Hardest Working Sailor Determined By Shiniest Boots, Immaculate Uniform Drew Ferrol November 17, 2012 Navy 15 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: NORFOLK, VA – Yeoman Third Class Roger Dawes was named USS Gonzalez’s Junior Sailor of the Year for maintaining an immaculate boot shine, military creases in his coveralls, and having the “most pointless basic military requirements knowledge”, according to a press release from his chain of command. “I definitely feel like I earned this,” YN3 Dawes said after the award ceremony. “The other sailors are great, don’t get me wrong, but my boots are just that shiny. You can see yourself in these bad boys.” “I really think he deserves it,” Boatswain’s Mate Second Class John Wake said, hanging off the bow and sanding the anchor. “He puts a lot of time into ironing his working uniforms so he can look good doing paperwork.” A wind picked up and slammed BM2 Wake against the anchor. “Ow,” he said, shaking off a concussion. “Yeah, Dawes works the hardest.” “There were four candidates this year, and we put it up to a vote in the Chief’s mess,” Command Master Chief Derek Smalls said. “A lot of chiefs were going to vote for BM2 Wake, but I mentioned that I saw him walking around the passageways with his coverall sleeves rolled up. Then I pointed out that Dawes was the only one who knew the Alliance was the last frigate in service before the Navy disbanded in 1785. That sealed the deal, Dawes got a unanimous vote.” “I wish I could work as hard as Dawes does,” Engineman Third Class Jane Summers said as she worked in the engine room. “Oh shit,” she said as a pipe broke, spraying her with oil. “I mean, his uniforms are always perfect. He even has creases in his coveralls, that’s dedication.” “I went up for Bluejacket of the Quarter back when I was a seaman,” BM2 Wake said. “They asked me what the most difficult part of my job was. I said stand lookout when it’s forty degrees with twenty two knot winds. The guy who won was in supply and he said ‘keep the vending machines stocked.’ That’s rough, I’m glad I don’t have to do that.” Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/IbLUN Daniel Ivory says: May 30, 2014 at 2:43 PM What kind of Bullshit is this? I had this division officer once that judged performance on boot shine and uniform appearance. Kind of hard to do when welding or fixing VCHT( that’s shit and piss water people!) Hardest working sailor, shiny boots and pressed uniform? Raising the standard Navy bullshit flag with penalty guide on. Next time you see one of those brown nosing, ass kissers. Tell them to put on some dull boots and flame retardant coveralls. Because my main 2 bildge needs some paint, engines need starter oil changed, oh, and the EOOW called down for a water wash on the # 3 GTG and 2A main engine. Get your ass kissing self down to the hole. You have work to do. Rob White says: February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM wow sooooo true haha. Aaron H Reynolds says: February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM Those shiny boots wouldn’t last a minute, if he were an air dale. Mike Bottini says: February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM So THAT’s how IPAC gets all those meritorious promotions and NAMs… John Miller says: February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM If this were real, I’m not surprised that a YN won Junior Sailor of the year, LOL… The only thing that I would have asked on his board was “Where the f**k is your warfare pin?” Josh Noble says: February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM They always win because they have the time to kneel down in front of the CMC. Sandy Wright says: February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM What’s with the Navy and cammo, anyway? Except for SEALS, aren’t they out to sea? Scott Schultz says: February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM LOL! Put this kid on 6 & 6 in the pit, lets just see how much time he wants to spend shining his boots, creasing his coverals and reading military history! HOLE SNIPES ARE THE BACKBONE OF THE NAVY! Steve Mills says: February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM I remember going up for PO3 in about 1998 or so, and in the general military knowledge section there were questions about tearing down an 1911A1. We haven’t had 1911’s since the damn ’80’s. General military knowledge sections are stupid. Richard Ray says: February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM I notice the Boatswain’s Mate would have won but… Paul Wilson says: February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM If you have time to shine your boots all the time, and they never get scuffed up, then you are not working very hard. David Andersen says: February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM Glad I was in the old Navy (prior to the 1990s). I’m in the National Guard now and it will never compare to my Navy time. At least the Navy treated me like I knew something. And, you guys realize that these stories are not real, right? Chase Roush says: February 26, 2014 at 12:56 AM Because if you can’t shave in those boots, you are worse than Hitler and a complete dirtbag. leftoftheboom says: November 17, 2012 at 8:48 AM I had guys like this in the army. Starched BDU’s, Spit shined boots, stupid facts, 1SG would have an inspection and the best got off early on friday. I told mine that they better have a uniform they could change into that was for getting dirty, because 20 minutes after formation, the winners in my platoon were belly in the dirt cleaning the belly plugs and drip pans from under the tracks.