NORFOLK — A sailor onboard USS George H.W. Bush has re-enlisted in the Navy so he can continue his college education through Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE) classes to earn his bachelor’s degree, sources confirmed.
So far, Boatswain’s Mate Third Class Joseph Watt has taken three classes — Spelling, Geography, and Third Grade Math — but he thinks he's ready to take the most challenging course available, Reading Books Without Pictures. He expects to earn his Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in two years.
“I thought about getting out, taking the GI Bill, and going to college,” Watt said, “But then my Chief told me I could go to college while I was in the Navy. He’s right, a classroom on a warship is the same quality of education and just as much fun as going to a university.”
After recieving assuraces he would be provided opportunity to go to every class, Watt was forced to miss several. He missed four classes by being forced to do work that “was more important,” missed three while standing watch, and missed another while standing another sailor’s watch so they could go to class. These unexcused absences have dropped him down two letter grades.
“He made the right choice,” said Boatswain’s Mate Chief Alden Blane said. “Anyone who gets out to go to college must not know you can go to college while you’re in the Navy. For example, I’ve been in sixteen years and I’m working on my Associate’s.”
“There’s no reason to get out,” Blane continued, “The military’s just what you make it. You have to think of the good things. Not every ship is this bad, and not every boss you have is going to be such a jerk.”
At press time, Blane was seen hurling verbal abuse and gay epithets at everyone in his department.