“It’s Going To Be A Dirty, Dirty Job!”
After taking the ASVAB, Michael was left with a few choices. Among his options was Boatswain’s Mate. Having read the job description he was more than interested. He was drawn to it. The same could not be said for his father. Michael’s father was not initially happy with his son’s decision to be a Boatswain’s Mate.
“It’s going to be a dirty, dirty job, Michael. You’re going to hate it!” Michael Sr. told his son, unaware that several months later he would have to apologize to Michael and admit that his pre-judgement was incorrect.
Undeterred by his father’s initial reaction, Michael stuck to his guns and became a Boatswain’s Mate. A few months after joining , a conversation with his family revealed that both of his grandfathers and his great-grandfather served as Boatswain’s Mates — the role was in his blood.
With legacy on one shoulder and ambition on the other, Michael showed up to his first ship assignment with purpose–this was what he was supposed to do. Michael met with his new shipmates, a group of people that would become his second family while miles away from home. The other Boatswain’s Mates were skeptical of Michael at first due to his young age. They were unsure of his maturity and his ability. But rather than shy away from the judgements of his peers, Michael took up the challenge of gaining their trust. He tackled tasks with an ease and a positivity that made it clear to his fellow Sailors he was meant to be a Boatswain’s Mate. Soon, they welcomed him with open arms.
Even more fulfilling to Michael was his father’s realization that the rate of Boatswain’s Mate was not what he had initially thought. Seeing his son stand tall alongside other Boatswain’s Mates was one of the most proud moments of his life. Michael Sr. now looks back on his initial reaction and chuckles. He’s quickly realized it was the best decision his son ever made.