Date: 2010-06-28 04:09 am (UTC)
stewardess: (gk garza group)
From: [personal profile] stewardess
I'd say he's not making a statement about all military organizations throughout history. His examples all come from the U.S. military, which contains traditions and organizational elements from the British, who borrowed from many different nations, some outside of Europe, but principally France and Germany. All European nations were initially influenced by Rome, which was influenced by the Greeks.

Some Naval traditions pre-date navies. For example, a sailor dresses as a woman and is wed to another sailor standing in for Neptune -- once probably pre-Christian religious rites.

Here are some pics of the ritual (performed during an equator crossing these days) from the Naval Institute. The photos date from the 40s or 50s, but the rituals are still performed today.
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