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19 Things You Didn't Know About Living on a Submarine 

Jacoby Bancroft
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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.
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Life Is Divided Into Three Six-Hour Segments
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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.

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Earning Your Dolphin Pin Is a High Honor
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One of the biggest sources of pride when living on a submarine, is the opportunity to earn your Dolphin Pin. It's basically a humongous gold star all crew members want to get. In order to earn it, you must know the basic functions of the submarine and know how to use the sub as a weapon.

After you've memorized everything , you do a test run under the eyes of your commanding officers, who will decide whether or not you pass.

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Sharing a Bunk Is Completely Normal
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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.

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You Learn to Sleep Like the Dead, But Wake Up on Cue
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One submariner explained how his sleep cycle was the oddest thing. He said, "submariners learn to sleep like the dead, but wake up on cue. I could sleep through people having a loud conversation right next to me. But if someone whispered my name I would wake up."

That sort of conditioning is intense, but not surprising given the living situation.

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