By lex, on July 16th, 2009
When I was a youngster midshipman, I had the opportunity to exchange pleasantries with a World War II veteran that had sailed his submarine into Tokyo Bay, leaving havoc in his wake.
“How many ladies d’ye have at the Naval Academy these days, boy?” asked the old coot with a gleam in his eye.
“I believe about there are about three hundred females out of 4,400 midshipmen in the brigade,” I replied.
“And how many of them are pregnant?” he went on.
“None, sir. Being pregnant or having caused pregnancy while as a midshipman is a barrier to service, we’re told. Midshipmen are too busy to be responsible for families.”
“Ha,” he cried in evident pleasure, “That’s why you mids today are not the men your fathers were!”
“How is that, sir?”
“In our day, they would have all been pregnant!”
Baby steps you know. But progress none the less.
* 09-08-2018 Link Gone; no replacements found – Ed.