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Charge Books – A Navy Chief Initiation Tradition

Item: T: The older chiefs will pass on the knowledge and the expertise to the new chiefs with the charge book, right? So then when you- before people in the old days, when you want to be chief you have to carry around a charge book to see all other chiefs to get the- collect […]

Shellback Initiation – A Navy Tradition

Item: T: So that’s a- that’s where you crossing- you ride the ship til you’re crossing the equator. Q: Uh-huh. T:  So once you cross the equator you see King Neptune, you have to do the ceremony to become a shellback.  Once you become a shellback, next time, when you cross the equator with the […]