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It is difficult to describe living aboard a Navy ship to someone who has not experienced it. Here are a few things that occur while living aboard a Navy ship, and things that you can do at home to simulate them.
- Aircraft Maintenance
- Have your father in-law (Squadron Maintenance Officer) set 20 unachievable goals on Monday morning with the promise that if they are achieved there will be liberty for whole family on Sunday. Have the entire family work 18-hour days for the entire week while your father in-law goes golfing. Achieve all the goals. Upon your father in-law’ return Saturday night, have him announce that due to operational commitments one of the following will occur: the duty section (1/3 of family) will have to work Sunday or liberty is canceled. Do this for couple of years and then reward your father in-law with a promotion and a medal for superior operational readiness.
- Purchase a beat up 30 year old car (aircraft). Keep the following schedule to the letter and with accurate records of everything. Have three highly qualified people inspect the car before driving (preflight), then have a 16-year-old who just got his license and knows nothing about cars inspect it again. Have him drive the car as if it were a rented Corvette with full coverage insurance (flight ops). When he returns have him tell you everything his one month of vast experience tells him is wrong, using vague phrases. Have three people inspect the car (Post flight/Daily inspection) and the next morning. even though the car has not moved, have three people re-inspect it. Every third day replace the alternator in the car before driving. Every 7, 14, 28 and 56 days, take one section of the car apart and then reassemble it. Every 128 days take the entire car apart and then reassemble it.
- Wash and wax all the cars on your block once a week in the rain to simulate washing aircraft. Have a 10-year old neighbor kid quality check the work and tell you all the places you missed.
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