I was an MM1(SS) onboard the USS Permit, fast attack submarine. I got
out in '90. No retirement, just moved on to a different phase in my
life and couldn't deal with the 40+ hour work DAYS anymore (yeah, not
an exaggeration for those non military) or the 100+ hour work weeks.
I was a nuclear machinist mate and we sometimes went startlingly long
(on the order of a couple of days) periods with nothing more than a 30
min catnap here and there. No, I'm not exaggerating. Yes, I wish I
The only people who spent more time on the boat than us snipes was our
chief... As an MM1, the next step was obviously MMC and, well, I just
honestly wasn't up for his job so I bid my farewells. I think he
lived on the boat, Lord knows how he managed to spend any time with
his family. I absolutely did not want (nor could I probably have
DONE) his job.
Much respect to those people who did manage to stick it out. I've got
plenty of friends who retired and I wish I could've stuck around, but
also those friends didn't put in half the hours we snipes did. I
could've done their stuff walking on my hands. Of course now, 18
years later I'm putting in 7 day, 70 hour work weeks at a technology
startup, so I'm still working crazy hard. At least I'm getting paid
significantly better for it this time heh.
I keep asking my wife "can I retire yet?" and she keeps saying "in 5
-- Gary F.
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