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REAL CHIEFS

Think Ensigns should be seen and not heard, and never, ever, be allowed to read books on leadership.

Don't have any civilian clothes.

Have CPO Association Cards from their last 5 commands.

Don't remember any time they weren't Chief's.

Propose like this "There will be a wedding at 1000 hours on 29 October, be there in whites with your gear packed because you will be a prime participant."

Favorite national holiday is CPO Initiation.

Keeps four sets of dress khaki uniforms in the closet in hopes they will come back.

Favorite food is shipboard SOS for breakfast.

Don't know how to tell civilian time.

Call each other "Chief."

Greatest fear is signing for property book items.

Dream in Navy Blue, White, Haze Gray and occasionally khaki.

Have served on ships that are now war memorials or tourist attractions.

Get tears in their eyes when the "Chief" dies in the movie "Operation Pacific."

Don't like Certified Navy Twill. "Wash Khaki" is the ONLY thing to make a uniform out of.

Can find their way to the CPO Club blindfolded, on 15 different Navy Bases.

Have pictures of ships in their wallets.

Don't own any pens that do not have "Property U.S. Govt" on them.

Don't voluntarily get the mandatory flu shots.

Don't order supplies, they swap for them.

Favorite quote is from the movie Ben Hur, "We keep you alive to serve this ship."

Think excessive modesty is their only fault.

Hate to write evaluations, except for their own.

Turn in a 4 page brag sheet for their evaluation.

Last ship was always better.

Know that the black tar in their coffee cup makes the coffee taste better.

Idea of heaven-Three good PO1's and a Division Officer who does what he is told.

Think John Wayne would have made a good Chief, if he had not gone soft and made Marine movies.

Use the term "Good Training" to describe any unpleasant task...Scraping the sides of the ship is "Good Training." Having to sleep on your seabag in the parking lot because there was no room in the barracks is "Good Training."


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