Sunday, December 4, 2016

Moral Ascendancy – The Most Important Military OLQ (Officer Like Quality)

Moral Ascendancy – The Most Important Military OLQ (Officer Like Quality)

Navy Day Musings by Vikram Karve 

Are Senior Officers Losing Moral High Ground...?

Recently I heard a few young officers expressing their frank and honest opinions about senior officers.

Their comments were far from flattering – it seemed that senior officers had lost respect in the eyes of their junior officers.

These candid remarks reminded me of a small article I had posted a few years ago on the importance of officers having “Moral Ascendancy.

So – I am posting the article on moral ascendancy” once more for you to read...

Military Officer Like Qualities (OLQ) = MORAL ASCENDANCY
Ramblings of a Retired Navy Veteran
By
VIKRAM KARVE

As a young officer in the Navy  I used to ask myself:

“If I remove my badges of rank  then why should a sailor willingly obey me...?”

The answer I gave to myself was: 

“A sailor will obey me if he respects me.

And – to respect me  the sailor should feel that I am “better” than the sailor.

Yes  an officer will be respected by his men only if his men believe that the officer is “better” than them.

Those days  I could not exactly define what the term “better” meant.

Now  I realize that  the term “better” means “moral ascendancy”

“Moral Ascendancy” means “Moral High Ground” or “Moral Authority”.   

(The opposite of “Moral Ascendancy” is “Moral Degradation”)

Being Ethical and Righteous in your conduct gives you “Moral Ascendancy”  whereas being unethical, immoral and corrupt causes “Moral Degradation”  which will earn you the disrespect of your juniors and peers.

“Moral Ascendancy” will win you the respect and confidence of your subordinates and peers.

Your juniors will “Respect you if you have moral “Moral Ascendancy” over them.

And – Your juniors will willingly “Obey you if they “Respect” you.

So  as an officer – you must have “moral ascendancy” over your subordinates in order to gain their “respect”.

Thus  “moral ascendancy” in officers  especially senior officers  is an essential prerequisite for discipline in the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Moral Ascendancy is the most important Officer Like Quality (OLQ) for a Defence Officer.

You have to attain moral ascendancy before you demand respect.

Genuine respect does not come from Legal Authority.

Genuine respect comes from “Moral Ascendancy”

A bad officer will have to use his legal authority (power of rank) to enforce obedience.

A good officer never has to use the power of his rank to command his men.

His men will willingly obey him because of his “moral ascendancy”

Moral Authority is far superior to Legal Authority. 

And – Moral Authority comes from “Moral Ascendancy”.

That is why the most important aspect of selection and training of officers is to ensure that they have “moral ascendancy” over the men they are going to command.

If you talk to young military officers – you will realize that senior officers have lost “moral ascendancy”. 

The effect of this is visible in the increasing indiscipline in the defence services – and this loss of “moral ascendancy”  and consequent loss of respect for senior officers can have serious ramifications in war  as it happened in the 1962 India-China War.

Senior officers need to introspect as to why they have lost “moral ascendancy” over their juniors – as a consequence of which  senior officers seem to have lost the respect which their high rank ought to command.

VIKRAM KARVE
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Navy Day – A Sailor’s Perspective

Humor in Uniform

NAVY DAY and NAVY WEEK
(Navy Perspective versus Sailors Perspective)
Ramblings of a Retired Navy Veteran
A Fictional Spoof
By
VIKRAM KARVE


NAVY DAY and NAVY WEEK – The Navy Perspective

Every year  the 4th of December  is observed as NAVY DAY by the Indian Navy.

In the Indian Navy  the Navy Day celebrations actually extend across the entire week in which the Navy Day falls  and this week is called the NAVY WEEK.

The Navy Week celebrations are held mainly at Mumbai  and on a smaller scale in other Naval Stations like Visakhapatnam, Kochi, Goa etc  and in landlocked New Delhi too.

