As promised in the 16 Week Writing Challenge, I will be putting up samples of work I did from the preceding week.
From my memoir in progress, Down Ladder: A Submariner’s Tale.
“ET1, can I pick the last Pearl Harbor billet?” I asked.
All through school they told us that if we were married, we would not be able to choose Pearl Harbor as our first home-port assignment. It’s too much of an investment to move junior sailors with dependents to Hawaii, because the wash-out rate for nubs is high and the government views it as a waste of money. A ‘wash-out rate’ meant that more than a few times, when a new guy got to the boat, he gave up after a few weeks because he couldn’t cut it. So, for us young dudes with wives and kids, Hawaii was out of the question.
“Not unless you gonna’ swim there, shipmate,” he said.