Friday, July 3, 2015

Humor in Uniform - NAVY STEREOTYPES - “SEA DOGS” and “SEA DOLLS”

HUMOR IN UNIFORM

SEA DOGS and SEA DOLLS
TWO TYPES OF NAVAL OFFICERS
A Spoof
By
VIKRAM KARVE

Disclaimer:

Please read this spoof only if you have a sense of humor. 

This article is a spoof, pure fiction, just for fun and humor, no offence is meant to anyone, so take it with a pinch of salt and have a laugh.

The terms “dog” and “doll” are used in a metaphorical sense.

For the meanings of the terms “dog” and “doll” I refer to The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English

In this Slang Dictionary – one meaning of the word “doll” is “a very attractive person of any sex that you may find attractive” – and  of course  you know that the term “sea dog” means an experienced sailor.

Dear Reader – this article is a spoof – and this spoof is a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the story are a figment of my imagination. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

SEA DOGS and SEA DOLLS – A Spoof by Vikram Karve

When I joined the Navy  in the 1970’s  I observed that there were two types of Naval Officers:

1. Sea Dogs

2. Sea Dolls

Now  before you jump the gun and accuse me of “gender insensitivity”  please note that the term “Sea Doll” is not being used for women naval officers – there were no women naval officers when I joined the navy  except a few “landlubber quack chicks” in the medical branch.

Even today  women naval officers adorn only “soft” shore billets  and a woman naval officer does not have to undergo the tough strenuous ship life of male naval officer on warships at sea  so maybe I will have to conjure up some other epithet (without the prefix “sea”) for these feminine landlubber ladies in white uniform.

I have digressed – so let me come back to the topic of “Sea Dogs and Sea Dolls”.

As a young naval officer  I realized that there are two navies within the navy:

1. The Operational Navy – comprising all aspects pertaining to warfighting at sea – warships, submarines, aircraft, the dockyards and various frontline units supporting the fleet...

2. The Ceremonial Navy – comprising all the “showmanship” activities like parades, fleet reviews, Public Relations (PR) Exercises, “shop windows”, events like navy week and navy ball, public shows, parties, social events et al…

Sea Dogs ran the “gristly, gritty and grimy” operational navy.

Sea Dolls ran the “spick and span” ceremonial navy.

Sea Dogs were rugged masculine looking men.

In contrast  Sea Dolls adorned the “fair and handsome” genteel “metrosexual” look.

Most Sea Dogs sported rough and tough “Full Set” Beards.

Sea Dolls preferred to have an elegant and pretty “clean-shaven” look.

There were some exceptions.

I have seen some clean-shaven non-bearded “Sea Dogs”.

But  I have never seen a bearded “Sea Doll”.

Whether bearded or not  Sea Dogs preferred the tough natural look – a seaman’s robust grooming and rugged brawny turn out.

Sea Dolls were obsessed with maintaining a suave polished appearance and chic glamorous attractive turn out.

Sea Dogs were “tough cookies”.

Most Sea Dogs had an abrasive personality – like rough and tough sailors.

In stark contrast  “Sea Dolls were “smooth operators”.

All Sea Dolls had a pleasing personality – like slick charming corporate executives.

In earlier days  it was the “Sea Dogs” who dominated the senior ranks in the Navy – but gradually the tide seems to have turned in favour of the “Sea Dolls”.

I wonder whether the same applies to the Army and Air Force – and what are the Army and Air Force equivalents of Sea Dogs and Sea Dolls.

By the way  have you read the classic military novel Catch-22 ?

Yes?

Then, let me give you a metaphorical example.

If “Catch 22” was a Navy Novel – a “Sea Dog” would be someone like the character of General Dreedle (an archetypal no-nonsense blunt plain-speaking military man) – and a “Sea Doll” would be someone like General Peckem (a pompous pretentious sycophantic show-off)

If you have read Catch-22  you will understand what I mean.

I can go on and on about “Sea Dogs” and “Sea Dolls” till the cows come home – but by now  I am sure you have got the drift.

So  the next time you meet a Naval Officer – have some fun and amuse yourself – have a good look at the Navy Officer – and try to judge for yourself – whether he is a “Sea Dog”  or is he a “Sea Doll”.

VIKRAM KARVE
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1. This blog post is a spoof, pure fiction, just for fun and humor, no offence is meant to anyone, so take it with a pinch of salt and have a laugh. 
2. This article is a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the story are a figment of my imagination. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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