This blog intended to accomplish the following:
- provide commentary on current events, from a U.S. Navy veteran’s perspective.
- document my experiences in the Navy for historical purposes
- share information with others who have had similar experiences
After serving in the navy for 10 years on active duty, I left the navy in 1987 with far less respect for it than I had going in. My experience became a lesson on how people become corrupted by power, and how the navy excused and covered up negligence and dereliction of duties. I am not anti-navy. I would like to see a stronger, better navy as a result of this information. That is, instead of the weakened, politically correct navy we now have. Call it tough love.
The navy is a lot like the Catholic Church, and I am a former Catholic, as well. Especially in the way it handles its problems. They all think they can sweep scandal under the rug, pay a few people off, and shuffle people around in the hope that problems will go away. The problems of sexual assaults and harassment, and abuses of power continue to this day. And the numbers are increasing. If you become victimized by any of it and come forward with what happened, you will get the whistleblower treatment: discredited, marginalized, ostracized, denied promotion and retention. To be successful in today’s navy, you have to become a “see no evil, hear no evil” person that ignores any wrongdoing. If you are female and attractive in any way, and then harassed or assaulted, you will be judged has having invited the problem. I firmly believe that if we are going to continue having women serve in the military, more people need to speak out, otherwise more people will suffer abuse and injustice.