Tradition!

There's a guy who knows tradition

There’s a guy who knows tradition

It was brought to my attention tonight that the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 has ended a great and glorious naval tradition. Or maybe not so glorious; anyway, one worth noting:

By law, Sailors can no longer be confined for three days on bread and water.

Shucks.

Now that both flogging and bread and water have been dispensed with, I think we’ve safely left the Middle Ages. Commanding officers still have it in their authority to reduce enlisted members in rank or withdraw pay – which is a lot scarier to most people.

No big news here, but an interesting historical note.

Happy Wednesday.

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