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You have reached the TR Reactor Dept support group. If this sounds like a bunch of confusing crap, your in the wrong spot....you probrably want porn or something.
This site is for the Reactor Department on the Roosevelt, folks that served on any nuclear command, or anyone interested in learning more about the weird, wacky world of Rickover. This site is meant to entertain and to educate. Feel free to contact me on anything you have questions about or changes you think should be made.
This site was created by me around 2004 while I was serving in the navy. I did a six year stint from Nov 2000 to 2006. In that time I was primarily on one ship, the USS Theodore Roosevelt aka “The Big Stick” up the ass. This site is dedicated to my fellow hard working nukes that struggle daily to keep that floating pile of shit working despite an utterly lack of support from their chain of command. I, like most enlisted people, left after my initial commitment was over. This site is meant to be humorous and somewhat more truthful than the typical Hollywood crap or enlistment commercial.
Now you may notice rather quick that I had a lot of issues with my command and you should recognize that my experiences are mine alone. I served with a guy from bootcamp to the TR and he stayed in. For him, he felt the Navy was better than going back to the civilian world. I suspect he is borderline insane. But the point is, my experiences should not be seen as the end all, be all navy experience.
Alright...I am finally, after a couple of years of being out and in college, going back and fixing the spelling and grammar issues. I am also going back and using the benefit of time to re-examine some of the more angry things I have written. Anyone from the TR that stumbles on this site, or any in general that want me to add, change, or delete anything contact me via email.
As of March 23, 2009, I have fixed the first two pages...
|Welcome to the Field Day Zone!!!
Alright kiddoes, if any of you cats are thinking of joining and stumbled on this site…well good on you for trying to get a different side to the Navy. The Navy isn’t what you see on TV, Movies, or even what a recruiter will tell you to be completely honest. If you end up in DEP (Delayed Entry Program) and you want out…well just tell your recruiter. He can’t actually make you do anything at that point. Don’t mind the fact he will scream, lie, and do anything short of kidnapping you to meet his quota.
If you’re a cat already in, use your time. It ends a lot quicker than you imagine, believe me. Many people think that when they get out, the sun will be shining, pussy (or cock depending on your persuasion) will rain from the sky, and people will be lined up to hire ex-military people. Well that isn’t really all that accurate. Without clear planning and goals, the transition can be extremely difficult. You are going to need cash for one thing. I have known way too many people that have gotten out, spent a year off and had no clue or plan to get beyond the initial goal of just leaving the navy. Between the current lousy economy and fairly common stress problems, too many ex-sailors end up drug/alcohol abusers and/or homeless. These are important issues the military should make leaving members aware of but to be honest, as soon as you make it known your leaving, the military stops giving a shit about you…well what little they did in the first place.
Your going to notice that this site is geared primarily towards the nuclear aspect of the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the Navy in general. I have gotten emails from people wanting to know more general information regarding enlistment other rates. I created a new page for people with very general questions about enlistment. I primarily only have experience working with this one ship's crew and the engineering department in particular. That said, if you got a question about a particular aspect of the boat or command, I can probrably answer it or send you in the right direction. Just send me an email.
A Command of Chains
I often get asked by people that never served, especially now that I am at college, if it was really as bad as say "Full Metal Jacket". To be honest, in a lot of ways, it wasn’t that hard of a job. I knew where I was supposed to be and what I would be doing the entire time I was in. I had a regular paycheck and was never worried about getting fired. Hell, even the whole going six months without seeing your family isn’t really that tough; dead-beat dads do it year round. The thing is that little things add up and without a release, people tend to explode. It is like every day, some person just jabs you in the arm every day. For months on end, that little jab starts to hurt more and more, until your arm is just one big gaping gangrenous wound and you freak out on the little bastard jabbing you with the pencil. A chain of command needs to be the outlet that prevents issues from growing out of control and consuming their sailors. The problem is that in my experience, it’s usually the command that is the little bastard with the pencil. Little things are put in the way of the day to day operations that can cause the biggest issues. Often times, it was the appearances that were the most important thing to the command. Case in point is below. While out to sea, our new XO found a filthy space that the division in charge of it was not doing their job. Rather than respond logically, the command did the most moral killing thing possible. This wasn’t a unique situation…this is how a typical command finds a problem and solves it. This is an email that spread throughout our boat one day out to sea.
This is the e-mail that the XO sent to the Department Heads and the bottom line is simple, WE are not holding our Sailors and ourselves to the minimum Navy standard, never mind where OUR standard should be. The level of effort this morning was better than it has been but we need to pick it up. I do not want the Chief to do everything but I expect the Chief to walk around and see what is going on and there First Class Petty Officers should be driving this daily effort. The HOP is only part of doing things, sweepers are also included. Burned out light bulbs, broken fixtures and filthy bulkheads are clear signs that no one has been in that space for days. Tomorrow is another day and it needs to be better than today, we are not so busy that we can’t bust the rust, prime and paint a head that you or your family would not use! Would you let your family, Mother, Father, Wife, Husband or children use your Sailors heads? WE will get to the standard that OUR Sailors deserve and since we own all the Sailors it is our responsibility to ensure it happens.
We have a SERIOUS problem. This ship is DIRTY.
Now, I have been lenient and understanding given that we came back from an arduous deployment and we gave everyone 17 or more days of leave in the PDLV period; however, we have been back together for one week of which 3 days have been underway and I am appalled at the lack of cleanliness of this ship.
