Monday, April 11, 2011

Submarine Currency

From a reader:
I am a current JO who just came back from my first underway. One thing that I observed is that energy drinks have become the new "currency" on board. Need a hair cut or some paperwork by the end of the day? A 5 Hour Energy, Monster, or Red Bull will help get the job done quickly. In addition, the value of these items increased as the patrol wore on. I would be interested to hear from the group regarding how things used to get done (cigarettes, coffee, hard candy...)
What was the most popular "currency" on your boat?

14 Comments:

At 7:01 PM, Blogger joshuarat said...

Smokes, Copenhagen, chocolate

 
At 6:28 PM, Blogger AFleming said...

Mountain Dew - near the end of mission in 2004 a can would be clearing $15 profit

 
At 10:03 AM, Blogger Those McLeans said...

Lots of Trident gum, different flavors. It took up less space and a piece of gum was an even trade for a cigarette. I didn't smoke off the boat, but those chaotic turn overs and long patrols brought out my inner smoker.

 
At 4:45 PM, Blogger Submariner682 said...

I stashed a big pound bag of M&Ms in a little hiding place and forgot about it. I auctioned it of for $26 at halfway night.

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger Hammer55 said...

Back "in the day" it was cigarettes that fetched the highest price (very few restrictions on smoking back then) followed by M&Ms.

 
At 5:01 PM, Blogger dsvpilot said...

A carton of Malboro's stashed in the back of the bunk pan were hot commodities, issued a cigarette at a time. Nothing like having a bit of leverage with the watchsection COW, or my LPO when it came to field day in the AMT I pit. When the spec op got extended because of the Iranian hostage crisis, the value of a single pack rose exponentially!

 
At 12:15 PM, Blogger Fossil said...

Mountain Dew and M&Ms back in the 1980's.

 
At 4:27 PM, Blogger Boogliodemus said...

Cigarettes. Saw a carton traded for a nice saxaphone and 3 packs for a Martin acoustic guitar. These were back in the barracks of course.

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger Joseph Vincent said...

The only currency I knew was hearing the words "I owe you one". As a single man throughout my Navy stint, I found it easier and smarter to have others owe me favors than making money. I still have outstanding IOUs to this day and they have not forgotten.

 
At 9:03 PM, Blogger pyrut23 said...

We used cigarettes and Gilly Cherries.

 
At 5:00 AM, Blogger Permafirst said...

I made the mistake one patrol to try to quit smoking so I intentionally bought less cigarettes. Figuring this would force me to quit. Needless to say, once I ran out of cigarettes I was was very desperate for nicotine. I ended up resorting to buying a carton of smokes from the captain who smoked Unfiltered Pall Malls. At the time sea store cigarettes cost two bucks a carton, I had to pay 20 bucks to get the nastiest tasting cigarettes ever. I learned the best time to quit smoking was in off crew and on my own term and not forced to quit.

 
At 9:18 AM, Blogger BoomerUSMV said...

Pistachio nuts. The little cans that had the dyed red nuts. When I was movie PO, I could get any daily from the tender even if it was slated for their Ward Room.

 
At 9:21 AM, Blogger BoomerUSMV said...

Permafirst said...
I made the mistake one patrol to try to quit smoking so I intentionally bought less cigarettes. Figuring this would force me to quit. Needless to say, once I ran out of cigarettes I was was very desperate for nicotine. I ended up resorting to buying a carton of smokes from the captain who smoked Unfiltered Pall Malls. At the time sea store cigarettes cost two bucks a carton, I had to pay 20 bucks to get the nastiest tasting cigarettes ever. I learned the best time to quit smoking was in off crew and on my own term and not forced to quit.

I think we may have served together. This happened on my boat. One guy used to follow me around to collect my used butts from the ash tray.

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger Gil Kaelin said...

smokes...smokes were always a good trade for anything- papers too if you had copenhagen to make an emergency nasty once all the butt kits had been combed through a few times, but papers always raised an eyebrow.

 

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