Need Some SWOtivation

Discussion in 'Surface Warfare Officer (SWO)' started by AllAmerican75, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. CAMike

    CAMike Active Member None

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    Tough crowd here.

    Next thing you know, someone will be telling him that when aboard a USN ship the response "Harrr" has replaced "Aye".
     
  2. BackOrdered

    BackOrdered Well-Known Member

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    A SWO legend may be born from this thread.
     
  3. Uncle Fester

    Uncle Fester Big veiny triumphant bastard None

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    Keep your head down, don't say one goddamned thing about "when I was in flight school...", and get your pin as fast as possible. The pin opens up opportunities for redesignation, should you be so inclined, and anyway, nothing bad comes of getting it quickly.
     
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  4. BigRed389

    BigRed389 Registered User None

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    PM me if you have any specific questions on DDGs or RIVRONs/MESF.

    Internet's spotty on deployment but I'll try to get to it when I can.
     
  5. jumpshot12

    jumpshot12 New Member

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    i literally do not understand half of what's written here :)

    what's this "pin" ? and why does everyone hate on SWO so bad?
     
  6. AllAmerican75

    AllAmerican75 Playing Dept Head Without the Paycheck

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    The pin is the SWO pin (aka Water Wings), that qualified SWOs wear. In order to earn it, you have to finish a bunch of qualifications and demonstrate competency in performing your duties as a Naval Officer. It encompasses a lot of butt pain, but you MUST have it in order to progress in the SWO ranks.

    As for why people hate on SWOs, I'll let more experienced officers explain that one.
     
  7. Brett327

    Brett327 Magnum! None

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    We hold these truths to be self evident... :D
     
  8. BackOrdered

    BackOrdered Well-Known Member

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    Use the search feature. Plenty of threads have answered this. A discussion regarding the cons of SWOdom does nothing to aid the purposes of the original poster.
     
  9. Uncle Fester

    Uncle Fester Big veiny triumphant bastard None

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    Another piece of advice: don't call them water wings. Nobody calls them that, and the Shoes will give you the stink-eye if you do. It's the "SWO Pin" or just, "the pin," as in, "I need more OOD U/I before I can get my pin, CHENG, why did you leave me off the watchbill?" Or more commonly, "Christ a-mighty, as soon as I get my pin, I'm quitting this fucking circus."
     
  10. jumpshot12

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    sorry about that, new to the board and posting on boards in general
     
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  11. AllAmerican75

    AllAmerican75 Playing Dept Head Without the Paycheck

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    I've heard the term used as a tongue-in-cheek reference among some of the more senior SWOs; but you're right, most just call it "The Pin" or some variation thereof.
     
  12. BackOrdered

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    It's tough with SWOs to know who has a sense of humor and who doesn't. Some CO's don't mind being called Skipper, for others it is fighting words. Some will get in your grill if you call the ship a "small boy" even if it is a FFG. I've seen a CO bring the wardroom to feared silence because someone mentioned that they thought a "certain Persian Gulf radio prankster" was hilarious the previous mid watch, which really just made the CO look sillier.
     
  13. CAMike

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    I'm 'da Pilipino Monkey I f___d your mother! Dear God I miss the Gulf sometimes. SF Bay Area TV would be just the spot for him.
     
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  14. BackOrdered

    BackOrdered Well-Known Member

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    A 30+ year tradition. I thought it was awesome that my dad who served back when Iranians attended our FC school could share stories about that psycho in the Gulf.

    OK, let's not spoil it for these guys. They have to have some fun on deployment.
     

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