I am not alone in my assessment of the ship. Our new CMC, who does not have any blinders on since he is new, has commented to me that his one and only complaint is that our ship is dirty. He has promised his sailors that they will have a clean place to live, eat and shower, and he is determined to come through for them. To date, I HAVE FAILED. Although I have cajoled, and I have instituted XOHOP, and I have made the Air Plan cartoon with ACBWOs and Filter Cleaning Watches, I have yet in the one year I have been assigned to this ship, gotten this ship to the cleanliness level it needs to be at. Cleanliness is one of my 3 goals as XO (cleanliness, preservation and DC) and I do not intend to fail in my last 12 months onboard. So, no more Mr. Nice Guy.
The space that tripped my trigger today was 2-225-1 to 2-235-1. It is maintained by VS-24 and S-3. Since VS-24 is not onboard, S-3 owns it. However, let me remind you all that S-3 has NO work spaces or people living there they just maintain it. Well, it was the veritable PIGPEN! I found half eaten apples, ice cream sticks, chicken bones, fruit loops, dust, trash and crap from weeks of neglect, That means everyday sailors walking through there used it as one big trash can.
I have implored you all to get tough on cleanliness and you have, BUT I fear the message isn’t getting through to everyone so I am compelled to take drastic action to (1) get everyone’s attention and (2) get this ship cleaned up. Therefore, I have directed the SUPPO to (1) shut down the soda machines, (2) stop dispensing cereal, (3) shut down the candy machines, (4) shut down selling food (chips, candy, etc) in the ship’s store, (5) stop dispensing ice cream. There will be no more ice cream socials, (6) I will place guards at the exits to the mess decks to keep fresh fruit from leaving the mess decks and (7) no more chicken wings will be served UFN.
I have taken pictures of the trash and The ROUGH RIDER will have an article and the pictures in it tomorrow so that all can see what I saw.
We are all one team and as a team, we will all suffer until PEER PRESSURE kicks in and shipmates start holding other shipmates accountable for their PIGPEN manners and ways. I do not take this action lightly. It hurts the good sailors, it hurts our ship store profits which fund MWR, it hurts everyone but we are all one TEAM and until the TEAM starts acting like a TEAM with respect to cleanliness, then it is action I am forced to take. Supply department is not going to pick up after our PIGPEN sailors any longer.
If we do not make any progress and I keep finding food all over, then I will secure the chow lines, enlisted and officer, until people start to get hungry and figure out that I am serious about this. If folks can live in the Brig for 3 days on bread and water, then we can live for one day without food while we get this ship clean. We will eat for 2 days and fast and clean for the third day and continue until we get this ship going back in the right direction. I will even go so far as to ask the Captain to stay out to sea until we can get this ship clean. Remember, we were supposed to stay out for 28 straight days so coming back home early IS NOT A RIGHT! IT IS A PRIVILEGE THAT WE MUST EARN! Cleanliness is a part of our MISSION and TR ALWAYS gets the MISSION done.
I am personally ashamed of the level of cleanliness of some parts of this ship and I am embarrassed that the Captain has to entertain DVs wondering whether or not they will come across a PIGPEN space. We, the men and women of TR, owe the Captain better than that.
All I can ask of you all is your continued support and try to get through to your sailors that this is serious, that I am serious, and that as professionals, we can and must do better. The American Taxpayer does not pay us to be slobs, they pay us to be professionals, professionals in all that we do! If you have slobs that need to be kicked out of the Navy then I will happily endorse your request to boot them!
Big ‘MEAN’ XO
Aka The HammerOkay…to be honest, this is not how the original email looked. I fixed the spelling and gramatical errors. It really depressed me that the number 2 man on the boat wrote emails like a 9 year old girl texting in class. Then again, for some reason the navy believes the most qualified people to supervise a nuclear propulsion plant is pilots who get a crash course at prototype. Another thing that pissed me off is that our XO didn’t seem to understand that sending an email to the chiefs of the boat was possibly the worst, least secure fashion to make this issue known. Basically this email, no matter what they would try to do, would get out to the grunts and we would witness first hand how little they valued us. The thing is, this email is a complete joke. Most civilians don’t realize that Navy personnel have to pay for every meal that is served on a naval vessel. It doesn’t matter that if a nuke gets two meals a day, he is lucky, the navy is always certain to take 3 meals a day out of our paychecks. So our XO was going to secure meals despite the fact that all of us were paying for them. But even more infuriating to me as a member of engineering at the time is that missing a meal is extremely dangerous when working in the extreme heat environment of an engine room. So basically, since a supply division is too fucking lazy to keep one space clean, all the watch standers in the plant can risk passing out from a heat stroke. A clean space is worth the safety of the crew is the point I get from this. Also, the idea that the CO had any control over when and how long the boat stays out is completely laughable. He has about as much control over where the boat went as I did. So what did we learn from this incident? My XO was a Napoleonic asshole, with delusions of grandeur, an inability to write a coherent email, and had a complete and total disregard of the safety of the crew and thus therefore the ship. This, I am sad to say, is not a unique description of a naval officer.
This is where you will spend time crying yourself to sleep.
All photos were taken with full permission of all individuals or at least posted with a prior warning. Photos were altered to protect careers. I recieved no permission or support from anyone from the TR or the Dept of the Navy in the creation of this site. This is for entertainment and thearaputic purposes only. Please enjoy.