Also, I’m very curious about your own experiences in today’s military. You’re obviously bright and accomplished. Can you be yourself in the Navy? Can you be proud of who you are without the compromises that caused my friend to jump ship?
No offense taken.
I’m currently on shore duty in Connecticut so my life is pretty smooth right now. As for compromise, not so much here. Being on a ship is a different story. Depends on your chain of command. As you know, they set the pace. For the most part, there is much more display of open blackness. I don’t think twice about it or anything. Things like being black or gay in today’s navy feels absolutely normal. There is so much diversity now that the military has been forced to modernize if they want to keep a fighting force without drafts.
Also, if you don’t mind helping me out, do you mind sharing this article on Facebook or Twitter? These personal essays are fun to write but they are hit or miss on curation. I would really appreciate it as it would keep me from compromising on my writing style. I like vulnerable writing and I rather not change.