“Why do Navymen volunteer for Submarine Duty?” one story from 1967



1967 – Five years before I raised my right hand for the very first time

This article was written for the Navy Magazine ALL HANDS. As I look back at the history of the submarine force and what was happening during 1967, it is easy to understand why the Navy would want to put such a positive spin on submarine duty.

There had been an incredible push to build not only the ballistic missile submarines in order to counter the Soviet “threat” but many fast attack submarines were entering the fleet as well. Along with this expansion, conventional diesel boats were still the workhorses of the seas in trying to counter a growing Soviet fleet.

I can only imagine that finding enough men willing to volunteer had to be a challenge. The war in Vietnam was beginning to make all service life difficult as more and more men were drafted…

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