The Saga of the
Why They Wear Dolphins
WHAT DOES a submariner like most about life aboard a submarines By far the most
popular answer to that question is “esprit de corps.”
More specifically, the submariners cited “competent personnel,” “a family atmosphere,”
“teamwork,” “working with highly educated people,” “good-natured crews,” “friendly
association with other crewmembers,” and “informality.”
In addition to the informality, the submariners preferred the less rigid adherence
to regulations, greater challenges, and more responsibility.
Still others regarded highly such benefits as better food, all-night movies, training
programs, and submarine operating schedules.
On the opposite side of the scale, the submariners referred to overcrowded living
and working conditions and lack of stowage space as what they liked least about
their undersea life. Nearly 50% indicated they would be more comfortable if there
were enough bunks to go around, more privacy, and greater storage space.
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