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  • My Naval Career - TM2(SW/AW)

    Torpedoman's Mate Second Class (with Gold crow)-

    1987-RTC, Orlando, Fla.
    1987-TM "A" School, Orlando, Fla.
    1987-1991- Naval Undersea Warfare Engineering Station (NUWES) Keyport, WA.
    1991-95 - USS Cape Cod (AD-43)
    1995 - TM "C" School, Orlando, Fla.
    1995-99 Naval Magazine Lualualei, Ewa Beach, Hawaii.
    1999-2002 - USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
    2002- TM "C" School, Keyport, WA.
    2002-2007 - NAS Brunswick, Maine. Final command & retirement.

    Navy Achievement medal.
    Navy battle "E".
    Good conduct (5).
    Sea Service ribbon (2).
    Southwest Asia Campaign Medal (2).
    Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
    Liberation of Kuwait Medal.
    Rifle Marksman.
    Pistol Expert Medal.
    National Defense Service Medal (2).

    Operation Desert Shield.
    Operation Desert Storm.
    Operation Southern Watch.
    Operation Enduring Freedom.

    2 Western Pacific deployments.

    Shellback, Mossback.

    Surface Warfare.
    Aviation Warfare.
    Last edited by TM2(SW/AW); 10 Dec 09, 21:37.

  • #2
    At the risk of sounding like a dick, why only E5 after that long illustrious career.

    USN 1969-1973

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Shocky1352 View Post
      At the risk of sounding like a dick, why only E5 after that long illustrious career.

      USN 1969-1973
      The size of the US Navy has been reduced from the 1980's, which creates slower promotion through the ranks.
      Which can be a 'good thing- sometimes."
      in 1941, any university graduate in Canada got shuffled automatically through a Sixty day course and became a freshly minted
      second lieutenant.
      During the Pearl Harbour coastal crisis, the green troops in training were rushed out with old training rifles to defend the Pacific Coast lifesaving trail. In the excitement , my father, newly minted corporal, was assigned a 'sixty day wonder'-
      who became convinced that my Sask farm boy father, five generations out of Germany, was a "Nazi spy'
      After harrassing the regimental colonel for twenty days with his 'evidence'- the incident ended with his public dressing down at attention , in front of my father's mud covered , soaked, tired - grinning squad......
      crisis or not- dad said they never saw him again......

      the now tamed and civilised Pacific Coast trail. See it before you make the final passage...
      Last edited by marktwain; 28 Feb 20, 08:03.
      The trout who swims against the current gets the most oxygen..

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      • #4
        Nah, 20 years, all those schools, and only E5, even in peacetime means busted, not very squared away, or just don’t care to advance.
        Only TM2 can tell.
        Of course when I was in, E5 was considered the best rank for a 4 or 6 year guy. Supervised E4s on down, and real responsibility started at E6 on up.
        And TM ‘C’ school twice? Hmmm.

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        • #5
          I was an E-4 STG, sonar tech and the TMs were in our same division. We, USS Biddle DLG 34, had twin, (port and starboard) triple tube launchers for the torpedos of the time, as well as ASROC, rockets that would deliver torpedos out to a designated spot distant from the ship, where they would begin their search pattern.
          We had 2 Sonar chiefs and 15-20 sonar techs, but only 2 or 3 TMs aboard in 1972 in the waning years of the Vietnam war. My buddy TM, a 4 year enlisted, made E-5 in 3 years. He was senior TM aboard, though he reported to E6 and above STGs.
          Our TM 2 made E5 months before us E4 STGs, as he was a more specialized rating and we were STG rich.
          E5 in 3years is what makes me wonder why only E5 after 20.

          I get the part about the times, but seem to remember that if you didn’t want to advance in an enlisted rating, they didn’t want to keep you, especially if your service was shedding numbers.

          I got out after 4 years, but could have made E-5 by extending for a year.

          TM2 posted his info, I’m only commenting on it.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TM2(SW/AW) View Post
            Torpedoman's Mate Second Class (with Gold crow)-

            1987-RTC, Orlando, Fla.
            1987-TM "A" School, Orlando, Fla.
            1987-1991- Naval Undersea Warfare Engineering Station (NUWES) Keyport, WA.
            1991-95 - USS Cape Cod (AD-43)
            1995 - TM "C" School, Orlando, Fla.
            1995-99 Naval Magazine Lualualei, Ewa Beach, Hawaii.
            1999-2002 - USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
            2002- TM "C" School, Keyport, WA.
            2002-2007 - NAS Brunswick, Maine. Final command & retirement.

            Navy Achievement medal.
            Navy battle "E".
            Good conduct (5).
            Sea Service ribbon (2).
            Southwest Asia Campaign Medal (2).
            Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
            Liberation of Kuwait Medal.
            Rifle Marksman.
            Pistol Expert Medal.
            National Defense Service Medal (2).

            Operation Desert Shield.
            Operation Desert Storm.
            Operation Southern Watch.
            Operation Enduring Freedom.

            2 Western Pacific deployments.

            Shellback, Mossback.

            Surface Warfare.
            Aviation Warfare.

            Thank you for your service.

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