Sea Stories

Personal stories from my active-duty days. Some names may have been changed to protect the embarrassed.

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Sea story: Looking for an Engineer in all the wrong places
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Sea story: Looking for an Engineer in all the wrong places

Sea story? Sure, it's been a month. However this one has morals about financial independence, early retirement, and knowing your true values. But it has a happy ending, too! Now that my daughter has finished a year of NROTC, we've started some interesting conversations about work/life balance. Submariners aren't very ...

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Sea story: “If I was in the Air Force”…
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Sea story: “If I was in the Air Force”…

When I was at my military training commands, our instructors would naturally gravitate toward college classes. If they were on shore duty for long enough, they'd get their bachelor's and sometimes even their master's degrees. If they were enlisted when this happened, then their thoughts would even more naturally ...

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Sea story:  “Hang on!!”
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Sea story: “Hang on!!”

I'd like to dedicate this very long post to a certain NROTC midshipman who's considering joining the submarine force. You have... no idea. You can still make a different choice! The subtitle of this story is "Why we didn't let Jethro go up to the bridge any more." 20 years after the Cold War ended, it's hard to ...

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Sea Story:  Blowing the Job Interview of the Decade
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Sea Story: Blowing the Job Interview of the Decade

I've finished blogging about the main text of the book. Of course I've left out a few things that you'll want to read in the book itself-- the chapter checklists, the personal stories, and other goodies. Impact Publications says that the book should show up at Amazon.com in May and in the exchange bookstores by ...

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Sea story: “Secure blowing sanitaries!!!”
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Sea story: “Secure blowing sanitaries!!!”

Let's take a break. The last couple weeks of posts have covered some pretty heavy topics, with some pretty intricate HTML formatting, and maybe it's time for a little levity around here. To many submariners, "levity" means "potty jokes". In fact, about the only unclassified sea stories we're allowed to tell are the ...

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Sea story:  “Battle Stations Missile”
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Sea story: “Battle Stations Missile”

No finances or other military-retirement topics today, folks.  By popular request from my shipmate Jerome Jolly, it's sea story time. I don't think he's heard this one before. Don't worry-- it's safe for work and it's even family-friendly. My first assignment was the ballistic missile submarine USS JAMES MONROE ...

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