A 'sput' would have to make their own drawings of all the systems on board. He had in hand a qualification book. This book had to be signed by a qualified submariner as he went through his qualification program. He had to stay on the ball and work diligently to get this book signed. This book covered several months of training.
Report to the Sea Daddy
Care of Your Sea Puppy
Patience Makes Perfect
Boy was he a challenge! It took me an extra month of great patience.
It was so nice to see him when he suddenly grasped a particular system, his eyes just lit up and he always had a big grin on his face. When I took him for his final walk-through I was a little leery, but it went fine, I felt good to send him on to the officer for his big final walk-through. He qualified and was always grateful to me. When he was serving meals from the galley and found out that the messman had my plate, there was always a little extra meat, or gravy. What a guy he was, and he was the first army cook to wear the dolphins!