Originally Posted by canebrake
Submarine Qualifications; The training you must pass on every boat you ride. Designated with a (SS) after your rank, and the right to wear the Dolphins on your chest.
A good 'sub driver' (Captain) will pin them on you up-side-down at your "Qual Ceremony". The true way to earn them right-side-up is to attend the second "Qual Ceremony" on the beach.
Ask me about that ceremony sometime!
I would LOVE to hear about that ceremony!
These things are obsolete by our standards.
When I received my dolphins, I was told that any incidence of hazing would result in immediate NJP. This was; of course, meant to be a lesson on "don't tell ME what they do when you get your Dolphins". This was about 15 years ago. Being the firearm enthusiast I am, by the time I was out of BESS and A School, I already had my shooting medals behind me and was champing at the bit during range quals. Christmas came every 6 months for me in Submarine duty and that was when we were taken to Little Creek Amphib base to do gun quals! I have no idea how politically correct this has become in in the last 5 or so years with Obama in Command.
BOT. The most valuable training I ever received to date was my NRA Certified Instructor training. It is very basic compared to the high dollar tactical pistol/carbine/shotgun/survival defense classes that are being highly sought by advanced students. Our Instructor Counselor was not a "pay it, take it, make it" guy. We lost 1/3 of the students to attrition before the range qual evaluations. Some of these individuals were advanced shooters but never got the opportunity to make it to the range to qualify on the last day.
I've been through plenty of the other "firearms training" but it does not teach you the proper way to handle a student. I ultimately learned more when I realized it was time to slow down from the "low drag, high speed" to learn to lead more by example
. These days, I have become very conscious of more than just how quick I can acquire a "bad guy" target. Of course, I would not trade my defensive firearms training off either. Especially when it comes down to situational awareness vs being able to impress people with tactical gymnastics.