Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: first class req. 9b, c, d
Re: first class req. 9b, c, d
Tue, 22 Jun 1999 10:11:02 -0700
I had written a much longer reply to Jay's post, but I've decided to stick
with a "to set the record straight" message, instead. (I'll post my other
message if I really feel like pushing the list monitor. ;-) )
Anyway, just to set the record straight, it may be that the Marine involved
in the alleged episode, was also a Scout and learned to inflate his pants as
a PFD in Scouts. It is a fact that he learned it in Basic Training. It is
a requirement (and the USMC doesn't waive requirements) that all Marines
inflate and float using the individual's blouse (shirt) and again using the
individual's trousers (pants).
And, also to set the record straight, Navy and Marine Corps personnel
embarked on U.S. Naval Combatants (fancy term, meaning ships of the US Navy,
US Marine Corps, and USCG) do not wear PFDs 24/7. PFDs are worn during
specific evolutions: UnReps, Drills, real events corresponding to those
same drills. And, fwiw, not all embarked personnel wear PFDs during each of
those evolutions. The only time all personnel don PFDs is for any evolution
that includes an announcement over the MC1 to "Set 'Zebra' throughout the
ship!" 'Zebra' is the condition of establishing complete watertight
containment. It's called 'Zebra' because all watertight doors and hatches
are marked with a red 'Z' -- and to distinguish the term from 'Zulu,' which
is used for all other instances to express the letter 'z.' And, also fwiw,
in many scenarios, the setting of 'Zebra' includes not only donning PFDs,
but also of donning PBDs -- Personal Breathing Devices, or "gas masks."
Believe it or not, certain of our ships have a deck material that creates
poisonous fumes when it burns. Of course, there're the drills/rw scenarios
involving NBC agents, too.
The point of all this is (imho), even the Marine Corps takes a lesson from
Scouting: Be Prepared.