Back in the day, being a "Small Ships" Rating there was never anyone else to do everything that needed doing so even as a PO I had to scrub out the Sick Bay (OK the occasional Man Under Puns may have been detailed off - but most of the time they worked POS) along with doing everythings else ... writing my own referal letters ... didn't have on board computers or word processors so it was the trusty Olivetti and carbon paper. Basically it gave me a "can do attitude" ... there was no one else, I couldn't open a new box of sailors so just got on and did what ever was necessary! Mind there was the fact that once at sea there wasn't much else to do and it did mean that you weren't still hacking away at it when alongside. Transferring into Civvy St it worked well for me and I still just got on with the job ... did all my own clerical work and didn't shout and scream for secretarial support ... not that I would have got it anyway ... but unlike some of my peers I was meeting deadlines and getting the work done ... whereas some others that had never worked in a high pressure envirionment where you had to do everything yourself were screaming they didn't have the time, hadn't got the man power etc etc so you can guess where the work went. OK I've got a good job but when theres extra work that needs doing which is not really my remit it still comes my way as them upstairs know it will be done to a high standard and now I get the feeling that the "can do attitude" has bitten me in the arse ... while the serial complainers/whingers/window lickers & no-hopers just go on in their own sweet way ... no extra work ... just seems a bit of inequality somewhere! Makes me wonder if its not better to say "soddoff and take your work elsewhere" now and again ...Now where did I put that spare box of sailors????????????????????