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Dolphin Insignia

Pin worn by personnel qualified in submarines (enlisted - silver, officers - gold). This qualification period takes 5 to 12 months and teaches all major systems aboard the ship. A specified amount of signatures were required each week and if not adhered to a delinquent status (dink) and liberty restrictions were enforced. Once all signatures from qualified enlisted are obtained then a review by the Qualification Officer makes the final decision. Some ceremony and initiation takes place when the opportunity becomes available. This usually consists of being thrown over the side, photos and the drinking of the dolphins. I was surprised to see how many shipmates still had there sign-off sheets at the reunion 35 years later.

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