The Johnsons (xjohnson@A.crl.com)
Thu, 13 Feb 1997 16:12:52 -0600
I have recently been reading the things said about SEAL Training and I
think that there isn't any problem with the name. I was on the first crew
to participate in SEAL Training and I am proud of the name and the things I
learned. Furthermore, none of the Skippers in our council have a problem
with the name and most of them were in the Navy and fought in Vietnam. Why
is a name such a big deal? If it was called SCUBA training (for some
strange reason, I don't know) yes, people would get confused, but Jacques
Cousteau and the crew of the Calypso would not be offended...I don't think.
Why should everyone be so darned upset about something like a name anyway?
This is a wonderful course that teaches more than Leadership skills. It
teaches respect for elders as well as peers. I learned that I can get
along with people that have barely anything in common with me. Mr. Elroy
did not post the message about SEAL Training to cause an argument on
something so trivial as a name anyway. He posted it to inform scouts of
the wonderful opportunity that is available to them.
When people have asked me about SEAL Training, I have gladly told them
about the program. No scout has said, "Hey, that's false advertising."
Most teenagers do not join Sea Scouts simply because they want to be in the
Navy...That may be a contributing factor, but not always. I don't want to
be in the Navy...If I did, I would join something like the Sea Cadets.
They are the guys that go out on the Navy ships etc. I joined Sea Scouts
because I love the water and I can't think of a better way to spend my time
(with the exception of piano which is just as enjoyable:)
SEAL Training is a wonderful name for this program and it promotes
advancement. Kids find out what SEAL stands for, become really interested,
and work on becoming an Ordinary. Once Ordinary is reached, why not work
towards ABLE and sail on the Coast Guard Eagle? This program will bring in
a lot of Ordinary scouts, but they will leave with the motivation to become
Quartermaster. That is all that matters.
I think that the name shows a great deal of respect and (in a way)
admiration towards the Navy Seals. There are a lot of people that disagree
with the whole concept of the Seals and the actions they must take in
hostile situations. Why can't Sea Scouting (which teaches the same kind of
values as the Navy) have a name like SEAL? Do father's get angry when
their children emulate them? I don't think they would, but I don't know.