In Mumbai  the Navy Week Celebrations culminate with Beating the Retreat Ceremony at Gateway of India  and the grand finale is the spectacular Navy Ball at the end of the week on Saturday.  

During the Navy Week the Navy tries to showcase its capabilities to the civilian public by holding a series of combat demonstrations, live displays, parade drills and events like band concerts. 

Sometimes  Naval Families, Navy Veterans and prominent citizens are taken out for a day at sea to observe “shop window” exercises which demonstrate salient aspects of the navy at sea.

In a nutshell  as far as the Navy is concerned  the Aim of Navy Day and Navy Week is to showcase the Navy to Civilian Citizens (and VIPs/VVIPs)


NAVY DAY and NAVY WEEK – A Sailors Perspective

This happened many years ago  in the 1970s.

A few weeks before Navy Week  responsibilities were allocated to various ships  and our ship was required to present the “continuity drill” display to be held at the Gateway of India 

The sailors on our ship started their drill practice one month earlier – and they practised very hard at least twice a day – even when the ship was at sea.

As Navy Day approached – the sailors rehearsed day and night for the “continuity drill” display to be held at the Gateway of India during Navy Week.

continuity drill is a most precise and difficult parade drill since the entire parade drill sequence and movements are to be performed without any words of command.

That is why it requires rigorous practice and repeated rehearsals before it can be perfected.

The sailors were practising without break for over a month  during working hours  and also in off-working hours  including on Sundays and holidays  in order to perfect the continuity drill.

The sailors long hours of painstaking efforts paid off.

The continuity drill” event was a great success.

The Navy Top Brass congratulated our Captain on the excellent performance of our ships sailors.

After the event  I came across one of my newly recruited sailors who had taken part in the continuity drill.

I congratulated the young sailor on his performance and I asked him:

“Do you know why Navy Day and Navy Week are celebrated...?”

“To impress the Civilians...” the sailor said.

“What...?” I asked surprised.

The sailor looked at me and said: “Sir – this whole Navy Week Tamasha is just to impress Civilians – and they make us sailors slog so much for it – we have been practising this continuity drill day and night – even our shore leave had been stopped because of Navy Week Continuity Drill practice – I am so happy the whole Navy Day and Navy Week Tamasha is over...

At first  I was surprised  and taken aback by the sailors answer.

Then  I saw that there was wisdom in what the raw young sailor had said.

The entire Navy  all of us  were slogging away for weeks  to put up a show for civilians.

Yes  we uniformed Navy Officers and Sailors were desperately trying to impress civilians – the same civilians who frankly did not give a tinkers damn about us  although they seemed to be enjoying the spectacle we were putting up for them.

I remember a friend of mine  who was in-charge of organizing Navy Week Activities  heave a sigh of relief once it was all over.

The Naval Officer remarked in disgust: 

“This Navy Week Tamasha must be scrapped. We screw ourselves for many weeks to put up a show for these bloody civilians who just don’t care for us... 

Sometimes  I wonder whether it is worth in putting in so much extra effort to try and impress Civilians who don’t care two hoots about the Navy and Naval Sailors.

I wonder whether Civilians understand the sanctity of Navy Day and similar Military Occasions, Parades, Combat Demonstrations, Ceremonial Events and Displays...?

Or  whether they treat them as spectacular extravaganzas and gala spectacles for entertainment and enjoyment...?

Be that as it may  do spare a thought for our Navy Personnel on Navy Day  and during the Navy Week.

Today – on the occasion of NAVY DAY  do think of all the Navy Sailors slogging it out on Ships and Submarines guarding the Oceans, Seas and Coastlines  so that you can sleep in peace. 

Rather than trying to impress Civilians – how about trying to impress our Sailors on Navy Day...?

