posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 03:49 PM
I have always wondered how much much the US Navy has changed over the years since WWII.
IMHO it seems that during WWII and afterwards, the US Navy was much more professional, hardier, tougher, and was less like a high school. Once they
started to allow women on board aircraft carriers, it seems like the atmosphere turned into a high school. Please dont jump on me and say I am a
sexist or whatnot. I do believe that women are just as good as men, be it in combat or other duties.
I watched the documentary on PBS called "Aircraft Carrier". It was a documentary which followed the life on board a carrier on deployment to the
Persian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. It went into the personal lives of a few of the crew members of all walks of life. Before I
watched this show, I was considering joining the Navy and going onto a carrier. Now, after watching it, I did a reverse 180. To me it looked like
going back to my old high school, with all the teen drama, childish behavior, immaturity, everything. It gave me an impression of total lack of
professionalism. It looked like a floating high school. The only professionals on board were the fighter pilots and senior officers. It looked
nothing like the documentaries or memoirs or recollections of sailors who served aboard carriers during WWII and afterwards.
Dont get me wrong, I am sure and do not deny that there were problems on carriers before with childish behavior, young men causing trouble, etc etc
etc. But the atmosphere I always felt reading through pages of the life on board a carrier was of professionalism, maturity, and toughness. Now its
like trying to keep a bunch of kids in line to not screw up.
I would like to hear from any of our fellow ATS members who have served on board carriers before the integration of men and women and now and if there
or was any difference, for better or worse, or is it all in my head, or does it seem like The Navy has gone a little downhill in the past two decades?
I would really like to know! Am I wrong in this view, is there a difference between then and now, or not?
[edit to add]:
I am also aware that sailors then, were also 18, 19, 20 years old. But comparing the sailors then and now, its like comparing 16 year olds now, to 25
year olds then.
[edit on 4/29/2010 by GenRadek]