Saturday, April 24, 2010


In this case, it is not shorthand for "administration". An "admin" is a hotel room that is booked by all of the officers of a ship. It can serve as a crash pad or as a place to have a few drinks in private or as a place to change clothes or, if one is lucky, as a place to have a little quiet sex.

All of the officers chip in to pay for the cost of renting the admin for the duration of a port visit. The ones who make the most use of it are the no-loads in the Supply, Administrative and Operations departments. The officers in the Weapons department are usually neutral about it, as some may have the free time to use the admin and some may not. Generally, the engineers are against the whole idea, as they work longer hours both in port and at sea. Junior officers who are behind on completing their SWO qualification may also be against it.

Usually those who are against it get out-voted during the wardroom meeting. After several of those, the engineers can (and do) develop hard feelings about it.


PhysioProf said...

And parties! AMIRITE?

Comrade E.B. Misfit said...

Of course.

PhysioProf said...

I probably would have enjoyed the Navy. Although all that swabbing the deck shit might have been a bit of a downer.

Allan S said...

A lot of people say that about the Navy. Yes, we do have cleaning stations twice a day, but with 200+ crew members, there is quite the rotation.

People also say "I could never have someone tell me what to do!" Unless it was an emergency situation, or some drill/excercise you are being rated on most orders are given as requests. You get a much better response and results than if you bark out commands. We have leadership courses that train us, er, how to lead. The most memorable line in my training manual was this gem; "It is normal and healthy to hear your men bitch and complain (Yes, 'bitch' was used), it is when they stop complaining you, as a leader, have to start worrying"