Ask a Sailor

I realized something over the weekend when I went to the baseball game with my new friend from Mad Dadz Blog. When I talk to civilians about the military, they have no idea what I’m talking about.

I have to apologize for that somewhat. Since I’ve spent the last 14+ years in the Navy, there are some things that are second nature to me that make absolutely no sense to those that haven’t lived in this world.

I don’t mean nautical terms like forecastle and bridge. I’m talking about normal, everyday concepts that I just take for granted everyone understands. I tend to throw around terms like officer, shore duty, and SWO just assuming that everyone knows what they mean. I forget that the military can seem fairly foreign if you don’t work with it on the daily basis.

Therefore, I’m going to do what I can to bridge the knowledge gap. If you have any questions whatsoever, please shoot them my way. Do you want to know what the difference is between officers and enlisted? Do you want to know the difference between shore duty and sea duty? Do you have a question that I can’t even conceive of right now because I have mistakenly assumed that everyone knows the answer? I’ll do my best to answer it.

There are a couple different ways to do this. If you don’t mind having the question and answer published (you can do it anonymously), simply click here and then fill in the fields. This would be somewhat of a public service since there may be others out there with the same question.

If you would rather keep the question off the web, you can also e-mail me at militarydadblog(at)yahoo(dot)com. The “(at)” and “(dot)” are my useless attempts to foil spambots, so please just insert the appropriate symbols.

If you would much rather go the social media route, simply hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

I can’t guarantee that I will be able to get to the question immediately, but as long as it’s not abusive, I’ll try to answer them within 24 hours. Thank you and have a great day.

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