Friday, February 4, 2011

Saw this bumper sticker today

NAVY Chiefs - Taking care of  our Sailors for 117 years


Anonymous said...

Hooyay Navy Chiefs.

Anonymous said...

Not to be facetious, but have those Chiefs anchored up or is this an outdated bumper sticker.


Anonymous said...

Navyman834 would you define what "anchored up" means to you. As an old retired Senior Chief, I believe this is a relatively new term but it does seem to have the same meaning as "You are now the Chief".

Today's Chiefs take care of their sailors, both senior and junior, just as well today as they have for 117 years.

Times have changed and things are done differently. Not necessarily better or worse, just differently. But I have no doubt that the Chief Petty Officers of today's Navy are leading today's sailors just as well as those of the past.

Anonymous said...

Senior Chief,

If you are unfamiliar with the term “Anchor up Chiefs” I suggest you put those words in your internet search line and read the number of items that this will bring up for your enlightenment. Overall this a butt chewing for CPOs. As you will discover I generated a number of comments that had to do with this subject. I was a Chief Petty Officer for nearly 15 years and during that time I was never questioned by anyone, enlisted or commissioned, as to my job performance while being a Chief Petty Officer.

Maybe you will remember Adm. Zumwalt and his Z-Grams. He was the friend of the enlisted man and discarded many of what he called chicken regs.; such as having to shift to the uniform of the day after working hours, a sailor did not have to shave he just had to say he was growing a beard, and a number of other things that still will make an old Chief grind his teeth. One of the worst things he did was to allow Sailors to bypass the Chain of Command, he encouraged any Sailor to come directly to him with problems without going through the Chain of Command, he conducted multitudes of meetings and conferences where any Sailor could bring up his gripes, and it would be noted and acted upon by him or his staff. This action by the CNO, Adm Zumwalt led to the breakdown of the good order and discipline of the Navy. He was considered the enlisted mans friend and was therefore thought well of by junior enlisted personnel, but the Navy suffered by his actions. The Admiral also created the SOY where unqualified individuals (they did not have to have time in rate to advance) from a bunch of Navy activities could actually be advanced to CPO, that is what we really needed in the Chiefs mess a bunch of green Sailors who probably could not really be a part of the Chiefs mess.


E.A. Hughes, FTCM(SS)
USNavy (Retired)