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Post by Claymore on November 6th 2013, 2:42 pm

Bruce, I like your attitude.

I can tell that you're a "Mustang".

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Post by joecool on November 6th 2013, 3:09 pm

Guilty as charged.

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Post by Claymore on November 7th 2013, 12:42 am

joecool wrote:Guilty as charged.
In the Army a Commissioned Officer who had previously been a NonCommissioned Officer is referred to as a "Mustang".

Is the same Monicor used in the Navy?

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Post by joecool on November 7th 2013, 10:47 am

Yep. Lots of ways in the Navy to become a Mustang. I was commissioned through the Limited Duty Officer program. It kept me within a certain field of expertise, rather than bouncing around like the typical line officers.

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Post by RRCmdrBennett on November 7th 2013, 7:39 pm

Joe did you ever cross the equator on a ship...?

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Post by joecool on November 7th 2013, 8:39 pm

Yes, I've had the pleasure meeting King Neptune up close and personal. Made the transition from pollywog to shellback. Kind of a silly ceremony, really, that sometimes brought out the worst in people. The worst part is that it lasted for hours and hours. As I understand, it's been cleaned up over the last decade. I'm also a ditch digger, having gone through the Panama Canal. Now THAT was a cool experience.

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Post by RRCmdrBennett on November 7th 2013, 10:21 pm

I'm familiar with polywag and shellback. I'm sure you're familiar with the cat and mouse chase, royal baby, and a shalailey (sp?)? I guess nowadays you gotta wear unisex capis to be politically correct.

Tell me more about the Panama Canal traditions.

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Post by joecool on November 7th 2013, 11:27 pm

There's a nice certificate and card that goes with being a ditch digger. Relatively speaking, the Panama Canal hasn't been around that long, so there aren't any traditions handed down from antiquity. By cool, I was referring to the actual experience of transiting the canal. It takes from sun up to sun down, and when you're a navigator, it's pretty intense. On our west transit, a killer of a wind storm came up just as we were approaching a lock. The pilot astounded us with his skill, going from flank speed to full astern, hard rudders, etc. When it was all over, we had just barely scratched the paint on our stem.

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Post by joecool on November 7th 2013, 11:37 pm

Since you broke off a military tradition thread, here's another one. My first ship was in port, and I went up to the bridge (my area of responsibility) after eating lunch. As soon as I stepped in, I could see another enlisted guy sitting in the captain's chair. NO ONE sits in that chair but the captain. I yelled at him to get out, but he didn't move. I walked over and noticed that he had cranked the chair all the way back and was sound asleep.

I gave him a tap on the shoulder, but all I got was snoring out of a wide open mouth. And then I got inspired. I looked around the window sills until I found it...a dead fly. Picked it up, walked over to the guy and dropped it in his mouth. Gave him another nudge, and he smacked his mouth a couple of times, and went back to snoring. Figuring that I had ably defended tradition, I left. Always wondered what happened when he woke up, though.

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Post by RRCmdrBennett on November 7th 2013, 11:47 pm

Nice. Sure beats the long way around.

What would happen to him if the Capt'n found him in his chair sleeping?

Did you retire from the Navy? What was your last rank?

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Post by joecool on November 8th 2013, 12:04 am

Depends on the captain, I guess. One guy might keel haul him and another captain might be nice and just assign him to 6-month's mess cooking (dishes, swabbing, etc.)

After 27 years, I retired a couple of weeks before 9/11. Was half-hoping to be recalled back to active duty. Started off enlisted, rising to chief petty officer and then was commissioned, finishing as LCDR. I get the impression you've sailed a sea or two?

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Post by RRCmdrBennett on November 8th 2013, 7:25 am

I was hoping to join the Navy to follow my dad's steps or USAF but was medically disqualified. I am a big supporter of military and veterans.

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Post by joecool on November 8th 2013, 9:11 am

Well, then, being a son of a sailor, here's another tradition. Did you ever get the chance to go on a Tiger cruise? My boys did it twice, riding the ship from Hawaii to San Diego as we returned from a deployment. My older son's favorite picture is one of him letting loose with a .50 cal.

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Post by RRCmdrBennett on November 8th 2013, 5:59 pm

Never have been on a Tiger cruise. Only .50 cal I've ever shot is a muzzleloader rifle.

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