Now I know this subject must have been brought up before but I am very new to the forum. I tried to search for this subject but couldn't come up with anything. Anyway, as I said in my previous post about the RN uniform, I attended my son's passing out at HMS Raleigh recently, and I have to say I found it a little unsettling to see a female leading hand attempting to bark out the orders on the parade ground. I can't explain my discomfort but I just didn't like it. Way back whenever it was, when the decision was made to allow gays in the armed forces, I knew it would be impossible to stop females from serving on ships for much longer, and so it was. Like I said before, I am a bit of a dinosaur, but I was just wondering what the general feeling was on the subject of girls serving at sea. On board the ships I served in, most of the humour surrounded the general light-hearted abuse of women and that could go on safe in the knowledge that there weren't any about to offend. Jack must be slightly suffocated these days, and his general banter reduced as a consequence. Is this leading to a new lesser Jack?