I’ve always wondered if the general population thinks the military cares about its people more than their assets. But, if those people do exist, then they are in for a rough awakening. While the military as a whole does value their people, it’s definitely not as much as they care about its assets… for example an eight billion dollar aircraft carrier. The Navy definitely cares more about the carrier than it does about the people inside and the scary part is that can actually be mathematically proven. Every single sailor onboard the ship (except the newbies or booters if you must) recognizes how expendable they truly are compared to a carrier. Normally, this idea alone would be scary enough to most people, but living it is actually nightmarish as sailors are trained to combat fires, flooding, and even toxic gases at any costs. Saving the ship is the ultimate goal of all crewmembers in any combat situation casualties be damned.
Practicing for combat situations is part of the daily routine of many sailors’ lives. Every single member of a ship is to be at least qualified in basic damage controls in order to prevent further destruction in a combat situation. Events like floods, toxic gas spills, fires, and others are simulated through possible scenarios which can happen while at sea. But, while this is meant as a safety precaution, it is also drilled into the heads of sailors that they have to be fearless while protecting their home (the vessel). There isn’t anything more important than combating the scenarios and they can forget about their friends if they seem them lying on the ground because the priority is whatever it was that put them there in the first place.
Now, this isn’t to say they’re trained to be completely heartless. Sailors know to call in for an emergency evacuation if they find a member hurt, but still conscious of their chances of survival are exponentially higher. However, if the member finds their best friend lying on the ground they’re not important as they must save the ship first and foremost. Friendship isn’t the mission, lives are not the mission, and this can be shocking to first-time sailors as it can be hard to place their own feelings aside for such endeavors. Truth be told, the human side of in all of us would make such a situation, conflicting in the least, but for sailors this is life. As regardless of how many people there are on a ship, the costs of every single one of their lives are only a fraction of what it cost to build one.
Now, for those readers who are mathematically inclined, here is the breakdown:
The Service members Group Life Insurance or SGLI offers to pay 400,000 dollars to any member who passes away during active duty (but, there are stipulations such as the sailor donning the proper protective equipment during the death). A carrier as stated earlier costs eight billion dollars.
If we do the math and assume that a carrier has at the most 5,000 personnel onboard it would equate to 5,000 X 400,000 = 2,000,000,000
But, if the ship sank there would go 8 Billion dollars… which one is The Navy going to prioritize is rather obvious. People are replaceable seems to be the idea behind those pulling the strings. But, for me personally, a life can never be replaced with another.
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