Still can't believe the young boy that we knew
Soon will be leaving to wear Navy blue.
That is a road that I've also been on;
Wanted to tell you (before you were gone)
One or two things that might help you along.
Words that will serve you when something goes wrong.
Dr. Seuss says it much better than I
Nevertheless, I will give it a try:
Do not forget that it always behooves
You to salute anything if it moves.
"Sir" is for officers; not CPOs.
Next time remember what everyone knows;
Never Again Volunteer Yourself, dear.
But, let me make it abundantly clear
We are so proud of the man you've become...
(P.S. In port try to steer clear of rum.)