Shellbacks Making a Comeback in the US Navy

Shellbacks Making a Comeback in the US Navy

Hazing has been a part of the “Shellback” ceremonies in the US Navy for years, but the new Hazing Prevention task force is trying to end that. Hazing is classified as any and all actions that are, “cruel, abusive, humiliating, oppressive, demeaning or harmful.” It is nice to know that Shellbacks Making a Comeback might be at hand.

SECNAV Instruction and the new task force say that their mission is clear, and that mission is to end hazing. However, the Navy does not want to stop the comradery and team building associated with these ceremonies.

What is Acceptable and What is Banned

Throwing a bucket of water on someone, or a flavored/color drink, small amounts of non-poisonous grease or other non dangerous agents is considered to be “OK”. Engine Lube, or poisonous substances are out. Beating someone with a rubber hose is out, but covering someone with vegetable shortening sounds like it’s good “clean” fun still.

The object here to still let people have a good time but in a way that endangers someone’s life or well being. In other cases something is allowed based on their classification. Such as shaving someone’s eyebrows is considered hazing, yet is not if you are a Navy SEAL, as it is considered special circumstances and “a unique requirement of their job.”

Only 30 cases of hazing have been reported in fiscal 2013 by the Navy. Some more serious than others and a few reported to include “abusive sexual contact.”

Often these ceremonies will also contain gifts, and mementos such as special coins called Challenge Coins. These are made with specific designs emblematic of the location of the Shellback Ceremony. Also decals, sticker, custom unit shirts and other products are used to give the new sailors a lasting memory of the events and the accomplishment of the ceremony itself.

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An Important Right of Passage

The Shellback ceremonies are still an important right of passage for those in the US Navy. the definition of the ceremony is “Crossing line ceremonies involving  ‘Shellbacks’ or sailors who have crossed the equator before and initiating  ‘Pollywogs’ or new sailors, crossing for their first time.”

Bronze Statue of King Neptune’s Court

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This important right of passage can build a feeling of accomplishment as well as comradery, as long as things are not taken too far as leave people injured, physically or mentally.

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Titles of Shellback Accomplishments

  • Ancient Order of the Deep
  • Court of Aurora Borealis
  • Emerald Shellback
  • Golden Shellback
  • Imperium Neptuni Regis
  • Mossback
  • Order of the Ditch
  • Order of the Lakes
  • Order of Magellan
  • Order of the Golden Dragon
  • Order of the Red Nose
  • Order of the Rock
  • Realm of the Czars
  • Royal Diamond Shellback

The Safari to Suez

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Controversy vs Comradery

Today’s ceremonies have calmed down considerably. The new sailors will most times dress funny, sing and chant and get hosed down or splashed on by water buckets.

A corpsman in Virginia was quoted saying, “War is stressful, battles are dangerous. We need to be tough on each other so that we know we can count on each other when things go downhill.”

We hope that the Navy will allow the ceremonies to continue as it is an important moment for many Navy Men and Women. As long as the ceremonies are done in a safe and non-damaging way to our brave soldiers and sailors, we believe the benefits outweigh the issues involved.

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Air Force designs at Vision-Strike-Wear.Com are created in support of our men and women in uniform, their family, friends and those that support the freedoms of our country, America. Vision-Strike-Wear.Com takes design to another level with its unique and innovative Battle Rattle military design system. You can have the design the way you want it and watch it change in front of you as you select from a variety of different options.

Sleeve art along with custom front left chest graphics turns these incredible graphics into a design that is one-of-a-kind. Your security type, cover, eye gear and weapon can be custom added to your military shirt and is printed to order. No one else have your shirt!

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Transform Your Shirt with Sleeve Art and Custom Text

Transform your US Air Force t-shirt, for men or women or youth, in long or short sleeve, hooded sweatshirt, crewneck sweatshirt, tank-top, sleeveless shirt, shorts or sweatpants with not only a fully customizable military design but you can also select Upper, Lower or Full Sleeve Art. Real time graphic changes will show a graphic representation of the apparel on the screen as you build it. Check out this video on adding sleeve art to any design.

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Custom Unit Designs

Vision-Strike-Wear.Com also specializes in small and large unit custom military graphics for deployment shirts and commands. Custom designed military graphics with 10 piece minimums, multiple color options, mixed shirt colors and sizes, shoulder and sleeve art, custom text and more can be found when working with the design team of Vision-Strike-Wear.Com.

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6 Ways to Customize Your Badass Military T-Shirt

6 Ways to Customize Your Badass Military T-Shirt

6 Ways to Customize Your Badass Military T-Shirt

There are 6 Ways to Customize Your Badass Military T-Shirt at Vision-Strike-Wear.com using many options for selecting what YOU want to have based on your specific military history and career.

1. Shirt Color

This is the most common customization which most shops will offer. At Vision Strike Wear, we  don’t offer every color under the rainbow. We stick to colors that we know print well with our designs and will make the design of your choice stand out. Vision Strike Wear (VSW) is committed to only the best quality products for our military men, women, veterans and their families.

