Hondo, and the comments his post engendered, set me to doing some soul searching and you get to monitor that process – sort of.
When I was in (64-69) “Rocks and Shoals” was still a topic of conversation. This was well after the adoption of the UCMJ in ’51, but that thread existed still.
In no small part part it was maintained by the Chiefs. The Goat Locker seemed a vestige of that era to lesser mortals.
I don’t think the other branches (outside of the Coast Guard) have a similar hierarchy?
Mind you… At my age I AM dealing with memories, and memories of memories, but I found this article that suggests I ain’t far wrong.
The time honored rite of the U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer (CPO) initiation process has been eliminated. Political correctness has won out over more than 100 years of having gotten it right in the Chief’s Mess.
What has the U.S. Navy done? Will it prove harmful, or will it even matter in the grand scheme of things? My prediction is that this will exponentially increase the number of glorified managers in the Navy’s senior enlisted ranks.
With Jonn’s forgiveness let me cite one other item from the article:
I DO believe we still have that kind of man in Our Navy along with what ever the PC crowd allows. Not sure where the tipping point might be though?