We can’t have both chastity and mixed-sex complements. So what’s the priority—a combat-ready Fleet or gender diversity?
It would not serve any purpose to describe the perfectly acceptable behaviors that characterized a sailor’s life in foreign ports as late as the early 1990s. Suffice it to say the standard was often profligate, and not only was this common, but often encouraged. This is not to say that there were not many who behaved with sobriety, virtue, and decorum, but that was very much a personal decision, and it was not called “The Wild Western Pacific” without reason.