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Nobody Asked Me But… Send No Ugly Americans

By Sonar Technician Second Class Kent G. Hilstrom, U.S. Navy

Unfortunately, actions like these will not solve all our problems. Some shipmates are determined not to enjoy deployments no matter what the amount of preparation—and such people will receive no benefit from training. For the majority, however, a few well-placed ideas will encourage independent study, and blossom into a genuine interest in foreign places. With more people showing interest in other cultures, word will spread quickly that a six-month deployment overseas can be fun—not a six-month jail sentence. Some basic "Overseasmanship" training will go a long way to repairing previous damage and foster a healthier relationship with our friends overseas. This can only be of benefit to all Americans abroad, along with the U.S. Navy.

Petty Officer Hilstrom served in the USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN-686) and is stationed Military Entrance and Processing Station, Memphis, Tennessee. 


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