Tuesday, December 18, 2012

You are a Navy man

You are a Navy man, part of the largest and strongest seagoing force in the world. When you were sworn in and put on your uniform for the first time, you became part of a great tradition. All the brave men who have gone before you, and those who will follow you, make up an unbroken chain of courage and devotion to duty that should make you proud to wear your uniform. 

As a Navy man you are, in a special sense, a good citizen of these United States. Your uniform alone does not entitle you to special privileges, rather it obligates you to set high standards of conduct and performance of duty. At home, and on duty abroad in foreign countries, you will be under constant observation as a representative of the United States government. Be sure that no careless act of yours brings discredit to your uniform or to your country's flag. 

Service in the Navy can be whatever you make it. It takes some time to understand and become adapted to the ways of the Navy, for going to sea in ships and aircraft is a tough, serious business, particularly in these troubled times. If you must work hard and at times miss a leave period or a few liberties in your home port, remember that you chose a man's job when you joined the Navy



Anonymous said...

Although it could use a bit of updating in the terms used, this is still as valid today as it was when it was written.

I think far too often we forget that in this day and age of instant gratification.

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

It was my obligation as a Chief to say much of what is contained in these words to my Sailors, I say mine because that is what I felt about their status, their conduct, both onboard our ship and ashore, was influenced by my guidance, that was not the only thing that controlled and motivated them but I hope and trust that I assisted many a Bluejacket in making the right decisions to do the things necessary to make him a better Sailor and representative of the Navy and his Country.

Very Respectfully,

Anonymous said...

CAPT Lambert,

Very noteworthy reflection!! I shared this out to my friends. This should be read at Quarters ...and often repeated.

Succinctly said without all added fluff. Old Bluejacket's Manuals have a some good "pearls" of wisdom in them.

1810 Mustang.

Anonymous said...

This type of sexist propaganda is standard fare for you Navy men.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 11:26 a.m.,

Kind of a shot in the dark there.

I did not reference any of my old copies of the manual, but this was likely published somewhere between the 20's to 40's and that was a different time. That said, the message is still extant.

The Navy has gone to great lengths bridging the gap in equality, but acknowledge there have been challenges to women in the workforce. Some of the best Sailors I have served with have been females.


1810 Mustang

Anonymous said...

December 19, 2012 11:26 AM,

I am of the opinion that a woman can do most anything a man can do, and do it well, but the way the Navy instituted women into the Navy has seemed to have made many of those same women over time make such statements as yours in this blog and others. I served on numerous ships over the years and never served on a ship that had women on board, but yet women were incorporated in nearly all Navy ratings during those times. I was Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commanding Officer in those days and I recall a number of enlisted men that told me their sea tours had been extended as much as four years because women Sailors in their rating had taken all the shore duty billets and there were none available for anyone else.

Many years ago before Women were allowed to serve on ships this was a man’s Navy and if you as a woman objected to that you need to write to the Navy Department and not express your discontent to those that served in the Navy at that time and followed the guidelines published in long ago Bluejackets Manuals, which were the guide for Navy Enlisted individuals when you were probably still in diapers.