WISH YOU HAPPY NAVY DAY

VIKRAM KARVE
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This is a revised version of my story posted online earlier by me Vikram Karve on November 28, 2014 in my Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve Blog at url: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2014/11/navy-day-and-navy-week-sailors.html  and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2015/12/navy-day-musings.html

Military Uniforms must be Simple Comfortable and Utilitarian

What are few changes you want to see in Indian defence forces uniform? by Vikram Karve https://www.quora.com/What-are-few-changes-you-want-to-see-in-Indian-defence-forces-uniform/answer/Vikram-Karve?srid=5Hkq&share=2ac35b55

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Humor in Uniform – “Nubile Nymph” and “Roving Eye” – A Tall Story

Humor in Uniform 

STORY OF A ROVING EYE and a NUBILE NYMPH” 

Dear Reader – before you start reading this story – please make sure that your sense of humor is still intact – this yarn is a fictional spoof  a tall story  satire  pure fiction  just for fun and amusement  no offence is meant to anyone  so you must take it with a pinch of salt and have a laugh. 

And, yes – this story is for mature adults only  so if you are a kid  or an overly gender sensitive type  please skip this story.

WINE WOMEN and OLQ (Officer Like Qualities)

A Fictional Spoof
Adult Fiction – A Tall Story
By
VIKRAM KARVE 


PROLOGUE

There is a saying in the Navy: 

If you want to know the true character of an officer – ask his coursemates


Seniors will have one view of an officer – juniors will have another view – but it is his peers who will know the officer inside-out – especially his course-mates who have seen the officer from close quarters from academy days.

So – if you want to know about me – what type of Naval Officer I was – please ask my Navy coursemates – or ask my shipmates  who are of roughly of my seniority  who were my peers in uniform.

However  in the Navy  as far your career prospects are concerned – your character does not matter much.

It is your image (spoken reputation) which matters most.

This is because – unfortunately – in the Navy – your course-mates do not write your all-important ACR (Annual Confidential Report) which is the be-all and end-all Performance Appraisal Report in the Defence Services.

Your ACR is written by your seniors – known as superior officers” in the Navy.

And – as far as your superior officers” are concerned – they will mark your ACR depending on how they perceive you – yes you will be judged by your image rather than your performance

So – in a nutshell:

Image replaces Performance.

This dictum is very true in the Navy.

The key to career success is Image Management.

Unfortunately for me – for no fault of mine – owing to series of happenings beyond my control – in the Navy – especially as far as my senior officers were concerned – I developed a rather notorious“ image.

And once you are branded with an notorious image – fate conspires in such a way – that it is a downhill spiral all the way.

Even good deeds boomerang – as this story illustrates.

Dear Reader – before you start reading this story – please make sure that your sense of humor is still intact – this yarn is a spoof  pure fiction  just for fun and amusement  no offence is meant to anyone  so you must take it with a pinch of salt and have a laugh. And, yes – this story is for mature adults only  so if you are a kid  or an overly gender sensitive type  please skip this story.

I am sure you have heard of the three vices: “Wine Women and Horses”

Now  here is a story about “Wine Women and Officers”.

Instead of “horses” we have “officers” – yes  officers in lieu of horses  as they say in the Navy.

The “wine” in the story is not really wine – it is something much stronger – liquor – booze – an alcoholic spirit called RUM.

And – maybe  instead of “officers” – it is more a story about OLQ (Officer Like Qualities).

So – it may be more appropriate to call the story “Wine Women and OLQ”

This happened long back – more than 21 years ago – in the 1990– so you must take yourself back in time – relax – and enjoy this story in a leisurely manner


“DRAMATIS PERSONAE” (MAIN CHARACTERS)

There are a few women in the story  but there is only one “main character” – the “heroine” of the story – a beautiful “Nubile Nymph” – let us call her “N”.

The other women in the story are side characters  like “extras” in a movie.

