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    From: Joe Schultz
    Date: 2009 Sep 24, 20:08 -0700

    Hello, have been reading since about 2002.  Special thanks to Dan Hogan and 
    Frank Reed for saving the list (and especially the archives).
    Did my time in the US Navy 1986-1992 (active).  One year sea time as a 
    division officer on an Adams class destroyer out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 
    then two years as a department head on a Knox class frigate out of Norfolk, 
    Virginia (I was fast-tracked).  The rest of the active time was schooling, 
    travel and leave.  The Navy sure likes their schools, but I learned they're a 
    world apart from the real world (the fleet).
    My interest in navigation isn't practical anymore.  I pull out my log tables a 
    few times a year and do a few problems - I'm of the age of never having a 
    math class with a calculator.  Reading this list has been enlightening, 
    especially from the real world folks like "the merchie" Jeremy.  I'm envious 
    that he has the time to play - to us destroyermen free time meant six hours 
    of sleep instead of four.
    I you're interested then I can bust some myths regarding the school (i.e. 
    Dutton's) vs. reality.  I still have my copy of Dutton's, and it's in 
    pristine condition.  Didn't even bring it to my second ship.  Let me know if 
    you want some stories.
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