Have you ever had the desire to just drop everything and run off to live on a submarine? Though it's tempting to abandon this world in favor of living life beneath the waves, not many people know what it's like actually living on an real sub. Fear not! This list will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about what it's like living on a submarine.What are the bathrooms like? Can you even lift? There's more to life on a submarine than you might think. Sure, it's hard to tell time, but once you earn your Dolphin Pin, all the hard work is worth it. Read on for all the facts and details that you need to know before you decide to run away from your problems and start your career as a submariner.
The Beds Are Called Coffins
Life Is Divided Into Three Six-Hour Segments
Forget living a normal life while on a submarine, you live and die on a strict schedule. The hardest thing might be adjusting to the three, six-hour segment routine you have to endure. Crew members get six hours for sleeping, six hours on watch, and six hours for free time.
This kind of segmented schedule would be a lot to adjust to.
Sharing a Bunk Is Completely Normal
Usually, there are not enough bunks, or racks, for everyone. This is just something you have to get used to. It means that most of the time, up to three people are sharing the same rack. When one person comes back from a shift, he wakes up whoever of the three is sleeping and switches spots with him to begin his sleep shift.
This is often called "hot racking," because usually, the spot will still be warm from the guy who was just sleeping there.
Training for Submarine Life Might Be the Worst Thing Ever
So you want to be a submariner. Great... though good luck surviving the training for it. One former Navy nuclear machinist's crew member describes the training as absolute hell, saying a popular theory is that "there were no ships - the fleet, the school, the whole thing was a myth contrived by Navy psychologists as part of a sadistic experiment."
Yikes. He goes on to say how for the first months, you spend 10 hours a day studying non-stop, then march back and repeat it all day after day after day. He says "they cram four to six years of college-level information into a six-month period."