Quarterdeck watches seem both easier and more difficult than what I am used to. Easy enough to adjust, though. Imagine, though! When I asked about the qualification process, someone assumed it was my first ship! I turned enough for all three stars on the sea service deployment ribbon to show[meaning that I had done at least four deployments] and the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist* pin, and said that this was my third ship.
Which is still pretty pathetic, given that I'm nearing the 18 year mark. In my defense, I will just state that I went to sea every chance I got without going back-to-back. By the time my stint on this ship is done, I'll be closer to half instead of one third of my career on sea duty. Heck, when I came in, ships for women were few and far between, and it wasn't until after 1991 that women made it to combatants.
So back to me and the qualifications...I spent a few hours on the quarterdeck last night asking a few questions from the qual sheet, mostly of the format "How does Boxer handle -----?"
My rack [bunk] is actually rather comfortable. But I'm crawling into my bed, now.
*The Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification is required now for most of the upper paygrades. It takes you all over the ship and you end up with a general idea of what every part does and how it all fits together. It's actually rather fun.