And as far as the male protagonists are concerned – there are 4 Naval Officers in the story:

“C” – The Horny Commodore with a Roving Eye who has the hots for “N” (the “Nubile Nymph”)

“A” – The Ambitious Husband of “N” (the “Nubile Nymph”)

“S” – A Naval Officer  The maverick neighbour of “A” and “N”

To describe “S” in a nutshell – well  let’s say that “S” is more interested in “Wine” rather than “Women”

And  of course  the 4th protagonist is ME – yours truly.

Yes – I am the 4th protagonist in this story – the narrator of this story  who is going to tell you the story. 

So – there are 5 protagonists in this story:

1. “N” (“Nubile Nymph”)
2. “C” (Horny Commodore with a Roving Eye who has the hots for “N”)
3. “A” (Ambitious Husband of “N”)
4. “S” (Maverick neighbour of “A” and “N”)
5.  Me (Narrator of this Story)

Let’s start with “N” – the heroine.

As I told you – we had nicknamed her “Nubile Nymph”

But  in reality – she was neither “nubile” – nor was she a “nymph”.

In fact – she was very much married.

Also – before you start getting wrong ideas about the “nymph” part  let me tell you that in actual fact “N” was not a sex maniac – she was just a tease – she acted seductive and sexy  just to arouse the Horny Commodore.

Yes  “Nubile Nymph” “N” was a tease – from time to time she gave the Horny Commodore the “come hither look”  which got him all excited.

From the moment she had met him  Nubile Nymph “N” had observed that the Horny Commodore “C” had a “Roving Eye.

“N” had instantly noticed that “C” had the “hots” for her.

“N” knew that she was sexually attractive  and that most men were mesmerized by her.

If “N” had wanted  she could have had the Horny Commodore on a platter.

Yes – “C” was going crazy about “N”  desperately waiting for an opportunity to “steal her affections”. 

But  “N” was not interested in romancing with the Commodore.

“N” was not at all interested in having a full-fledged affair with “C”.

She was interested in furthering her own husband’s career.

“N” knew that in the Navy  a wife’s status depends on her husband’s rank

“N” knew her husband’s limitations.

Her husband “A” was quite a mediocre type as compared to his competitors.

But  “N” had overcome all that by enticing the Horny Commodore “C” by her tantalizing charms.

“N” was an accomplished tease – and she sure knew how to keep men drooling for her.

“N” teased the Horny Commodore “C”  she titivated for him, wearing sexy outfits   and gave him impish looks  and flirted with him  just to keep his hopes alive.

“N” had succeeded in doing this for the last one year – her efforts had ensured that her husband “A” had got the best possible performance appraisal  what they call in the Navy a thumping ACR  from “C”.

Now “N” knew that she had to continue to keep the fires burning in the Horny Commodore’s loins till the Horny Commodore “C” wrote her husband’s next ACR just before the promotion board.

“N” was clear about her strategy.

Once her husband was promoted  and they moved on  there would be a new boss who she would have to work on  to mesmerize and to bring under her spell.

Meanwhile  the Horny Commodore “C” was going crazy.

He had heard wild rumours about stealing affections, wife swapping, swinging and key-chain parties  but all those fantastic orgies lay in his imagination – since in his actual life  he had never seen anything like that happening.

But now things seemed to be looking up  and the way “N” was tempting him  his hopes had been kindled.

The Horny Commodore “C” desperately wanted to have a go at the Nubile Nymph “N”  but he did not have the guts to go ahead.

Of course, in his imagination “C” had wild fantasies about himself rollicking with “N”.

But  in actual life  “C” was unable to realize his fantasies with “N” because he was shit scared of his own lawfully wedded wife who was a shrew and a real tough cookie.

The Horny Commodore’s wife knew of her husband’s proclivity for beautiful young women  especially his officers’ wives  and that is why she kept an eagle eye on him – she let her husband’s eye rove a bit  but she kept her husband in firm check.

The Horny Commodore’s wife let him give Nubile Nymph the “glad eye”  she let her husband “C” flirt with “N”  but otherwise she kept him on a tight leash.

