Saturday, February 13, 2016

You re-tweeted what?


The 2016 election year is upon us in full swing.  With both major political parties having fairly contested primaries this year, it's a good idea to review the rules concerning US military involvement in the political process.

As a military member, you may vote and contribute financially to political candidates.  You can even attend rallies, just not in uniform.  You may not run for office yourself nor "actively campaign" for any candidate.  Those rules are fairly obvious.

But what about social media?

Monday, February 1, 2016

What's in a warfare device?


A few weeks ago I was rewarded by the NEX with a 300 dollar uniform bill when I had to purchase new sets of khakis and NWUs (losing over 30 pounds will do that to you).  I was able to take all my old patches in to save a few dollars, but I had to explain why I had two different secondary warfare devices.  For officers, its already rare to have more than one warfare device, and having three is even more rare.

Which begs the question: what's in a warfare device?  Why do we wear these small pieces of metal?  It hasn't always been that way.  The Navy operated up until the 1900s without any sort of warfare device.  Naval aviation was the first (as far as I can tell) to begin using a warfare designator, which they established in 1918.  Submarines followed suit in 1923.  Some are far more recent: SWOs didn't have a pin until 1975, and the Information Dominance Warfare Device is only a few years old.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Random Polygraph Testing Coming

And the part where I give you an electric shock for bad answers is here... (image from Wikipedia)
Random polygraphs to catch insider threats?  Yup, they are here.  From NAVADMIN 015/16:

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Before you interview to become an officer...


As an officer, I often get asked to conduct interviews for enlisted Sailors seeking to apply to be an officer.  Too often, the Sailor seems to think that everything is easier as an Officer: better pay, better housing, and better working hours.  It comes as a surprise to many that if I applied the same effort I would make far more outside the military, not lose money moving every 2-3 years, and work less hours than I do now.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

I'll be back soon!

My posting has been minimal for a few reasons:

- The master's thesis took a LOT out of me. It felt like sprinting at the end of the race, only the sprint lasted over a month.
Yeah, I think so too!
- I'm moving this month. Every time I move I discover where the Navy stashes all the admin people that you never liked, so I'm constantly having to show people regulations that they should know already. Fun times! Thankfully my chain of command has given me a lot of leniency in getting things done.

- I'm killing zombies. Well, virtual ones anyway. I downloaded Survivalist on Steam and it's one of the best 3 dollar games I've ever played.
Nothing relieves PCS stress like shooting a zombie in the face with a shotgun!
But so much has happened! The Navy renamed the IDC, announced new medal devices, and at some point is releasing it's innovation award winners. On top of that, Iran took our Sailors (but then gave them back), we had a SOTU and have an upcoming Republican debate. There is a lot to talk about, so I'll be blogging again soon.