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    Posted: 13 Aug 2017 at 7:27am
I know of two guys that were CPO's and were promoted to Warrant officer. The question I have is this. Does the individual who is promoted have to re-qualify for gold dolphins or do his silver dolphins stay in place as part of his uniform. Or does he have an option for either or.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote fortyrod Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Aug 2017 at 7:54am
In the surface Navy ESWS qualified, they would have to re-qualify gold SW. I'm pretty sure it would be the same on boats, but then I never seen a warrent on boats, so what do I know?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GaryKC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Aug 2017 at 8:34am
Depends on the administrations monarchs mindset on whether trans-dolphins can serve at all.
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The requirements for Gold & Silver dolphins are totally different, the main difference being required to qualify as OOD and In-Port Duty Officer.  I pinned on Silver in 1958 and wore them for 10 years until qualifying Gold in January of 1969. I went from ETC(SS) to Ensign in 1965. Spent 2 years on a DLG after commissioning and got questioned often about the the "wings" were for.
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I wore my silver dolphins and patrol pin throughout my career in the US Army and was asked many times about them.  Usually my answer was followed by a question about Army submarines.  In fact, at my (& 50 others soldiers') retirement ceremony the General stopped and asked me what they were.

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Wore my silvers (1960) until I earned my gold (1970).
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I would have thought by now that the Navy would follow suit with SEALs, The Air Rorce and Army and have one color for all ranks. .. My Dad was a Mustang Lt Col. when he retired.During a tour of my boat during a family day back in 71 or so,  he noticed the different color dolphins our crew were wearing. On the way home He made a very typical Army vs Navy comment about Naval Officers and we both had a good laugh..I wish I could remember the comment but it had something to do with royality and plush lifestyles..The Army/Navy rivalry seemed to be more intense with the WW2 and Korea Army veterans I knew back then....Broke my Dad's heart when I got Drafted and went Navy LOL.
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Question about Warrant Officers. Somewhere in my memory I thought that the WO1 was not considered a commissioned officer until made WO2. That may be back when the Navy had Commodores, just not sure.
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Originally posted by smiley smiley wrote:

I would have thought by now that the Navy would follow suit with SEALs, The Air Rorce and Army and have one color for all ranks. .. My Dad was a Mustang Lt Col. when he retired.During a tour of my boat during a family day back in 71 or so,  he noticed the different color dolphins our crew were wearing. On the way home He made a very typical Army vs Navy comment about Naval Officers and we both had a good laugh..I wish I could remember the comment but it had something to do with royality and plush lifestyles..The Army/Navy rivalry seemed to be more intense with the WW2 and Korea Army veterans I knew back then....Broke my Dad's heart when I got Drafted and went Navy LOL.


Your Dad was a Mustang Lcol and you earned your Dolphins?

And you and he thought that the Officer and Enlisted Submarine Qualifications were/are identical?

I was an Enlisted man that Retired as a Commander and served as Qualification Officer on Trepang, in part because I also served on Pargo and Bergall, including qualifying on Pargo. (All three short hulled SSN-637 Class boats.

I'd love to chat with your Dad and explain that he seemingly doesn't know his butt from a hole in the ground about Submarine Officer/Enlisted Quals - and I'd bring up the fact that I know virtually nothing about Officer/Enlisted Seal Quals.  Did he mention anything about SWO or Aviation Quals and insignia?

Was he a Seal, or just talks a lot about programs that he knows nothing about?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 610ET Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Aug 2017 at 9:31pm
Originally posted by Tom McNulty Tom McNulty wrote:

Question about Warrant Officers. Somewhere in my memory I thought that the WO1 was not considered a commissioned officer until made WO2. That may be back when the Navy had Commodores, just not sure.


Correct.

W1 was not a Presidential commission.
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