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    U.S. Navy active duty, reservist, or former/retired sailors here? Officer, enlisted?

    I served in the Navy from 1983 to 1988. Was stationed on the USS Richard E. Byrd (DDG-23) from '84 to the end of my enlistment as a rated journalist. Advanced from E-1 to E-5 during my service time, advancing at each opportunity. Part of that is luck (never can tell how many they're allowed to advance) and part of it was studying for the test (I doubt many do all the occupational tasks that are covered on the test).

    The Navy allowed me to visit places I'll probably never see again, including Haifa, Israel; Portsmouth, England; Lisbon, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; Bergen, Norway; and a number of other ports during a total of one year overseas (two 6-month deployments). Side trips to Paris, France and London, England, too.

    On a bodybuilding note, I was able to attend a NABBA UK contest while in Portsmouth and - I forget which country - saw former IFBB superstar Mike Christian in a seminar. Was hilarious to hear Christian answer with maybe ten words and then the translator going off for five minutes. Christian eventually got pissed and told the guy, "Say what I say!"

    I believe the translator was selling gym memberships and just saying anything instead of translating Christian directly.


    • When (what years) were you in?
    • Officer or enlisted?
    • If enlisted, what was your rating?
    • Where were you stationed?
    • Any overseas or deployments?
    • Favorite training to speak of?
    • Sea stories?
    • Other?

    I was stationed in Norfolk on the destroyer for my entire service after "A" and "C" schools. One of my most favorite trainings was attending the .50 caliber machine gun school. Could take the gun apart, put it back together, set the timing, and fire off rounds.

    Get a load of this...



    Those boys did not have Navy training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by curtjames View Post
    U.S. Navy active duty, reservist, or former/retired sailors here? Officer, enlisted?

    I served in the Navy from 1983 to 1988. Was stationed on the USS Richard E. Byrd (DDG-23) from '84 to the end of my enlistment as a rated journalist. Advanced from E-1 to E-5 during my service time, advancing at each opportunity. Part of that is luck (never can tell how many they're allowed to advance) and part of it was studying for the test (I doubt many do all the occupational tasks that are covered on the test).

    The Navy allowed me to visit places I'll probably never see again, including Haifa, Israel; Portsmouth, England; Lisbon, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; Bergen, Norway; and a number of other ports during a total of one year overseas (two 6-month deployments). Side trips to Paris, France and London, England, too.

    On a bodybuilding note, I was able to attend a NABBA UK contest while in Portsmouth and - I forget which country - saw former IFBB superstar Mike Christian in a seminar. Was hilarious to hear Christian answer with maybe ten words and then the translator going off for five minutes. Christian eventually got pissed and told the guy, "Say what I say!"

    I believe the translator was selling gym memberships and just saying anything instead of translating Christian directly.


    • When (what years) were you in?
    • Officer or enlisted?
    • If enlisted, what was your rating?
    • Where were you stationed?
    • Any overseas or deployments?
    • Favorite training to speak of?
    • Sea stories?
    • Other?
    I was stationed in Norfolk on the destroyer for my entire service after "A" and "C" schools. One of my most favorite trainings was attending the .50 caliber machine gun school. Could take the gun apart, put it back together, set the timing, and fire off rounds.

    Get a load of this...



    Those boys did not have Navy training.
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    A captain?

    (salutes)

    Glad to see you here, sir!

    And for all you civvies, a captain in the U.S. Navy is an O-6, not some O-3 like in the Army.

    http://www.navy.mil/navydata/navy_legacy_hr.asp?id=266
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    Quote Originally Posted by curtjames View Post
    A captain?

    (salutes)

    Glad to see you here, sir!

    And for all you civvies, a captain in the U.S. Navy is an O-6, not some O-3 like in the Army.

    http://www.navy.mil/navydata/navy_legacy_hr.asp?id=266

    I started out as an E-1 in June, 1961. I retired in April, 2003 at an 0-6.

    I have been bodybuilding since I was 50 and competing since I turned 60. I am training for my sixth pro show this year.

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    Currently serving on ddg96 gsmfn nob

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    ^


    Gas Turbine Engine Technician (Mechanical) after a quick Google.

    Best wishes for

    I was a JO2, but I don't believe they even have that designation any longer. Was a journalist but someone said they call them media specialists now. I hope the Navy's treating you well. I sure don't miss the 0400-0800 watch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Navy View Post
    I started out as an E-1 in June, 1961. I retired in April, 2003 at an 0-6.

    I have been bodybuilding since I was 50 and competing since I turned 60. I am training for my sixth pro show this year.

    www.BodyBuildingSenior.com
    Great Web site. Read the NYT article. Sat beside Neal Grossman at a USBF show last November. Small world. Wishing you continued success!
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    Former Active Duty Navy for 7+ years with 2-years in the Naval Reserves. Left active duty as YN1(SW) and finished my career in the Reserves as a YNC(SW) (E7). Loved my time in the Navy, wouldn't change anything about it.

    September 1985 - December 1985
    Basic Training, Naval Training Center, San Diego

    December 1985 - February 1986
    Yeoman "A" School

    February 1986 - January 1989
    Staff, Commander SEVENTH Fleet embarked on USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19), Yokosuka, Japan

    January 1989 - February 1991
    Staff Writer (to then Captain Thomas Fargo), Commander Submarine Group SEVEN, Yokosuka, Japan

    February 1991- March 1993
    Flag Writer (to Vice Admiral Stanley Arthur), Commander SEVENTH Fleet embarked on USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19), Yokosuka, Japan. Served in Operation DESERT STORM for 12-months.

    Mar 1993 - Jan 1995 - Asst. Divison Officer, Admin, Naval Reserve Center, Phoenix, Arizona

    Traveled all over the world, somewhere around 50 countries. Personally met several heads of state including 3 U.S. Presidents (Reagan, GHW Bush and Clinton), Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Princess Diana, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and other heads of state (too many to mention here).

    Was offered the Flag Writer/Executive Assistant job to then Admiral Paul David Miller, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe before I separated from Active Duty and I turned it down - just had enough and wanted my life back.

    Made an incredible offer to take a job in the civilian world so I took it - don't regret it either. Would have been eligible to retire from active duty in 2005 Seriously, just funny how fast time goes but I don't regret leaving.

    Pretty much was on staff duty my entire career and never stood a single hour of watch or duty, never involved in General Quarters...and all of my qualifications (DC, 3M, JOOD, OOD, ESWS and college education) were all done on my own personal time though I was not required to get any of them. The hours I had to work taking care of a 3-Star Admiral and his family took years off my life
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony in Phoenix View Post
    (snip)Made an incredible offer to take a job in the civilian world so I took it - don't regret it either. Would have been eligible to retire from active duty in 2005 Seriously, just funny how fast time goes but I don't regret leaving.

    Pretty much was on staff duty my entire career and never stood a single hour of watch or duty, never involved in General Quarters...and all of my qualifications (DC, 3M, JOOD, OOD, ESWS and college education) were all done on my own personal time though I was not required to get any of them. The hours I had to work taking care of a 3-Star Admiral and his family took years off my life
    Awesome career, Tony.

    Time does fly. I could have retired in 2003 with 20. My five years seemed like an eternity (though I did enjoy myself and would recommend the Navy to anyone), but now I know it was simply the blink of an eye.

    And, hey, I stood all your watches, GQ, and duty! lol As a Navy journalist, I was in the X/Nav Division with the quartermasters, yeomen, and personnelmen. Try standing on a bridge wing in the North Atlantic at four in the morning. lol

    I wish I had stuck reserve like you did.
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