navy recruits

The Navy Wants Men
Color lithograph
Published by The Mortimer Co., Limited (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.

navy recruiter:  son do you want to join the us navy

me:  well, gee, sir, I don’t think so

navy recruiter: what is holding you back

me:  I dont have any muscles

navy recruiter:  thats is ok.  we have many fishing boats in the us navy fleet that can fish for the mussels.  mussels are a homophone of muscles and, thus, this joke can be formed.  for more info on homophones, here is the wikipedia entry

There was a navy recruiter at my school. One of my friends was signing up for information, so I walked over and the guys starts talking to me.
Trying to flatter me he keeps saying I look like a smart guy, and after a minute of him telling me how much money I could make he handed me a book of information.
So I put it back and said “no thanks I don’t want to kill any trees.”
He tried handing it to me again so I put it back and said “No thanks I don’t want to kill any kids”

Hidden Herstory: Phyllis Mae Dailey, First African American in the U.S. Navy Nurses Corps

Photo: Phyllis Mae Dailey, second from the right, and others are sworn into the U.S. Navy Nurses Corps on March 8, 1945. 

Phyllis Mae Dailey was inducted on this day in 1945 into the Navy Nurses Corps. Dailey, pictured second from the right, was the first African American sworn in as a Navy nurse, following changes in Navy recruitment and admittance procedures that previously excluded black women from joining the Navy Nurse Corps. These discriminatory procedures were enacted by the U.S. Air Force as well, which had rejected Dailey prior. Dailey’s determination opened the door for many other black women to join the military nursing profession. 

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Part of the Narrative (2/17)

Emma Swan just wants to write the follow-up to her bestselling debut novel, that’s all. But when she gets off to a rough start with her new editor, Killian Jones, she knows it’s not going according to plan. Then, an unexpected figure from Emma’s past reappears and life begins to mirror the crime thriller she’s penning. Suspicion and secrets abound–but love might too. A writer/editor AU with a thriller twist.

Rated E. Story warnings: sexual content, kidnapping, some gore, violence, and minor character death–not to mention salty language! On Ao3 here.

Chapter warnings: swearing and plotting. 

First, a huge thank you to @sambethe, who is the best beta I could have ever asked for. And to @shady-swan-jones for the delightful banner. @bleebug did some incredible art for the first chapter, which you can check out here. Also, a huge thank you to @captainswanbigbang and everyone modding that for their tireless effort over the last 6+ months. Finally, to everyone who read, reblogged, liked, etc.–I was blown away and THANK YOU. Tagging @lenfaz and anyone else who asks me to!

Ch. 1

Chapter 2

Killian knows he has to fix things with Emma so they can work together, but that’s not the whole story.


Killian all but hit his head against the desk when Emma stomped out of his office. Fuck. This was…not good.

Bloody understatement of the year.

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Disclaimer: Before you write this theory off as crazy, like I myself did two years ago, please have an open mind and consider all of the following evidence before forming your opinion. And although I am a Lizzington shipper, this post is not overly or strictly Lizzington in it’s design or belief and does not intend to use this theory just to promote my ship. 

Also, if you still believe the ‘reveal’ at the end of 4.22 proving Red is Lizzie’s father (which used a 30 year old sample of blood from a yet to be proven Raymond Reddington) is the truth, I suggest you stop reading now.

One final note, it is long, and contains spoilers. Please be advised it will only open without crashing on a tablet or computer. Thank you.