2. Design Placement

We don’t force you to print only on one spot on your T Shirt, Long Sleeve Shirt or Hoodie! You can select full back and front left chest, full front and back, front only, back only or even just the front small left chest design.

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3. Custom Left Chest and Upper Sleeve Art Designs

Vision Strike Wear has hundreds of custom front left chest designs. When you design your shirt with a full back and a front left chest, you can select from our designs. We have designs for every branch as well as several hundred custom unit designs with the logos we created for those units at their request! That way you know the design is not only customized, but is true to the spirit of that unit. The design is also available ONLY at Vision Strike Wear!

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4. Lower and Full Sleeve Art

Select from 20+ designs for sleeve art such as American flags, a Purple Heart, the Ace of Spades, Airborne, Anchors and other cool artwork. Sleeve art can be on the shoulders, forearms, or we also offer custom designed full sleeve art.

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Army Artillery

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Army Combat Infantry Badge CIB

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Army Combat Medic Badge

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Army Ordnance

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Army Cavalry

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Lightning Flight WIngs

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USCG Anchors

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USCG Anchors Stencil

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Navy Crow and Anchors Latin

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Navy Submarine Force

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US Navy SEALS

Full sleeve art runs from the shoulder to the mid forearm. Full sleeve art designs are ready for your long sleeve shirt, hoodie or crewneck shirt for all branches.  We have Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, Coast Guard designs as well as other cool full sleeve designs.

5. Custom Text

Add your own custom text drop to the front and back design, just the front design or just the back. Any text you want! Put the words you want on your shirt that no one else will have. Have a saying you or your unit go by? Nickname? Want to put your ship or designation on your shirt? A place and a date? Make your custom shirt a complete original.

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6. Battle Rattle

New from Vision-Strike-Wear.com! Even more customization when you see the BATTLE RATTLE logo. Choose your Cover, Weapon or War Paint. Vision-Strike-Wear.Com has created MORE military customization to change your BATTLE RATTLE design into a one-of-a-kind shirt, plaque or decal for yourself or a gift to someone you love serving in theArmy, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard.

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BERETs – PATROL CAPs – BOONIE CAPs – BALL CAP – COMBAT HELMET – WATCH CAP –

CUSTOMIZE YOUR EYE GEAR & TEETH

CHOOSE SUNGLASSES – RETICAL – FLAME – GLOWING – LIGHTNING- GRENADE PIN- KNIFE – CIGAR

CUSTOMIZE YOUR ICONS

ADD INSIGNIAS – PINS – ICONS – VEHICLES and MORE!

CUSTOMIZE YOUR RANKS AND RATES

ARMY – NAVY – AIR FORCE – MARINE – COAST GUARD (Coming Soon)

CUSTOMIZE YOUR WEAPON

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CUSTOMIZE YOUR BRANCH AND SERVICE

CHOOSE ARMY – NAVY – AIR FORCE – MARINE – COAST GUARD

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CUSTOMIZE YOUR BACKGROUNDS

MANY UNIQUE BACKGROUNDS TO CHOOSE

CUSTOMIZE YOUR WARPAINT

ARCTIC – DESERT – JUNGLE – NIGHT OPS – TIGER STRIPES – URBAN – WOODLAND – AFGHANSITAN FLAG – AMERICAN FLAG – AUSTRALIA FLAG – BRITISH FLAG – CANADIAN FLAG – GERMAN FLAG – IRAQI FLAG – ISRAELI FLAG – MEXICAN FLAG

Customize Now!

I hope this short blog post will help you see the ways you can customize your military t shirt, custom unit shirt, hoodie, crewneck or other apparel. Remember, that we also have customization for other products, such as decals, posters, license plates, mugs and plaques.

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Coca Cola Freestyle Meet Vision-Strike-Wear.Com Battle Rattle

Coca Cola Freestyle Meet Vision-Strike-Wear.Com Battle Rattle

Coca Cola offers Freestyle with more soft drink choices than one can shake a stick out. Last reported it was in the area of 100 different flavors and selections like Diet Raspberry Coke you cannot get anywhere unless you are at a Freestyle machine and have passed a full military security check. But don’t let that stop you. An American icon like Coca Cola is only interested in delivering the most dynamic and best tasting selection of tooth sweating, mouth dribbling soft drinks. Actually they are even better than that!

So what could even come close to the cola options A Freestyle machine can belch forth. Answer? Vision-Strike-Wear.Com Battle Rattle! Why? Cause there is of course the coolness factor but also because there are more hookup choices than singles night at the I Tappa Kegga Fraternity house. I mean c’mon that is a lot of choices? Right? Wrong!

