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  • This phrase has been around since I was active duty (1985-1989).  As a mineman during that time period, we were called “Dirt Sailors” because we did not go to sea.

  • Nice to find myself cited! Yup, “Dirt Navy” was the phrase we always used for the ratings that did not serve on ships. Blue water, brown water, dirt or sand, I think I got to try all of them at one time or another.

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