Posted on Nov 2, 2014
SCPO Albert Lee Smith
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I have heard many conversations surrounding the use of the word "Shipmate" over the years. I'm interested in why you all think these terms are now viewed as negative.

I believe us, as leaders, have allowed the traditional positive "nick names" to be overused during counseling sessions, or as attention grabbers to correct for deficiency. I also believe we should stop this, and get back to what the word "Shipmate" actually means.

What say you?
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You know Al, when I heard shipmate from behind me I always knew it was bad. I have had more positive "shipmates" than negative. The perception comes from a large group who have preferred to use it in that manner. I do agree that wears collective leaders have the opportunity to shape the fleets association of this word as a "bad" one.
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SCPO Albert Lee Smith
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I appreciate you, Brother! I have found myself using this word in the civilian sector now, with Sailors that work with me. It is NEVER received with a negative vibe. It seems to be one of the few thing we have in common in this weird civilian workforce :-)
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PO2 Aviation Electronics Technician (At)
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I hate the word shipmate lol it always sounds degrading
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SCPO Albert Lee Smith
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I think it has more to do with the tone it's used in. I agree, it can be used in a degrading manner. I do not truly believe it was the original intent, my friend.
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SCPO Albert Lee Smith - I agree! It's like the word buddy or pal I think
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SCPO Albert Lee Smith, not being a Navy guy, I wonder what the negative meaning of "shipmate" is. I understand it to mean colleague, battle buddy, etc. I'm completely unfamiliar with the negative meaning.
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SCPO Albert Lee Smith
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On a completely side note, how does one "tag" (highlighted and selectable) a person's name in a response on these threads? You seemed to have mastered it :-)
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SCPO Albert Lee Smith, just put the @ symbol in front of the person's rank/name and a list of options pops up. For me, you would type @CW5 Scott Montgomery. And you should see my name in the list.
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Thanks for clarifying the negative connotation. I get it. The same might be said for "Soldier." I've heard "Soldier" used like that.
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SCPO Albert Lee Smith
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CW5 (Join to see) Awesome! Thanks for the lesson!
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