My Productive Day

By January 22, 2004 ruling at life, shopping

Today was a productive day.  I battled the cold and went for a run outside, I’m one episode away from having watched the entire first season of JAG, and I acquired some new items.  “New items?” you may ask.  Yes, new items.  While out running errands with my mother, I acquired a $29.50 store-credit to Express, a baby pink/white Von Dutch trucker hat, two DVDs, trail-running shoes for my upcoming move to Nevada (I hear there’s great hiking there), and a Gateway cow-print optical notebook mouse.  I also acquired an e-mail sent out by the Officer Programs Officer for the Navy’s New York Recruiting District, but I’m pretty sure that it was meant for someone else — like the Recruiting Department — not me.  Typical.

In addition to acquiring these seven items, I also did some reading today.  I finished The Phantom Tollbooth which I started last night, and I memorized the sleeve insignia of the Navy officer ranks — not the enlisted ones and not the collar insignia, but all of the sleeve insignia from Ensign to Admiral.  After that, I read my W-2 form from Insano and looked forward to the future arrival of such forms from my other jobs.  (Yes, I used to have jobs.)

I did three sets of 15 push-ups and tried on a few of my “skinny clothes” and contemplated deciding what underwear to pack for Las Vegas.  I ate a total of 51 grams of protein and actually stayed in my Weight Watchers POINTS target.

I am now situated in front of my laptop, hair in pigtails, Von Dutch hat on head, wearing Abercrombie jeans and a Hanes little boys’ wifebeater, examining the definition in my deltoid muscle with a devious grin on my face, trying to think of a witty way to end my journal entry.

A Commander has three stripes and a star.

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  • Anonymous says:

    I can think of many others more qualified to answer this question, but I’ll give it my best shot. Some Navy Commanders wear a star on their sleeves and shoulder boards, while others will wear another insignia indicating their specialty. There are several different categories of officers in any branch of the service. Generally speaking, you have your noncommissioned, staff noncommissioned, restricted, unrestricted, and warrant. I, naturally, am most familiar with the Marine Corps structure, but the Navy structure isn’t too dissimilar. In the Navy, you have different classes of officers. There are line officers, officers of a staff corps, limited duty officers, and warrant officers. Each can either be restricted or unrestricted. The line officers will wear a star near their rank. Line officers are… Well… I guess more broadly trained than a staff corps officer. They are also senior to staff corps officers, I believe. You’d have to look that up; I could be wrong. Staff corps officers will wear the insignia of the staff corps to which they belong near their rank. For instance, an officer in the Chaplain corps will wear a cross above his rank, instead of a star. Limited Duty Officers (LDOs) are officers, too, but their authority can be restricted to and within their technical field. You know what I’m trying to say? The same with warrant officers, who are officers by warrant (duh) meaning that they’ve put in their time and are experts in their field. I’m sure that if you e-mailed your OSO, he would be able to give you a much better explanation. Of course, he’d probably send it to someone else…

    • Lisa says:

      Re: Well…
      Well, as much as it may come as a surprise to you, I actually know all of that. I read and post on several Navy discussion websites daily, used to read Mike’s Navy stuff for pleasure, and am pretty familiar with the structure of all of the services. I thought perhaps I would take some time to simply memorize the sleeve insignia – the BASIC sleeve insignia – of Navy officers as printed in the NROTC Cadet Field Manual (February 1998). From there I was going to move on to enlisted (choosing to skip over warrant officers, since those are pretty easy once glanced at) and collar insignia. I was going to save the specialties for last. I figured it would take me awhile to get all of those, and I shouldn’t bother with them until the Navy decides I’m good enough anyway. In reference to the sentence “A Commander has three stripes and a star?”, I decided it sounded better than “A Commander has three stripes?”, and threw in star because it is a simple word and common and is in all of the pictures in the NROTC Cadet Field Manual (February 1998). Not to get all defensive or anything… =)
      Now, if you’ll excuse me, I had to do a System Restore on my laptop this morning and have completely lost my desktop wallpaper of the Pacific Fleet in motion. I need to find it on the Internet again. It was the coolest picture ever. =)

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        • Lisa says:

          Ah, no worries. Actually, I was wrong about one thing. I thought that my desktop wallpaper was of the Pacific Fleet (not the entire Pacific Fleet, of course, but some of it) since it consisted of two aircraft carriers–one of which was the Stennis. I figured the other was the Nimitz and jumped to conclusions that it was a battle group out of San Diego. But after further research, the picture was actually taken in April 2002 and is the “Five Nations Battle Group” consisting of two U.S. carriers and other U.S. ships and a few French ships and some Italian ones and a Dutch frigate and a British Royal Navy submarine. Kind of interesting.

          Oh, and the first time I found it, it was on a Pacific Fleet website, not an Atlantic Fleet one. =)

          • Anonymous says:

            Pretty cool! I think I’ve seen that in one of the Enduring Freedom galleries. It must have been one of those Great White Fleet-esque photo ops to scare terrorists! My kind of picture! 🙂

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