Some civilian guys asked me the other day what the man in blue does. They were really in awe about the various things the Coast Guard does and jobs that are to be had. Despite the fact that one of these guys used to live ridiculously close to a CG base, he had little knowledge of the mission, positions and personnel in the CG. Weird, huh? Okay, maybe not.
I attempted to share my knowledge with these guys. The thing that cracked me up the most was that they couldn't seem to grasp the idea of any size ship being gone for 2-3 months at a time. They questioned refueling, food, etc. When I explained a bit on that. One replied with, "Oh, so they really aren't away from land that long. I guess it's not that tough."
Did that make you laugh? Did you roll your eyes? Or do you just hate statements like that?
Yeah, deployments are a walk-in-the park, I wanted to say. Sheesh.