By lex, on January 1st, 2012
That’s something we used to teach sailors, back when learning how to be a mariner was more important than the things they are being taught today.
There are only so many useful hours in a day. You can either learn how to tie a knot, or your can be indoctrinated on the benefits of diversity, etc.
I was an eagle scout, and my father had been in the merchant marine. He taught me how to tie a bowline one-handed by the time I was 12. A few years later, when I was a midshipman, I tied a messenger line around a stanchion aboard a Boat School yard patrol craft with a clove hitch. A grizzled bosun’s mate first class looked at my work, and said weightily to no one in particular, “That’s a good knot.” I was inordinately proud of myself, as such praise was hard to come by. That was back in 1980 or so.
To paraphrase Rummie, “You go to war with the Navy you have, not the one you wish you had.”
Update: A potential explanation is found here:
On July 3, 75 women from USS Howard (DDG 83) and USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93) gathered for a women’s symposium hosted by USS Howard’s female commanding officer, Cmdr. Ande Bergmann, to discuss professional development topics for women in the US Navy, and to discuss sexual harassment, assault and the policies governing the issues.
“We heard a cry, specifically on how to address and confront sexual assault and harassment,” Bergmann said. “In response, we decided that a small symposium would allow us to come together and truly educate ourselves on these issues in the workplace that women throughout the fleet face.”
Held at an off-ship location, women from all ranks were able to meet in a more intimate setting and discuss the tough issues confronting women embarked on ships.
One intuits that marlinspike seamanship was not among the topics discussed.
After all, there were much more important things to chat about, and time was no doubt short.
For example, the career prospects of the next male commanding officer who decides to have a male-only off-site to meet in a more intimate setting and discuss the tough issues confronting men embarked on ships.