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On this day in music history: September 1, 1967 - “The Rain, The Park & Other Things” by The Cowsills is released. Written by Artie Kornfield and Steve Duboff, it is the fifth single for the family band from Newport, RI. Formed in 1965 by brothers Bill, Bob and Barry Cowsill, who are 17, 14 and 8 at the time, display natural musical talent early on. With Bill and Bob teaching themselves how to play guitar and Barry initially on drums, they’re soon joined by their nine year old brother John on drums, with Barry switching to bass. and they begin performing at local school dances and church functions around Cleveland and Canton, OH where their father Bud works as a US Navy recruiter. Soon after, The Cowsills perform on local television in Cleveland after only a few months of playing live. Shortly after, they land a deal with JoDa Records, co-owned by singer Johnny Nash. The Cowsills release their first single “All I Really Wanta Be Is Me”, though it doesn’t chart nationally, it attracts the attention of Mercury Records, who sees the band perform on the “The Today Show”. Signed to Mercury’s Philips subsidiary, the band release “Most Of All” (#118 Pop) in July of 1966. After following it up with “Party Girl” and “A Most Peculiar Man”, the brothers’ are dropped from the label. Their management is taken over by Leonard Stogel. Connecting them with songwriter and producers Artie Kornfeld and Steve Duboff, they are impressed with the brothers. Kornfeld and Duboff write the song “The Rain, The Park & Other Things”, a slice of infectious psychedelic influenced bubblegum pop, featuring Bill on lead vocals and designed specifically to highlight their great vocal harmony talents. The track is recorded at A&R Studios in New York City, with the brothers being backed by ace New York studio players including Vinnie Bell, Charles Macy, Al Gorgoni (guitars), Joe Macho (bass), Paul Griffin (piano), Artie Butler (organ), Buddy Saltzman, Al Rogers (drums), George Deven (percussion) and Gene Blanco (harp). They take the finished recording to MGM Records who immediately love it and want to sign them, but with one caveat. Executives want the brothers to add their mother Barbara to the group, which the brothers are initially resistant to, but go along. MGM puts their full promotional muscle behind the record, and it takes off quickly. Entering the Hot 100 at #90 on September 30, 1967, it peaks nine weeks later at #2 on December 2, 1967, behind The Monkees’ “Daydream Believer”. It launches the family band into pop stardom, which expanded to also include siblings Paul and Susan. A 60’s classic, “The Rain” is later featured in the film “Dumb & Dumber” in 1994, sparking renewed interest in the song, also in The Cowsills themselves, whose lives become the inspiration for “The Partridge Family” TV series. “The Rain, The Park & Other Things” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Enlisted Ranks (Grades) - Navy and Coast Guard

Sorry for the unfinished version of this post that came up earlier - my laptop glitched and posted early!  Here’s the full post.

The Navy and the Coast Guard share a lot of traditions, one of which is having ranks (or, as these two services call them, “grades”) that bear no resemblance to those of our ground-pounding or air-watching brethren.  Much like the Army, however, you can always count on the fact that lower numbers = lower ranks.  Both the Navy and the Coast Guard will confuse things by having ratings as well as ranks, but we’ll stick with ranks here.

Where rank is worn depends on what uniform someone is in.  In a Navy dress uniform, the rank is shown via a rank/rating badge on the sleeve.  In the Coast Guard, enlisted members wear their rank insigna on both sleeves or on the collar, depending on the uniform.  In coveralls (shared by both services), any type of camo (aka, the soon-to-be-defunct “digie blues”, aka NWU or newer NWU type III), it’s worn on the collar.  Same thing with the black and tans.

Navy and Coast Guard uniforms are complicated; look for a post on that later.  (Or you can check Wikipedia; it’s strangely accurate on this!). For now, let’s go back to ranks.

E-1 thru E-3: Seamen (and its many varieties) 

E-1: Seaman Recruit
This is your mark 1, mod 0 guy/gal fresh into the service.  But because the Navy and the Coast Guard like to be complicated, the rank of E-1 has several variations:

Navy and Coast Guard:
Seaman Recruit (SR)
Fireman Recruit (FR)
Airman Recruit (AR)

Navy only:
Constructionman (CR)
Hospitalman (HR)

E-2: Seaman Apprentice
The Coast Guard advances new sailors straight to SA after graduating from boot camp.   The Navy automatically advances sailors after six months.   You can also jump straight to SA with enough time in a JROTC program.   Again, you get the same variants as above, which turn into SA, FA, AA, CA, and HA.

E-3: Seaman
Advancement is automatic, provided the CO approves.  For the Coast Guard, 6 months time in grade is required.  For the Navy, a Sailor must have one year’s time in service and at least 9 month’s time as a SA.  Again, we have the same variants as above, now SN, FN, AN, CN, and HN.

All three Seaman ranks are commonly referred to as “Seaman <insert name here>”, like “Seaman Schmucketelly”.  Someone is generally not referred to as “Seaman Recurit Schmucketelly”.

