Bulls**t Jobs



A reader from New York writes:

Well, I’m from Rochester but I’m in the navy right now. I say being a sailor on a forward deployed ship is the biggest bulls**t job ever! we're at sea 275 days of the year, no time for vacation, education or family. Most sailors I’ve know have been through divorces like it was nothing, because their wives cheated on them, or the actual job itself is stressful as hell, enough to where statistics show (navy statistics) that 20-40 percent of navy sailors die at a younger age because they are not used to not having stress in their lives after twenty or more years in the navy, they just die. it's sad and it's bulls**t, but somebody's gotta do it.

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Actually, when you are out to sea, there is always a professor that goes out with you. In my day we had the University of Maryland professors. In other words, you could always go to school no matter what.

In addition, due to regulations/laws, you can't be on the water for 275 days. You pull into port for days, if not a week in order to refuel, take on stores, and general relaxation.

Oh, but I do doubt 20-40 percent of navy sailors die at a young age... simply because your numbers are made up. 20-40 is a large range, something you just made up.

Far as divorce rates, yea, you got me there... sucks, but that is the game; same with Army and Marines... not sure about the Air Force.

Anyway, IF you are in the Navy, you are very new. I would tell you to give it a chance. BS job? Heck, no. When I was in the first Gulf war, several good friends of mine died while out to sea. People fall down ladders, blew up by steam pipes, caught in fires, etc. Being out to sea is a dangerous place, and if you want to make it, you will open your eyes. Being a Sailor is a dangerous job, not a BS job.

What? Sailors deployed on ships for months at a time? How long has this been going on? Oh, that's right - FOREVER!! Suck it up, shipmate. You signed up for it.

I spent 21 years in the US NAVY. And about the stress yes it was there, but look at all the great places one can see visit and experience.I was in Avaition part of the NAVY, did 3 tours to Viet Nam, in country. The statics state one could die if one doesn't have a goal in life after one exits the service.

Must be a newbie. Once he gets seasoned and his chief is done grinding his ass until after his first Med run, then he gets free time. Try being on a fast attack nuclear sub where you are required to get qual'd and are still pulling watch every 3 days WHILE in the shipyard and they still want you to know where all the equipment is and how it works while it has been physically yanked from the sub and is in a shipyard workshop, a quarter mile away.
He wouldn't last 3 days under water with no sunlight, let alone 3 months of drilling holes in the ocean protecting the floating targets, like carriers and battleships.