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Sex and the Military

Doug4749 Wrote: Jun 12, 2013 4:32 PM
On a repair ship, if I had to get a welding job done below decks, I'd assign whomever was available and capable. If it was a female, I'd also have to send a man with her to carry the heavy equipment (welding bottles, etc). Since it's against Navy regs to have two people of the opposite sex in a confined space (say a void or tank), I'd have to send a third person. Three people to do the job of one. The initial female was capable of doing the job but now my options are limited. I'd usually wind up sending a guy and the female would continue to sit around the office. This didn't do much for the guys morale; usually winds up driving him out while the female moves up in rank. And, if after the job, they decide to go to the fantail for a smoke ..it'd better be only one of them or all three - can't be ANYWHERE with only one person of the opposite sex because that's automatically considered fraternization. Ahh, the New Navy... I'm sure the other branches are having similar experiences...
Roy-WV Wrote: Jun 13, 2013 1:15 AM
Doug4749--Wonder whatever happened to the USS Delta-probably rusted completely away by now_No, I wasn't in the Navy-my Step-son was a Machinist Mate on that boat!
scott s. Wrote: Jun 12, 2013 6:35 PM
Maybe, but when I was a chief engineer, there were a couple great females (one a hull tech and one an electrician's mate) from SIMA who worked twice as hard and with better quality than the guys did. The problem isn't someone coming in and doing a job then leaving, the problem is the day to day "payton place" (I know showing my age) games.