When I was in the Navy, we socialized. We played cards in our off times, told sea stories, played Acey Deucey, we played on divisional soft ball teams, command sports teams, and shared our lives together underway or in port. There was no computer games, lap top videos, email 24/7, or books on tape. Sailors, Chiefs, communicated, discussed things, taught each other, socialized.
Today's Navy and probably the other Military organizations no longer have the social skills to support each other on an emotional level. Hell, they don't even know their shipmate, unless they are trying to date her! That lack of social skills in one of the reasons we have the suicide problems we have today!
I remember Command Master Chief Bobby Scott on the USS Wisconsin, he knew every sailor on the ship by name, their wife's name, most of their children's names, and their issues! He probably did not own a personal computer, but he could tell when a sailors demeanor changed and that knowledge saves lives!
During the Viet Nam war, the sailor's who served in country suffered from the same stress disorders as the veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars but the Viet Nam veterans who stayed on active duty had a built in support group! We talked about the mental issues, stayed up whith them when they were stressed, brought them back when they were drunk, and looked after them! One of my best friends, Jim Smith, who is now dead, suffered from PTSD. Sure it was undiagnosed, it was not even heard of then! But he knew it and we all knew it, but we stuck together through the tough times and we made it.
That bonding is what is missing in today's military. So you see these commercials for you to donate to this military charity or that one. I hear the Veteran's say; I was alone, I wanted to kill myself, no one cared! Why wasn't their shipmates there for them. I'll tell you, they were playing their video games and getting sexually excited reading an interactive sex site! Shipmates are killing themselves because shipmates don't care. Why, because they don't socialize. They don't know their shipmates, and they don't care.