Navy Exclusivity?

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  1. mko1991

    mko1991 Member

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    Just outta curiosity and fun, are there any cool things Naval Officers experience other branches don't?
     
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  2. Pima

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    YEP...living on the water:shake: Sorry I couldn't resist.
     
  3. mko1991

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    LOL. i guess the USMC doesnt really count as a sea-faring service then :biggrin:
     
  4. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Absolutely:

    Serving in the best branch of the military :biggrin:

    I would say no other service gets to land aircraft on a carrier. (I've seen Army helo pilots do air evac missions on some ships though). We also get to experience figuring out which of 100 uniforms we are to wear that day.

    Each service has a couple things that usually they do alone when compared to other services. In today's world though you are seeing more and more joint experience between the services.
     
  5. Mongo

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    The Navy has some very interesting jobs and many unique missions. The only thing is that to experience the majority of them fully, one must be at sea. The great jobs are underway. Many love it, some tolerate it, and a few hate it. If one has to be deployed, three hot meals a day, air conditioning, and a warm rack, to me, is better than living in a plywood shack in the middle of the desert.
     
  6. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Follow up....is there a difference between "naval officer" and "Navy officer"?
     
  7. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Probably not to most people.

    There is a distinction though and I forget which way is which and is most notable when talking aviation: one includes Marine Corps and one doesn't.

    I could probably take ten minutes and figure it out, but in reality it's minutea 99% of the time.
     
  8. NavIss58

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    agreed, probably not to most people. My son continues to remind me though, that it's the "Naval Academy", so I guess they commission Naval Officers.

    But I might be wrong, see "naval officers" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_officer_ranks which implies that term has wider reach, referring to the position in rank of officer in the Navies of the world.

    On the the other hand, see "Navy officer" according to the US Navy at http://www.navy-officer.com/

    I know in our Navy family my mother would get a laugh when she gave us a "naval salute" by waving her hand straight out from her mid section! I suppose that's because my father was a Navy officer and my mother was a naval officer!! Haha :yllol:
     
  9. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I believe naval officer would include officers from the sea services, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps.
     
  10. mko1991

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    o yea by naval i meant the Navy/Coast Guard although the Marine Corps these days are more land based in my opinion.....:rolleyes:

    But if i ever get a surface sea command, i just wanna hoist Jolly Rogers flag; under the US flag ofcourse :shake:
     
  11. Capt MJ

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    We could have fun here, because all the services have fun things unique to them. In the midst of the slog and going in harm's way, there are some superb and enjoyable experiences to be had in every service and professional branch.

    Let's see... cool Navy things. Swim call off Acapulco (park your ship, throw over some cargo nets, let down the aircraft elevator if that kind of ship, let folks have a lovely swim, with Marines posted in small boats for shark watch on the perimeter) Or with a gazillion feet of water underneath you? I imagine Coast Guard does swim call too. Steel Beach picnics? BBQ out on deck in the middle of the ocean. Fleet Week New York or San Francisco? Some kind of fun, though many hours getting prepped for it. Participating in a multi-nation exercise, going into port after an intense exercise period at sea, and enjoying receptions on the other nations' ships? Ah, fond memories of the Japanese commemorative saki boxes and yakitori stations on the fantail of their ships, and the Aussies' great red wine on theirs.

    And the port calls... well, there are some amazing places Navy ships (and no doubt Coast Guard) get to go. I know other services get to go to foreign places as well, but there sure is a lot of spectactular waterfront real estate in the world best seen from the deck of your arriving ship.

    Here's a quote from a USNA alumni sponsor "child," a Surface Warfare Officer on a minesweeper: "I’m in Jeju, South Korea, right now opening the port for future Navy visits. Gotta love being on an MCM; we get to go all kinds of neat places first. Because the crew and logistics are so small, the fleet commanders send us in first to survey and do a trial run on the port. This one has been on the Navy’s list for quite some time, and it’s a great resort area... the whole port visit has been a great time.":thumb:
     
  12. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Ditto on swim call and steel beaches... :thumb:
     
  13. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    I'm going to start referring to LITS as a "naval officer" from now on :biggrin:

    Can anyone find historical or primary references to the difference? I'm trying and coming up empty-handed. Sorry, wikipedia doesn't count.
     

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