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It took a bit of extra time, but I have completed my EDR programming mission.  Now back to the regularly scheduled blog.

My previous effort at simulating Navy life was mostly oriented towards the enlisted experience.  Today I got a reasonable simulation of the different jobs that officers hold onboard U.S. Navy ships.  Now this is oriented towards Surface Warfare Officers, but you'll get the idea.  All you have to do to become a Surface Warfare Officer is complete the at-home training curriculum in the following pipelines:

  1. Navigator (NAV): Tie a brick around your neck and stare out the living room window for hours at a time. Call your father every time a car passes by your house. Take bearings to random streetlights.
  2. First Lieutenant: Muster the kids out in the backyard. Tell them to paint the house haze gray. When your 10 year old spills a gallon of paint in the pool, reduce him in age to 9 and cut his allowance.
  3. Combat Information Center Officer (CICO): Turn off all the lights in the house and put the A/C on high. Put earmuffs on all the kids and make them sit in front of a blank TV screen for 8 hours at a time. Berate them when they can't figure out a Senior Officer Present Afloat to get from the kitchen to the downstairs bathroom instantaneously. Resort to several years of intensive psychotherapy.
  4. Senior Tactical Officer (STO): Strut around the house ranting to anyone you see in a rare form of ancient Gaelic. When they don't understand, chuckle and tell them that the toaster and the microwave "just aren't talking."
  5. Fire Control Officer (FCO) : Follow STO around. Randomly nod in agreement.
  6. Main Propulsion Assistant (MPA): Pour your lawnmower's gasoline can into the pool. Run around the house three times, then throw 12 rolls of toilet paper into the pool. Finally, pull out the phone book and call every person in neighborhood and tell them "it was only a cup's worth." Resort to heavy drinking.
  7. Weapons Officer (WEPS): Make the whole family shoot the family shotgun into the pool. Roll out the garden hose to the front lawn and spray any suspicious visitors including your neighbors and the mailman. Tell Grandma she can't come in to visit the kids because she's not on the access list.
  8. Food Service Officer (FSO): Drive around the neighborhood kidnapping local children. Dress them up in silly outfits and force them to do all the household chores. When they protest, make them sit in 150 degree bath water and gleefully throw food and plastic cups at them.
  9. Electrical Officer: Lay around the house, occasionally get up and walk to the garage and trip random circuit breakers and time how long it takes for the STO to find his way there in the dark.
  10. Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer (ASWO): About once every year, throw a cucumber into the pool. Put on a blindfold and tie your hands behind your back with a small garden hose. Dive in and try to find the cucumber using only your mouth. Have the kids fire green flares at you every ten minutes.
  11. Supply Officer (SUPPO): Walk from bedroom to bedroom with magical bottomless cup of coffee in hand. Skillfully bring fellow house mates' misfortunes to the forefront to steer conversation away from the fact that they are forced to use Saran Wrap as underwear while waiting for the standard 3 week laundry turnaround period to expire.
  12. Foreign Exchange Officer: Follow SUPPO around. Randomly nod in agreement.
  13. Damage Control Assistant (DCA): Set your alarm clock to go off at random times during the night, jump up and get dressed as fast as you can making sure you button up the top button on your shirt and stuff your pants into your socks. Close every door in the house, then run out into the backyard and uncoil the garden hose.
  14. Combat Systems Officer (CSO): See FCO.
  15. Operations Officer (OPS): Climb to the highest point of the house and jump off headfirst into the driveway. Trust me, its better this way.
  16. Executive Officer (XO): Every so often, throw the cat in the pool and shout "Man overboard, starboard side" Then run into the house and sweep all the pots and dishes off the counter. Yell at the wife and kids for not having the kitchen "stowed for sea."
  17. Chief Engineer (CHENG): Crawl into a sleeping bag and tie it off at its end. Have the kids beat you mercilessly with whiffle ball bats while your wife yells at you through a megaphone "Engineering Casualty, Engineering Casualty."
Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 5:39 PM Day Job , & Etc. | Back to top

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This is awesome! I need to find a way to email it to every officer in the NMCI directory...
Left by former SWO on Jun 30, 2004 7:23 PM

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I'm LMAO!! That is the funniest thing I've read in a while. I have a friend who is ex-Navy. He'll get a real kick out of this.

Left by David Totzke on Jul 02, 2004 10:37 AM

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This my friend is a well thought out realistic view of the life of a Naval officer, in a comical sorta way. In reality the pain is not that funny. i'm gonna give this an +A and pass it on to as many people as I can.
Left by Jam on Mar 09, 2006 2:33 PM

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