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    Default Equator-crossing ceremonies

    I've only read about these ceremonies and I'm curious what people think of them.

    Are they a time honored tradition or are they just dumb morale boosting fun?

    Seems like in this day and age it could be considered hazing.


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    Default Re: Equator-crossing ceremonies

    They are NOT hazing. It is a time-honored tradition. A right of passage. People today call it hazing though.

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    Default Re: Equator-crossing ceremonies

    They are tradition, filled with a lot of morale boosting (allowing steam to blow off) fun.

    Not every crossing the line ceremony involves hazing, but if things are allowed to get out of control, hazing can (and chances are at some point will) occur.

    Yes, some of the things that used to be done have been phased out, some call it PC, some call it micromanagement ... it is really just acknowledging that times and people change.

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    I went through the equator crossing ceremony (aka shellback initiation) on the USS Belleau Wood on October 7, 2002. It was stupid. It was unprofessional. It was a big waste of time. And it definitely was hazing.

    The shellback certificate is nice though.

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    Default Re: Equator-crossing ceremonies

    Quote Originally Posted by USN - Retired View Post
    I went through the equator crossing ceremony (aka shellback initiation) on the USS Belleau Wood on October 7, 2002. It was stupid. It was unprofessional. It was a big waste of time. And it definitely was hazing.

    The shellback certificate is nice though.
    Well, that's one opinion...

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    Default Re: Equator-crossing ceremonies

    Quote Originally Posted by BURAWSKI View Post
    Well, that's one opinion...
    I'll wager he didn't enjoy kissing King Neptune's belly, coated in 90w.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    I'll wager he didn't enjoy kissing King Neptune's belly, coated in 90w.
    " A 'non-hacker' wuss."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BURAWSKI View Post
    They are NOT hazing. It is a time-honored tradition. A right of passage. People today call it hazing though.
    "I'll try to copy and post my fathers he was awarded steaming (yea, real steam) enroute to Guadalcanal aug '42. Non hacking PC Navy today; following AF's tradition on destroying traditions."

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobotChicken View Post
    "I'll try to copy and post my fathers he was awarded steaming (yea, real steam) enroute to Guadalcanal aug '42. Non hacking PC Navy today; following AF's tradition on destroying traditions."

    Wow under steam to Guadalcanal is cool/scary... Nothing like being to slow to get out of your own way. The Slot, iron bottom sound and Henderson field are just a few names that come to mind.

    (Side note Mr Chicken, we destroy our own traditions since they are our own. No service wants it but it is just a reflection of the everyone gets a trophy society. I won't/wouldn't throw rocks at another service for being first cause no one can claim that other then our honored senior service the Army )

    *edit and no one knows their own branch like the ones in it.
    Last edited by Vrake; 08-15-2013 at 11:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vrake View Post
    Wow under steam to Guadalcanal is cool/scary... Nothing like being to slow to get out of your own way. The Slot, iron bottom sound and Henderson field are just a few names that come to mind.

    (Side note Mr Chicken, we destroy our own traditions since they are our own. No service wants it but it is just a reflection of the everyone gets a trophy society. I won't/wouldn't throw rocks at another service for being first cause no one can claim that other then our honored senior service the Army )

    *edit and no one knows their own branch like the ones in it.
    "1 November, 1794; USS Constitution was laid down, 21 October, 1797 is launched! Still serving Proudly in our US NAVY!! Lets sea something beat that in America!!" 'RC'.

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