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I was out of town on a family visit for a week but finally got to see the last two episodes of Last Resort last night. I am continuing to enjoy the show but my years in the navy made me uncomfortable with a couple of things. First, I nearly levitated when the SECDEF's senior assistant called Captain Chaplain "mister." Two things bothered me about that. Somebody who was an old time, experienced Washington player would know that in the Navy, commanders and above are addressed by their rank, never as "mister." Doing so is regarded as an insult because only lieutenant commanders and below are so addressed. I was surprised that the captain didn't call her on on her gaffe but for some reason he didn't.
I was also bothered by how the sailors addressed the COB as "sir" when he was released from the brig. This, too, is a no no. Chief petty officers are always addressed by their rank and not as "sir." The appellation "sir" is reserved for commissioned officers. Any self respecting chief I ever knew would have jerked a half hitch in the nether regions of any sailor who made such a mistake.
I admit that my complaints are quibbles and want to stress that I enjoy the show. Also, the orders and responses given on the boat when it is underway have seemed authentic from the perspective of a guy who was a surface warfare officer a looong time ago.
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