Normally, I would make up some funny Navy joke and insert it here, but Miss Culpo’s talent is playing the cello. And the US Navy stopped accepting cellists into our ranks back when we had our last wood shortage in March of 1794. Is it a coincidence that this ship, still in service today, was commissioned that very month? Old Ironsides must of taken a lot of wind instruments to build. On a breezy day, you can still hear Vivaldi’s Four Seasons blowin’through her sails.
Ms. Olivia Culpo, a Boston University sophomore (home to the USS Constitution), probably knows this better than us.
I work with a Senior Chief who strongly considered submitting her “application” for orders to the USS Constitution, Old Ironsides. She had an inside track, someone whom she knew (in the Senior Enlisted community) that was encouraging her to forward her name for consideration. The Senior Enlisted Leader (SEL) billet on Old Ironsides is highly competitive and I don’t doubt that she would have been excellent. In the end, she passed on the job. She did not want to move.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. –John Stewart Mill