E-4 through E-6: Petty Officers

After advancing from Seaman, a Sailor must take advancement exams to reach the Petty Officer ranks (there are some specialty schools that will advance someone, but that’s part of the rating conversation).  These grades are:

(E-4) Petty Officer Third Class
(E-5) Petty Officer Second Class
(E-6) Petty Officer First Class

These ranks indicate increasing responsibility.  A Second Class or First Class may serve as a Work Center Supervisor, or a Leading Petty Officer in their division.  

Basic Promotion Requirements:

E-3 to E-4:
Coast Guard: CO’s recommendation, at least 6 months time-in-rate (TIR), or automatic upon graduation from either “A” school or a formal Striker Program.
Navy: CO’s recommendation, 6 months TIR, 2 years time-in-service (TIS), or sometimes automatic upon graduation from “A” school.

E-4 to E-5:
Coast Guard: CO’s recommendation, at least 6 months time-in-rate (TIR) and passing the advancement exam.
Navy: CO’s recommendation, 12 months TIR, 3 years time-in-service (TIS) and passing the advancement exam.

E-4 to E-5:
Coast Guard: CO’s recommendation, at least 12 years TIR and passing the advancement exam.
Navy: CO’s recommendation, 36 months TIR, 7 years TIS , Completion of the Navy Leadership Training Continuum (LTC), and passing the advancement exam.

Keep in mind that although the Coast Guard’s requirements look easier, promotion quotas exist.  Only so many sailors can be promoted each cycle, so the top performers are the ones who are advanced more quickly.  

Petty Officers can be addressed as “Petty Officer Schmucketelly”, but they’re usually referred to by their rate, such as “BM2 Schmucketelly” (Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Schmucketelly) or just “BM2″.  More on that in another post.

E-7 thru E-9: Chief Petty Officers

Chiefs are the backbone of the enlisted ranks in the Navy and the Coast Guard.  They’re sometimes a law onto themselves, and serve as the enlisted leadership in any ship or unit.  In order to make Chief Petty Officer (E-7), a Sailor must pass an exam and then their record goes before a promotion board.

Coast Guard: CO’s recommendation, at least 2 years TIR and passing the advancement exam.
Navy: CO’s recommendation, 36 months TIR, and 11 years TIS. [The TIS requirement can be waived for stellar candidates; I worked with a 7 year Chief who was one of the best I ever served with.]

(E-7) Chief Petty Officer
(E-8) Senior Chief Petty Officer
(E-9) Master Chief Petty Officer

Advancement from CPO to SCPO to MCPO depends entirely on record review, completion of leadership requirements, and TIR.

E-7 to E-8
Coast Guard: 2 years TIR
Navy: 36 months TIR

E-9 to E-9
Coast Guard: 2 years TIR and completion of a Senior Enlisted Academy
Navy: 36 months TIR and completion of a Senior Enlisted Academy

Master Chief and Senior Chief Petty Officers often serve as Senior Enlisted Advisors (SEL - usually Senior Chiefs), Chief of the Boat (subs), and Command Master Chiefs.  They are the CO’s primary adviser on enlisted affairs.  Although the CMC/COB/SEL won’t set policies, they’re the “bellybutton” of the command for enlisted morale, training, and other issues.  This individual serves closely with the CO and usually has a very frank and open relationship with him/her.

The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) is the senior enlisted member of the Navy.  Same with the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (MCPOCG).

Chief are addressed either as “Chief”, “Chief Schmucketelly”, or as “BMC” (Boatswain’s Mate Chief).

Senior Chiefs and Master Chiefs are generally just referred to as “Senior Chief” or “Master Chief”, with or without the addition of their name.

Other Enlisted Stuff:

Enlisted Sailors E-6 and below will often address one another with their last names, particularly ones that know one another well.  First names are very rarely used, particularly not on duty.  

No one will refer to a Chief as “sir” or “ma’am” - the immediate response from said Chief/Senior Chief/Master Chief will be that “I work for a living!”  

I’ve also referred to “Rates” a lot, and I do promise to work on another post for that one.  Basically, rates = specialties, and as is often said in the Navy, “Choose your rate, choose your fate”.  Once you’re rated, you’re in that rate for the rest of your career, unless you cross-rate to another one.

-LT Robin4