Monday, April 10, 2006

Woman Attached To US Submarine

Molten Eagle has opined about the advisability of women crew on submarines in the past, including Underlying Problem (Australia), the WWII British WRNS, and Female Sub Crew Advisability.

Let me say that the U.S. submarine service was deservedly considered an elite branch in my day. There are politicians and fawning accomplices in the military, uncaring of the lessons of human nature and history who want to change that status.

Do not let anyone tell you women and men in the United States are interchangeable. Have you been to a golf course lately?

For decades, there have been red tees marking the shorter distances from which women typically drive. The white tees were for ordinary male duffers, and the blue tees for the male professionals (or those who can break 90 from there). Today, there are black (or gold tees) for real professionals, ladies still use the red (mostly), blue use has not changed, but the white ones are now referred to as "the old men's tees." Women's tees are closer to the holes, although women don't have to use them.

What about LPGA (lady) professionals? Tour officials/tournament committees set the tees and hole distances, obviously, shorter for women than men. As a very general rule, with many exceptions, women professionals play the white tees.

One lady (Calpublican) observes: " with lousey half-swings who reverse pivot and everything else under the sun, but they can still hit the ball twice as far as the best lady golfers with the finest form. They can get away with a lot simply because of superior upper body strength. That reason alone makes it reasonable for men to have an exclusive club if they so desire. "

Let me suggest that proponents of female crew want to make submarines "the old men's" tee-equivalent. They are prepared to sell out the history of a service they do not appreciate fully. They already believe that submarine duty is nothing special (perhaps because they were never called upon to do anything special in it).

I remember having to lift and move a collapsed torpedoman (he weighed 20% more than I). No sweat. There were heavy watertight doors and hatches to secure, ladders to climb and emergency actions to take. There was no substitute for the guy who carried the man overboard bag topside in several emergencies, either.


At 10 April, 2006 21:04, Blogger Oberon said...

.......i could have been on a sub......instead i went to diego garcia.......i still had a lot of fun.......rocket torpedoes?!

At 10 April, 2006 21:08, Blogger Vigilis said...

Right, there is NO substitute for experience, including yours.


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