Mail Buoy Watch

What is Mail Buoy Watch?

Mail Buoy Watch meaning in Military or Military Slang terminology / glossary / dictionary is:
(U.S. Navy) A method of hazing new enlisted unrated Sailors on ships. The Sailor is told that the ship’s mail is on another ship, but they cannot bring it to us. So, they tie the mailbag to a buoy and send us its location. When we pass it, the Sailor is expected to use a boathook and snag the mailbag. The Sailor is outfitted with heavy weather gear, a Mae West lifejacket, helmet and boat hook. He is then paraded around to the “compliments” of more seasoned Sailors.

 

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