I posted this in another thread, but it is an important point so I wanted more people to see it.
I must say that the attitude on this web site toward people who put their lives at risk to protect Americans is quite disappointing. Especially when it comes from fellow veterans.
Is the intention of people who post comments on this site that anyone who doesn't think the Navy is the most incompetent organization in the history of the world and is composed of stupid, incompetent people, must be run off the web site? Is that a common opinion here?
If not, why not just relax and discuss our experiences at sea?
If so, then there aren't going to be many Navy veterans contributing to the conversation. This place will be an echo chamber for people who have certain opinions. I hated the Navy as a job. I hated it PASSIONATELY as a job.
I was a paperclip...."People Against People Ever Re-enlisting, Civilian Life is Preferred".
BUT it is great institution with a rich history, and we owe our freedom to what Navy officers and enlisted personnel do every day, all around the world. To serve your country and protect her national security and the safety and freedom of your fellow Americans is an honor and a privilege. I worked with some very intelligent and very talented people when I served in the United States Navy. So that organization will always have my respect. As a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, anyone who was worn a military uniform, in any branch, and served with honor, will have my respect. The land of the free, because of the brave.
gCaptain's original article wasn't as bad as many of the comments from people who are associating themselves with his opinions. I thought his article was reasonably balanced. But you look at the comments on the web site and it's nothing but vitriol. Even from people who identify themselves as (merchant marine) officers. The UCMJ says that an officer must conduct themselves as "an officer and a gentleman", or for females, "an officer and a lady."
And I have to tell my fellow gcaptain members and my fellow mariners that Navy officers and enlisted people don't feel this animosity toward merchant mariners at all. At least I don't. You're fellow mariners. We have a lot of common experiences. If you guys have a problem with us...that drama is coming from you. Not from the United States Navy or the men and women who serve our country in that Navy.
If the reader senses any degree of hostility from me, I apologize, as that is not my intention.
I wonder, however, if hostility is the intention of the majority of people on this web site. If so, that is very disappointing.