When I put on my uniform I feel like a different person. When I am walking around in civilian clothes, people don’t really pay me any attention. With the uniform on, it’s like I am a superhero. My wife hates going out in public when I am in “Superhero Mode”. My chest puffs out, I walk tall and I say hello to everybody. When I rode with Jim, my wife wanted to know if I was going to wear my uniform so it would be like Batman and Robin.
Today we did our semiannual uniform shift from summer whites to winter blues. This shift was a little different though. The Navy is in the process of eliminating our seasonal office uniforms, combining them in to one Service Uniform. The Service Uniform has only been released in Chicago and San Diego. When I was in Chicago back in August, I picked up a few sets since they are not available online yet.
The uniform in my opinion is sharp and will be much easier to take care of, but…
It doesn’t say “Sailor”.
My job is to talk to people about the Navy and raise awareness about the Navy in a non Navy area. If people don’t know I am a Sailor then I am not doing my job.
Walking through the mall today some people thought I was a Marine while others had no idea. On the other hand, even when we wear our Dress Blues some people have no idea what branch we are. The dress uniform is the most identifiable uniform out of all branches.
So we will see how this plays out. Maybe it will generate more conversation; maybe it will attract more attention. One thing I do know is that I look damn sexy in it.
Oh yeah, my oldest son Seth is the one who snapped this photo. I think I may be a pretty good teacher.