 

 

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So here it is laying it on straight my cola drinking brothers and sisters: Vision-Strike-Wear.Com offers more choices in custom military design selections when the choices step from branch down to the weapons and even sunglasses your military design has when it comes to the selections you make and watch in real time as your military shirt transforms. I mean Coca Cola got it right and so did Vision-Strike-Wear.Com did when it comes to choices. It’s all about options whether its a Mrs. McCutcheon’s Pink Lemonade and Buzz Stand, A Coca Cola Freestyle Machine or Vision-Strike-Wear.Com Battle Rattle military options. Its all too cool for school!

 

 

So with a Coca Cola Freestyle micro-dosed drink in hand take a look at some military tees with more options than……well you get the picture!

New from Vision-Strike-Wear.com! Even more customization when you see the BATTLE RATTLE logo. Choose your Cover, Weapon or War Paint. Vision-Strike-Wear.Com has created MORE military customization to change your BATTLE RATTLE design into a one-of-a-kind shirt, plaque or decal for yourself or a gift to someone you love serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR COVER
BERETs – PATROL CAPs – BOONIE CAPs – BALL CAP – COMBAT HELMET – WATCH CAP –

CUSTOMIZE YOUR EYE GEAR & TEETH
CHOOSE SUNGLASSES – RETICAL – FLAME – GLOWING – LIGHTNING- GRENADE PIN- KNIFE – CIGAR

CUSTOMIZE YOUR ICONS
ADD INSIGNIAS – PINS – ICONS – VEHICLES and MORE!

CUSTOMIZE YOUR RANKS AND RATES
ARMY – NAVY – AIR FORCE – MARINE – COAST GUARD (Coming Soon)

CUSTOMIZE YOUR WEAPON
M16A2 – M16A3 – M4/M4A1 carbines – M4/M4A1 – M203 – M249(SAW) – M240G – M40A1 – M24 – M82A1M – M2 – MP-5N – M252 – M224 – M120 – SMAW, MK-19 – SA-80 rifles – Galils – UZI – AK-47s – HK MP5 – MK18 – M-14 – Rocket Launchers – Shotguns – Wrenches – Blow Torches – Swords and more!

CUSTOMIZE YOUR BRANCH AND SERVICE
CHOOSE ARMY – NAVY – AIR FORCE – MARINE – COAST GUARD
MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTIES

CUSTOMIZE YOUR BACKGROUNDS
MANY UNIQUE BACKGROUNDS TO CHOOSE

CUSTOMIZE YOUR WARPAINT
ARCTIC – DESERT – JUNGLE – NIGHT OPS – TIGER STRIPES – URBAN – WOODLAND – AFGHANSITAN FLAG – AMERICAN FLAG – AUSTRALIA FLAG – BRITISH FLAG – CANADIAN FLAG – GERMAN FLAG – IRAQI FLAG – ISRAELI FLAG – MEXICAN FLAG

CUSTOMIZABLE ITEMS
All Vision-Strike-Wear designs are customizable! Items that can be customized include Men’s and Women’s Styles in Short and Long Sleeve Shirts, Crewnecks & Sweatshirts, Hooded-Sweatshirts (Hoodies), Tank-Tops, Decals and Poker Chips! Once you have selected your design you can choose what you would like the design to appear on in the options field.

Vision-Strike-Wear.com customizable cutting-edge designs are available on T-shirt, Long Sleeves Shirts, Crewnecks & Sweatshirts, Hoodies, Tank-Tops, Decals, Stickers and more!

Choose your favorite design on any of our items and Customize It!

Top ten cool things about the US Air Force

Top ten cool things about the US Air Force

Top ten cool things about the US Air Force

Top ten cool things about the US Air Force.  The US Air Force has a lot of advantages in logistics, worldwide coverage, speed, missions and role types and this creates a creative insight into what is cool about being in the United States Air Force!

10. If I want Chinese Food, I will fly to China!

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9. When the G-Forces pull back your face, you look and feel years younger!

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8. One weekend a year, you get to take your jet home with you.

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7. You’re looking at a guy with one million frequent flier miles.

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6. At 20,000 feet you see lots of clouds that look more like bunnies and stuff!

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5. Always fun watching the new guy try to parallel park a C-130 Hercules.

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4. Seasickness is for losers — airsickness is the way to go!

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3. Free headsets on transcontinental flights.

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2. Whenever people ask where I’ve been, I can tell them “The Wild Blue Yonder”!

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1. Chicks dig planes!

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Dont Tread on Me with Vision Strike Wear

Dont Tread on Me with Vision Strike Wear

Dont Tread on Me with Vision Strike Wear

Dont Tread on Me with Vision Strike Wear , we don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk.

VSW artist Frost Call lives in southern California near Edwards Air Force base.  On a hike this weekend, a Rattlesnake decided to get a little too close to his family and he took care of it…. with a shovel!

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Frost Call is the designer of the SOVEREIGN shirt that he is wearing in the photo. If you want to check it out, click on the image below.

“Don’t Tread on Me” or you will get a what for!