A 17-year-old visited a U.S. Navy recruiter in 1970.
The recruiter, a Chief Petty Officer, asked the young man if he could swim.
“Why, aren’t there enough ships?”
The recruiter then asked the young man if he would be interested in submarine duty.
“Hell, no. I ain’t getting on any ship that sinks on purpose.”
The exasperated recruiter then asked the young man why he wanted to join the Navy.
“Well, my father thought my joining the Navy would be a good idea.”
“What does your father do for a living?” the recruiter asked.
“He’s in the Army.”