken
sailor, I quit spending when I ran out of money.”


Random Stuff, part 422… — 11 Comments

  1. Thank God we still have warriors getting the job done. How much better they can do, if they don’t have to fight their own people, we can only guess.

  2. I think we’d default back to the way things were if there was a shooting war of WW2 scope. Today, the wars are loose-loose no matter our accomplishment. We deal with Hajji cess pools where nothing can be accomplished and we waste American lives for NOTHING.

  3. It’s a little known Navy secret but:

    THEN: If a sailor spent some time at sea and wanted a little “Female Companionship”, he headed into town and spent a few “Bongo Bucks”.

    NOW: If a sailor spends some time at sea and wants the same, he heads aft to a “Special” room in female berthing and spends half his paycheck for the same.

  4. When I was in the Air Force, all unit commanders were rated and frequently had combat experience. We still have WW2 veterans, mostly at senior levels. The Colonel commanding my unit was a WW2 and Korea vet. He flew P-47s in Europe and F-86s over Korea.

    Those folks didn’t put up with BS. The mission came first and politics last. The Generals handled the politics and let the Colonels get the job done.

    Yes, a different time.

  5. WSF- We do, IN SPITE of the politics…

    CS- yep!


    Indy- point! Hookers are cheaper!

    Crucis- same here, except Navy

    DiMw/Fuzzy- Yep!

  6. Regarding your top picture, with the Buff. It’s probably older than the crew flying it. Still a very capable warbird, but in itself, very old.

    Word verification: hotious. Ha!

  7. Can ya shoot me a copy of that one to the email address at my blogger account? I have a bunch of young former AF coworkers here in the desert that have absolutely no idea. And one former hornette guy from Lemoore.
    And we was both of us in that old Navy!!!!!!!!!!
    Things started to go to shit with jimmie the dhimmi, don’tcha think?