Quick lesson in USN & Coastie rating (rank) insignia or badges. As a general rule the sea going branches are the only ones you can tell a man’s basic job by his uniform.
Above is the patch of a BM1 (First Class Boatswains mate, cross anchors)
Brother Junior was a Gunners mate (above)
This would be an Aviation Boatswain’s mate.
This is an intelligence specialist. The feather meant a yeoman type (clerical) job. Or as the tough ratings would say ‘A feather merchant’.
This is Old Woody, from http://oldboomerwoodys.blogspot.com/
Back when he was on active duty he wore this:
(That is the Master at Arms Rating. They are the Police aboard Ship.)
I am asked all the time which branch of the service I like the most. That is hard to say, I liked them all. It is easy to like the USMC for it’s camaraderie and consistency. At every base, you had better pay attention to detail.
The USAF was a great outfit to work for, but the promotions were near non-existent when I was in. The schools are great, and most duty is good.
The USN was the best to me as far as rate and rank went. I finally got promoted above E-4 and retired as a Chief E-7. Several good things about the navy. You only have to sew your rating badge on your left arm. (Other services both arms). Most badges are Red on the winter uniform. If you see a sailor with Gold rating, you know he has served 12 years with good conduct.
Hey the one big advantage to the USN is all the free cruises you get to take (According to my Leading Chief! LOL) I once mentioned cleaning and how good I am at it, well ask anyone who has been in service how much cleaning I would have done spending 8 years as an E-3 & below. LOL.
But that was by choice. I joined three branches of service in those 8 years, and each one I had to start at the bottom. My choice, and I do not regret it.
I had one son join the USN, he got out. I don’t think I have a Grandson who wants to be. I thought for awhile my Grand daughter Reece was going navy, but she changed her mind.
I think the Military is great for young folk who do not know what they want to do with their lives. It adds discipline and they learn structure. Plus the Pride of serving a great country.
My patriotic rant.
"The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom,
power without conscience.
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants......
We know more about war than we know about peace,
more about killing than we know about living."
- General Omar N. Bradley
It is hard to believe that Chrysler had this car on the drawing boards in 1941.
It was the pace car for the 1941 Indy 500