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What things should I send to my spouse on deployment?

Pillow Cases

Use available programs to print an image of yourself onto a t-shirt transfer for a pillow case for your spouse to take during deployments and patrols, it makes the nights alone a little easier. You may want to make one for yourself as well!

How do I stay in touch with family?

Online E-mail

There are many free web based email accounts that allow you to check as well as send e-mail without being at home. All you need is a pc with an internet connection. It is an easy way to stay in touch with family and friends not to mention a good way to keep the same e-mail address throughout all of the moves and duty station changes.

what is a Binnacle List?

Binnacle List

Many novice sailors, confusing the words 'binnacle' and barnacle, have wondered what their illnesses had to do with crusty growths found on the hull of a ship. Their confusion is understandable. Binnacle is defined as the stand or housing for the ship's compass located on the bridge. The term binnacle list, in lieu of sick list, originated years ago when ship corpsmen used to place a list of sick on the binnacle. After long practice, it came to be called the binnacle list.

what are Bell Bottom Trousers?

Bell Bottom Trousers

Commonly believed that the trousers were introduced in 1817 to permit men to roll them above the knee when washing down the decks, and to make it easier to remove them in a hurry when forced to abandon ship or when washed overboard. The trousers may be used as a life preserver by knotting the legs.



Bamboozle In today's Navy, when you intentionally deceive someone, usually as a joke, you are said to have bamboozled them. The word was used in the days of sail also, but the intent was not hilarity. Bamboozle meant to deceive a passing vessel as to your ship's origin or nationality by flying an ensign other than your own -- a common practice of pirates.

what is an Aviation Green Uniform?

Aviation Green Uniform

In September, 1917 the "Forestry" Green uniform of the U.S. Marine Corps was authorized for aviation officers as a winter working uniform. The earliest use of the uniform by enlisted men came in 1941 when chief petty officers designated as Naval Aviation Pilots were authorized to wear the uniform. In November, 1985 Aviation Working Greens were authorized for wear by women in the aviation community.

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