When an individual
first would report on board, his first responsibility to the vessel is
to begin his submarine qualifications. This is a rigorous process that
requires the individual reporting aboard to have a solid grasp on all of
the ships systems.
As general knowledge
of each of the ship's systems is mastered, the person seeking qualification
would go to a person that is expert in that system. That expert would then
thouroghly question and walk the qualifier through the particular system.
Any part the qualifier was unable to answer or needed more thorough knowledge
of, he would have to go and research further.
Once completed, the
systems expert would then sign off that particular system or function on
the persons "Qual Card".
When all of the systems
and functions were signed off by the appropriate persons, the qualifier
would go before the "Qual Board" which would be made up of the highest
ranking persons on the boat.
At this point the
qualifier would be deemed experienced and knowledgeable to receive the
A ceremony would
then be held for the individuals that had recently completed thier qualifications.
The "Dolphins" would be placed on the qualifier's uniform, and after be
"tacked on" by his crew mates.
and the XO
Here I am standing
next to the Executive Officer preparing to receive my Dolphins as the Captain
makes his congradulatory speech. This is a major accomplishment for a young
seaman as it also allows him opportunity to partake of more of the crews
Receiving His Dolphins from the Captain
Here I am as I
have just received my "Submarine Dolphins" and am now pronounced qualified.
This has in essence just brought the qualifier into this elite class of
the "Silent Service".