View Full Version : Naval Officer Insignias.

Matt Helm
12-28-2005, 09:34 PM
A young Ensign approaches the crusty old CMC and asked about the origin of the commissioned officer insignias.

The CMC replied, "It's history and tradition ... First we give you a gold bar representing that you are very valuable and also malleable. The silver bar also represents significant value, but is less malleable. When you make Lieutenant, your value doubles, hence the two silver bars. As a Captain you soar over military masses, hence the eagle. As an Admiral, you are, obviously, a star. Does that answer your question?"

"Yes," said the Second Lieutenant, "but what about Lieutenant Commanders and Commanders?"

"That goes waaaay back in history ... to the Garden of Eden even. You see we've always covered our pricks with leaves."

12-28-2005, 09:37 PM

Matt Helm
12-28-2005, 09:40 PM

Aw, Saul! It wasn't that bad!