I like naval tradition. It keeps us grounded. Our Navy’s been around for a couple of dollars, a quarter, a nickel, and some pennies (if I did my math right.) And sometimes our uniform is more impressive than other at times:
The flat hat was in the Bluejackets’ seabag for over one hundred years from 1852 until April 1, 1963. Cost and availability of materials led to its demise as a uniform item. The hat band, called a “talley” originally displayed a sailor’s unit. Prior to World War II, in January 1941, the unit name was replaced with U.S. Navy (or U.S. Coast Guard) for security of ship movements.
Ahh, the flat hat, glad we jettisoned the thing. That poor Petty Officer on the left looks like he has a black halo over his head. I’m not sayin’ he’s an angel or anything. He’s probably not. But all for the best, we don’t need angels in the Navy, just worker bees.
Darn, now I am all conflicted!
If you are an actual real-deal angel and not some goodie-two-shoes, we can use you and your supernatural gifts. But otherwise, no thanks.
I sure am glad I blog anonymously, that last sentence could get real dicey in terms of wardroom chortles. (If you are an angel and in the Navy, please email me. No jokes! Real angels only. . .)
Maybe I gotta cut down on watching too many Supernatural episodes on the ol’ CW.
Hand Salute: Coffeypot for the Bluejacket link.