Levers_Aligned said:Nutty said:THE DEMISE OF JACK TAR.
And so a culture dies
Unless you serving Sprogs can tell us different?
I do disagree, Nutty. In almost thirty years of continuous service I have monitored change from without and within. Sure, today's Jack and Split are different creatures, but they have the same belief systems that the 'old navy' had. Yes, it may be modified. Yes, they listen to their iPods, don't like the music you liked and wear 'product' on their hair. From what I remember, that is what they used to call Brylcreem, isn't it? Everyone bangs on about 'pink and fluffy' these days without stopping to examine what the **** that implies. Regulations come and go...they stopped giving people the lash before we were all sailors, yet the Roll On The Rodney generation still broke the rules, went over the wall and returned for more. It's all about evolution. That is the human element. Change is another aspect, and that is a physical phenomenon, brought about by too much management swappage and great ideas club barbeques. But the human side of it, the core element of the sailor, his selfish, benevolent, loving, hating, fighting, ******* principles have nevere changed, and never will, no matter how much counselling, stress management, political correctness and other such dogshit the lords and masters can inject into the bloodstream.
I've heard it said that the navy died when the tot stopped. I've also heard that about many other milestones...the end of the Falklands, the Strategic Defence Review, Wrens At Sea, the victory of Duncan Lustig Prean and the legalisation of homosexuality in the forces. Quite simply it is bollocks. We remain matelots, everything mentioned above and proud of it. Time may change what we look like, but it doesn't change who we are.
I am not going to disagree with you. As I requested I wanted to hear how the modern Matelot saw himself and life. Us Cold War Warriors can only see from the outside and have to guess what is going on. As I first stated I heve seen two sides in my recent travels. Thanks for your positive imput