(See D. Cunningham, p. 10, August 2014 Proceedings)
Captain Raymond J. Brown, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)—Commander Cunningham perhaps suffers a bit from chronological snobbery. The current generation of junior people in the service certainly bring their own baggage. Every generation does.
Though I am no longer fresh from the fight, I too well recall having been commissioned shortly after the Vietnam war stood down, and serving in a Hamilton-class cutter homeported in New York City. Drugs were rife. Racial animosity was intense. Pay was still lousy. Discipline seemed to be an afterthought among the flower-child generation. It all gave me serious pause about my chosen career. That was the military back then, which has never been fully examined.