Metaphorically speaking  the Horny Commodore’s situation was akin to a drooling dog desperately yearning for a bitch in heat  but unable to go ahead and mount her  since he is held back firmly on leash by the master.

I told you about “C” (the Horny Commodore).

I told you about “N” (the Nubile Nymph).

Now let me tell you about “A” – the husband of Nubile Nymph “N”.

There are two types of ambitious officers in the Navy.

The first type take their Naval careers seriously from the moment they join the Navy.

The second type of Naval Officers comprise carefree bachelors  who suddenly turn ambitious the moment they get married.

“A” was of the second type.

His wife “N” was the driving force behind him  as far as his career was concerned.

“A” was quite happy with what “N” was doing.

“A” knew that it was thanks to his wife N’s efforts  that he “A” – had become the Commodore’s blue eyed boy.

The Careerist Officer “A” knew that his ambitious wife “N” would help him reach great heights of success.


THE STORY

Now that I have told you about the characters  let me begin to tell you the story.

It was a Monday evening  my non-drinking day  and I was walking along the banks of the lake  enjoying the resplendent spectacle of the orange sun being swallowed up by the calm blue waters.

My reverie was disturbed by “A” who suddenly came behind me  almost dashing me with his scooter.

He wanted some training handbook.

“Hey, I am on my evening walk. The book is in my house. I will give it to you tomorrow in office,” I said.

“I want it urgently to prepare for tomorrow – I have a lecture in the morning,” he said, “I had gone to your house, but your wife told me you would be here.”

Irritated, I went with “A” on his scooter to my house.

I asked “A” to wait outside, and went inside, to my study, to get the book he wanted.

I was disappointed to see him sitting in the drawing room – my darling wife had invited him in.

I gave “A” the book he wanted.

Meanwhile  my wife had got him a glass of water  and asked him whether he would like to have a cup of tea.

“A” looked at his watch  then he looked at me  and he said, “Tea? It’s already past sunset – let’s have a drink.”

“It is my non-drinking day,” I said rudely.

“So what? You can surely offer your guest a drink,” my wife said  giving me a rude look of disbelief at my atrocious social graces and bad manners.

I made him a rather stiff drink of Rum.

“How about you?” he asked.

So  just for appearances  I poured myself a very mild drink of rum and water.

Though I enjoyed my drinks  especially Rum-Paani – the fact was that I was not in the mood for drinking on that day  especially in the company of “A”.

I noticed that “A” was drinking quite fast – he had already finished his first drink  so I poured him one more.

“A” gulped down his second drink too – he drank very fast – down the hatch.

I poured him one more.

I was amazed at the speed at which “A” was drinking.

“A” was drinking as if it was his last day on earth.

Meanwhile  as was his habit  “A” was bumming my cigarettes too  lighting up cigarette after cigarette.

“I am enjoying myself...” said “A”  slurring, drinking and puffing away.

Looking quite drunk  “A” said to me: “My wife does not let me smoke, she does not let me drink, she keeps nagging me – now I am really enjoying myself…”

Suddenly  the cigarette dropped from his lips  and sweat broke out on his forehead.

I knew the signs – “A” was heavily drunk.

In fact  he was terribly drunk.

I wondered what to do.

But  before I could do anything – suddenly – “A” got up swiftly  he staggered out of the house  and he started his scooter  and he drove off.

I noticed that “A” was driving his scooter in a meandering fashion  like a sinusoidal wave.

“Go fast,” my wife said, “and see that “A” reaches home safely.”

I took my scooter  started it  and started driving towards his house.

There was no trace of “A” or his scooter.

Suddenly  I heard a voice calling out to me.

It was “S” – who was the next door neighbour of “A”.

“S” was walking on the road  on his way to the officers mess bar  for his daily evening drinking session  when he saw “A” driving his scooter into a ditch.

As far as drinking alcohol was concerned  “S” enjoyed a much better reputation than me.

