See subject: supposedly a sailor’s motto. I heard/read it a long time ago, and it stuck with me.
Never heard that one as a career Navy guy. The only one I remember is “If it moves, salute it; if it doesn’t, paint it.”
Version I heard from god-knows-where, supposed source US Navy:
“If it moves, salute it. If it doesn’t move, pick it up. If you can’t pick it up, paint it.”
Tell me where you got this one.
I’ve heard this version before.
Since having women on board is a relatively modern custom that explains their reputation with the rest of the military. That and the bellbottoms.
When Bob Hope came to our base his joke on this was:
If it moves, salute it. If it doesn’t move, paint it. If you can pick it up, pawn it.
From the same place as Treacherous, directly above your post.
It sort of reminds me of the unofficial, unauthorized, and usually obscene additions to the 11 General Orders for a Sentry all USCG, USMC, and USN recruits are supposed to memorize.
“Sir, my 12th General Order is to walk my beat, beat my meat, and fuck everything within 15 feet. Sir, you’re standing much too close, Sir!”
I can’t remember how I heard it, but it was something like ‘If I can’t eat it, drink it, or sleep with it, I don’t need it.’