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 A Wise Old Master Chief Once Said

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    Posted: 15 Aug 2017 at 2:16pm
A Wise Old Master Chief Once Said

A young Ensign approaches the crusty old Master Chief and asked about the origin of the commissioned officer insignias.

"Well," replied the Master Chief, "the insignias for the Navy are steeped in history and tradition.
First, we give you a gold bar representing that you are very valuable but also malleable.
The silver bar also represents significant value, but is less malleable.
Now, when you make Lieutenant, your value doubles, hence the two silver bars.
As a Captain, you soar over the military masses, hence the eagle.
As an Admiral, you are, obviously, a star.
Does that answer your question?"

"Yes Master Chief" replied the young Ensign. "But what about Lieutenant Commander and Commander?"

"That, sir, goes waaaay back in history, back to the Garden of Eden. You see we've always covered our pricks with leaves."

Jim Collins
US Navy 1960 to 1968
1962-1964 Holy Loch, Scotland
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