To everyone smarter than A-pool (otherwise known as everyone on earth): There was a spirited discussion this morning in A-pool about the new PT policy, that quickly turned into a display of ensign immaturity. Some things need to be cleared up and quick, so please feast on the bounty, winged O's. We (the A-pool) need a swift kick in the rear. 1. You do not berate someone who has positional authority over you in a public setting. I don't care if he's enlisted. You may be an officer now, but that doesn't mean you're on a pedestal. He knows better than you, and that's not a matter of opinion. It's a fact. If he's yelling at you, he's doing it for a reason (i.e. to tell you you're being ridiculous), and he's been in the Navy a hell of a lot longer than you. 2. If the NASC standards says we SHALL PT three days a week, why are we even having this discussion? You should be PTing anyways. It's TWO hours out of your day...what else do you have to do that's so important? 3. A-pool is a paid vacation, everyone knows that...and somehow the ensigns keep finding ways to screw it up by saying that we are doing too much work. Welcome to the Navy, this will be the easiest time you'll have in the fleet. This is your JOB, and taxpayer dollars are going towards you mustering for half an hour in the auditorium. Imagine what the public would think if they knew that we were pulling this crap, getting paid with their money. It's not too much to ask that you follow the rules of your job. Start putting out or get the hell out of my Navy, and make room for someone who's willing to put the effort out. 4. "We're not Aircrew...we don't have to do this stuff." Ummmm, yes you are, and yes you do. Any SNA or SNFO who doesn't think they are aircrew should readjust their attitude or put on black shoes and go to periscope depth. Are you involved with the safe operation of the aircraft? Answer yes, and you're aircrew. Deal with it. 5. ENSIGNS ARE NOT ENTITLED TO A THING EXCEPT THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE NAVY LONGER THAN THEY HAVE. Money is being invested in you, the least you can do is pretend to appreciate the opportunity. Nothing chaps me more than idiots who think they are entitled. You've been in the Navy for a month, maybe two. You don't know jack. This morning was the most embarrassing thing I have ever seen.