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What controlled environment did you spend time in How long When I graduated from High School I entered into the Merchant Marine Academy at Fort Schuyler in New York From then until I was in my mid thirties I was involved with ocean liners tankers and ships For periods of one year at a time I would be on a ship traveling the world making shipments and patrolling the seas The controlled environment was both on the ship and in the academy Once on the ship I had to obey the rules and morals taught to us in the academy Was there an effort to separate you from your former identity No not really Contrary to the NAVY ARMY or Marines our boot camp was less severe and did not include such physical conditioning Our personalities were not changed because we were not in combat and did not have to learn to be a killing machine What were the most important rules you had to follow Besides not falling in the water we had to obey almost everything our captain told us Our captain was like our parents his wishes were our commands The captain set the standards and the rules for us to follow What were the least and less important rules you had to follow There was a uniform but it was not very important that we followed it As an officer we had to look respectable but usually the uniform requirements were not met We also had a curfew but that was rarely followed and it was rare for a person to get into any trouble for breaking curfew What were some of the make-dos the inmates made up for their deprivations with Since there was no TV almost every night after dinner we held chess and checkers tournament The games were fast paced and mostly just for fun no money was ever wagered We also drank
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