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Thursday, July 14, 2011

New (To Me) Submarine Videos

Here are a couple of newish "official" submarine videos that I don't think I've posted before. The first is "Why I Joined":

The second is "The Ultimate Stealth Platform":

How do you think the Navy does with their propaganda videos on social networking sites? If you were a youngster, would they make you consider signing up? (Alternate question: Why did you join? For me, it was because I'd kind of quit going to class in the middle of the semester to hang out with girls of questionable character, and really needed a new start in a new place.)


Blogger Lou said...

Hopefully they do better with their videos than with their posters.

Why I joined? I had a really craptastic job as a GS-5 in DC processing expense reports.

7/14/2011 11:24 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Questionable women? They sound fun!

7/14/2011 1:57 PM

Anonymous 610ET said...

We had “motivational” videos back in the day.

One I remember is “Waiting on the Robert E. Lee which in 1962 followed a crew from navy housing all the way through the patrol cycle and return.

Then there is this history:

All good stuff and amazing to have been a part of!

7/14/2011 3:37 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:57 PM


7/14/2011 3:39 PM

Anonymous NHSparky said...

Why did I join? Cause college was too freakin expensive, especially when you're 19, with no money from either parent coming in, and the Financial Aid department lost your paperwork anyway.

That and I saw the old recruiting video with William Shatner, and the Army wouldn't give me aviation (eyesight).

7/14/2011 5:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah Carlos!

7/14/2011 6:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they still use the old 70's Guam port call video? I remeber it had a creepy old guy with a cheesy stache who said if you go into the water you will die!

7/14/2011 6:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple of reasons:

1) I actually had a sense of duty and patriotism and felt that I owed the nation some time of service.

2) I coasted through high school without doing anything - and it showed. I also had friends a year or two older who were booted from college after being placed on academic probation. I was fortunately mature enough to realize that a lack of supervision and life at the U would not turn out well. So ... off to nuke school and subs. (Picked subs because I didn't want to get stuck on a bird farm. Good choice!)

Did a six year enlistment, got out went to work and school and got my BS with a 3.96.

7/14/2011 7:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really cheesy but I loved Hunt for Red October when I was a kid. I read SSN after that and I was sold. As fate would have it, Dallas was my first boat. How cool is that?

7/14/2011 10:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All women are's just that their husbands don't know it!

Went in for four and got out after twenty-four. It wasn't patriotism (I am more of the mercenary type, who ever pays me), maybe more of the travel oportunities. I lived in the Philippines and Japan, been to most countries in the orient and enjoyed the people.

Now I making good money and get a retirement check to boot.

Jim C.
Retired ANAV

7/14/2011 10:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very well done propaganda...seriously. Liked the PD perivis video a lot.

Don't know about the whole "fun and interesting" bit though....maybe 5-10% of the days would be fair!

7/14/2011 11:03 PM

Anonymous 754swabby said...

Why did I join? I believed the recruiter who said it would make me a "shoo-in" for NROTC if I enlisted. I'm a little smarter these days ;)

7/14/2011 11:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's get this right, anon at 7/14, you decided to enlist after reading Clancy's SSN????

7/15/2011 4:15 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon at 7:59 PM, your story mirrors that of many others.

The difference between 18 year olds fresh out of high school and 24 year olds who have served on a boat is night and day. Part of the difference is realizing that hard work and having a good time aren't mutually exclusive. Plus, the fact that you're going to pay for school helps set your priorities.

In particular, former Navy nukes that go back to college tend to do exceptionally well, independent of their major. It would interesting to find out what their typical GPA is, but I'd guess it's upward of 3.7.

7/15/2011 10:51 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

BS Education 3.94 age 34
MS Aeronautical Science 3.92 age 38
MBA 4.0 age 46

Yeah, I guess nukes can go to college.


7/15/2011 12:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

17 and just graduated high school in 1959. Draft in effect, joined the Navy for MM training. Ended up as a TM. Steam torpedos back then so actually worked on steam plant in a 21 inch diameter torpedoes in steam torpedo shop Subbase PH. Figuring on getting out until offerred opportunity for direct input to submarines no subschool. Went right to a Fleet Snorkel boat in 1961. I loved it!! Shipped over for 6 and ended up staying for 20.


7/15/2011 12:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they still show that film that followed the boomer patrol cycle from start to finish? I called that one the"ugly wives film" and had seen it probably two or three times prior to my interview in Washington, DC with the Admiral (McKee?).

The scary part is that I ended up on a boomer operating out of Holy Loch, pretty much just like the movie (minus a wife....).

7/16/2011 6:23 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of the Propaganda Ministry, how about this gem:

I am now convinced our Navy has nothing else better to do than waste my tax money!

7/16/2011 9:36 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a better link:

It is concerning the sexual assault poster designed by the Navy.

Quite stupid!

7/16/2011 9:40 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I joined during the recession of 1974 for my own self interest. I could not afford a trade school as my Dad just lost his job of 21 years. I joined for the training with open eyes with regard to the potential cost, my life. It was people like me who ran toward the emergencies and volunteered for going overboard in stage six sea’s, while the married guys and lifers shrunk to the back of the ranks. I have no regrets about joining and serving my six years and no regrets about getting out.

7/20/2011 8:45 AM


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