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Old 06-06-2012, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City area
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I worked a crossword puzzle today, with the clue "Rear, to an admiral." Of course the answer is Aft, because that's boat talk for the back end of the boat. So then, thought I, well, if they call that Aft, then why isn't a Rear Admiral called an Aft Admiral?

Think on that one........
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I worked a crossword puzzle today, with the clue "Rear, to an admiral." Of course the answer is Aft, because that's boat talk for the back end of the boat. So then, thought I, well, if they call that Aft, then why isn't a Rear Admiral called an Aft Admiral?

Think on that one........

Because it's the Navy and they simply MUST have their own language. Who knows why?

It reminds me of a young sailor who was swabbing the deck. He got mad, threw his swab and said, "I'm not mopping any more floors is this man's Navy!'

The Captain happened to be going by at that moment and locked the young man's heels:

"Floor? FLOOR? Young sailor, I'll have you know this is the NAVY and that's NOT a floor! It's a DECK! And, that is a bulkhead, not a wall. A hatchway, not a door. It's port side, not left. It's starboard, not right. That's the bow of the ship, not the front. That's the stern, not the back. We have passageways and gangways and forward and aft and windward and leeward.

You'd better learn all this Navy talk and I mean right now, or I'll throw out one of those...those...uh,....little round windows right there."
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:31 AM
 
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Because "aft" and "rear" don't mean the same thing in the context used. Aft refers to the back part of a ship (or airplane). It is not used as a descriptor for someone's rank. Rear Admiral denotes a junior admiral who would have commanded the ships in the rear of a battle group. The senior admiral would have had positions in front of the last or rear admiral.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:37 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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So then, thought I, well, if they call that Aft, then why isn't a Rear Admiral called an Aft Admiral?
Your problem is that you "thought"... You aren't military...

In naval terminology, aft is an adjective or adverb meaning towards the stern (rear) of the ship, not the rear of an Admiral. Rear admirals did not command the lead ships in battle... Being lower ranking, they would be in the rear of the naval squadron which is of course a unit of several major warships, transport ships or submarines... Thus, the Rear Admiral.

So, "having said that" (my current 'the phrase I dislike'), how many trucks are on an Army Post?


Rich

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Old 06-07-2012, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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"having said that" (my current 'the phrase I dislike'),


Rich
'having said that'...


Hmm, my annoying ones (and my interpretation):
'at the end of the day' - I can't *actually* come to the point, so I'm trying to draw this presentation out
'knee of the curve' - I don't know statistics and I'm hoping this magically works out...
'take-a-knee assignment' - crappy job
'words have meaning' - no s***, Sherlock
'Respectfully,' - you're about to say something that shows no respect at all
'Can't speak for' - yet you're about to try
'Did you counsel him in writing?' - no, Sir, I just assumed as an adult, he knew not to drink 20 beers and drive home, and didn't have to be told specifically not to do that at Club Skank, prior to being popped for a felony DUI


Bonus: for Signal soldiers: 'draw services' - I don't know what this technical effect is (which is in my job), but it does something that seems cool, you won't know the difference, and I can blame someone else if it goes wrong
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Texas
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how many trucks are on an Army Post?


Rich
One. It's at the top of the flagpole.
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Old 06-10-2012, 05:27 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Aft? Oh, you mean the blunt end. Bow must be the pointy end.
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