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    Re: Sabres and Sextants
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2003 Jan 29, 22:06 -0500

    Yes Robert, but I spoke of cavalry sabres not bayonets. There are reasons why 
    the Army issue one and not the other.
    The Navy, the USCG, and the Air Force do not normally issue bayonets either. 
    Even the Army does not issue them to MP's for routine duty. Bayonets are 
    issued only to those men, in those forces, who are expected to *use* them.
    Dissembling on the analogy does not affect the basis of it: Celestial Nav is a 
    largely obsolete tool and that is why the services are not "issuing" it. The 
    only people who can afford to carry it are those aboard ships and 
    places--where they can carry lighter smaller tools that perform better and 
    faster with less training. Inertial navigation can now be done with IC chips 
    that fit in a matchbox without removing the matches. That's plenty of backup 
    for GPS.
    And if you see a bright mushroom cloud on the horizon, you won't need your GPS 
    or your sextant. Just turn your back to it, and go the other way.

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