If I was a “drinker”  then “S” was a “drunkard”.

But right now  “S” was dead sober.

I stopped my scooter.

We went down into the ditch  and we saw that “A” had passed out  he was dead drunk.

Luckily  “A” was not injured.

We  “S” and me – we both hauled up “A”  and we dragged him up the slope.

“His scooter is still down there,” I said.

“S” said: “Sir  let the scooter be there – I will send someone to retrieve it in the morning.”

“Shall we take him to the MI Room? It think it is best we call the doctor too,” I asked.

“S” looked at “A” – and then “S” said to me: “He is not hurt much – just a few bruises – let’s take him home – anyway the Doctor stays in our block – so  if required  I will call him.”

So  we mounted “A” on my scooter – me in front, “A” in between, and “S” behind holding tightly the limp and lifeless “A”.

It was a most difficult scooter drive – as the dead drunk “A” swung from side to side with “S” desperately clinging on.

Finally  we reached our destination.

It was not even 8 o’clock  and there was quite a big crowd outside the block.

A birthday party was just over  and lots of children  and their parents  officers and their wives – they were all standing there  chit chatting  before they went home.

We  “S” and M– we both lifted the dead drunk “A” on our shoulders  “S” taking the left arm of“A” – with the right arm of the inebriated “A” over my shoulders.

Dear Reader – please try to picture the scene.

Officers, wives, children, servants – all of them watching us carrying a totally intoxicated dead drunk “A” towards his house.

Suddenly  Nubile Nymph “N” came out on her first floor balcony.

Obviously  “N” was shocked to see her husband “A” in this pitiable drunken state  being carried by “S” and Me

It must have been embarrassing for “N” to see her drunk husband “A” being carried by “S” and Me – both of us the two known acknowledged “drunkards” of the place.

Some officers came to help us  and we carried the totally intoxicated “A” up the stairs  and we deposited him on his bed.


GETTING THE BOTTLE

Next morning  the Horny Commodore “C” called me to his office.

“C” was furious.

“I know “S” is a bloody drunkard  but I did not expect you to do this,” he shouted.

“Sir, please listen…” I pleaded.

“C” interrupted me  and he started shouting, “Why did you force drinks on “A” and get him drunk? Do you know how upset his wife is? She was so distressed that she rang me up at night  and I had to rush to her place. You buggers had got “A” so badly drunk that he was puking all over the place  and I had to call the doctor. I am very disappointed with you – and as far as “S” is concerned…”

“Sir  “S” wasn’t even there. It was “A” who came to my house. It was “A” who asked me for a drink and then got drunk – in fact, it was my non-drinking day – you can ask my wife – and then when “A” fell off the scooter  it was “S” who helped him out  Sir  it is “A” who is the real culprit – not “S” or me...” I said.

“Don’t give me bullshit,” the Horny Commodore “C” shouted, “I know buggers like you. And I know your bloody dirty game – get a husband drunk and …”

“Sir, please don’t insinuate …” I interrupted angrily.

Seeing my angry tone  “C” held his tongue.

I looked at “C”  and I said to him, “And  Sir  by the way  your blue eyed boy “A” is not a baby who can be forced to drink by thrusting a nipple into his mouth…” 

Then  I angrily left his office without saluting.

That evening  I sat with “S” in the bar.

As we enjoyed our drinks – we laughed at the whole episode.

It was “A” who had behaved like a jackass – and it was we two  “S” and Me  who got a bad name.


EPILOGUE

Out of the three of us  “A”“S” and M who do you think was most successful in his Naval Career...?

You guessed right.

“S” and Me – both of us fell by the wayside. 

It was “A” who reached high rank  duly propelled upwards in his career by his ambitious wife “N” – Nubile Nymph

Ha Ha  Roving Eye  the Horny Commodore (“C”) – maybe he is probably still desperately yearning for Nubile Nymph” (“N”) – even after his retirement.

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