Shore Duty Versus Sea Duty

In the Navy, we generally have two different kinds of billets, sea duty and shore duty. I just switched over to the former and it is demanding. What I am trying to say is that I may be posting (as you can surely tell) in a drastically scantier (word-wise) fashion. Ex Bootneck and America’s Sergeant Major are doing a bang-up job in my absence. So much so that surely one or five of you must be thinking I hope that Navy guy stays away. Sort of like the substitute teacher thing in grade school. As usual, thanks to them and to you, for visiting.

Ladies, Do Learn How to Use a Gun

Call 911Courtesy of America’s Sergeant Major, this next story is the millionth reminder of why self-reliance is important. And learning how to use a gun can save your life:

An Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldn’t be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place because of budget cuts.

Oregon Public Radio reports that an unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only allows the department to be open Monday through Friday.

“Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there,” the 911 dispatcher told the woman. “You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?”

 Time to cross Josephine County off the retirement list.

Lift with Your Lance Corporals

I work with a Marine Corps Master Sergeant whose desk is adorned with a sign that says: Don’t lift with your back, lift with your Lance Corporals.

The Marines certainly have all sorts of snappy slogans:

The View Never Changes. USMC

I must thank America’s Sergeant Major for the tip. Despite the very personal fact that he just started his latest post with We are pretty hard on new Lieutenants. . .

More Than Fencing or Kendo

America’s Sergeant Major visited an Arizona training center to practice the real world application of a weapon and the human combative behaviors which drive it. In this case, it was Western style swordsmanship:

America's Sergeant Major, more than fencing or kendo at the Spartan Training Center
America’s Sergeant Major

 Go here to read of ASM’s battles at the Spartan Training Center.

America’s 1st Sergeant Becomes America’s Sergeant Major

Promotion is a fact of life in the military. I’ve seen some Sailors stagnate at a rank because they like and enjoy its duties. And they do not desire to take on more leadership roles. Compare this with the British military who allow for terminal Corporals and Sergeants.

Still, there are certain ranks that immediately confer respect. Among those is Sergeant Major. And a fellow blogger just pinned it on. Congratulations America’s Sergeant Major:

America’s 1st Sergeant Becomes               America’s Sergeant Major

 Us here in the Navy salute you, SGM, and stand ready to ferry you and your boys around. As usual. All we ask for is five hots and an extra-long cot.

I guess my days of joking about the Gilmore Girls are over. . .