Only I know each of the other authors. They came to know each other through correspondence and e-mail. Some issues required consensus, and for those times I deeply appreciated their willingness to struggle with, and to accommodate, diverse views. For other issues, just as this book's characters see questions and solutions differently, and as the American public and government have reached no consensus, so too the authors maintained their differences.
My experiences and those of many military friends in the last 37 years took place under the old paradigm that supported strictly white male values. Now the armed services are undergoing a painful, piecemeal shift to more culturally diverse systems. Throughout this paradigmatic transition, these military systems will demand high standards of integrity and readiness.
Sir John Robert Seely, the nineteenth-century historian, insisted on the principle that an appreciation of history, especially recent history, is essential for the politician. He wrote, "Politics without history has no root; history without politics has no fruit." I strongly believe that the American public and government policy makers, as they examine and evaluate policy issues, need to review the relevant history before jumping to conclusions based on current newspaper headlines. My hope is that My Navy Too is both entertaining as an historical novel and useful as an educational tool toward understanding what's truly behind today's media frenzy centered upon gender and homosexuality in the military, as well as the military's policies and attitudes about sex.
Early on in our project, Admiral Duke Bayne and I talked about the comparison of Tucker Fairfield's story with that of Stockton's The Lady or the Tiger. While the individual characters within My Navy Too write their own views on sensitive, public issues, we intended that, after reading it, the reader would be part of the resolution and make a choice between the Lady or the Tiger.
For those readers unfamiliar with military terminology, a brief Glossary and Acronym List can be found at the end of the book. Beth F. Coye
Excellent! A well-written and thought-provoking fact-based story about the U.S. Navy leadership's resistance to incorporating women as equals. Read morePublished on August 20, 2008 by David N. Parker
My Navy Too could serve as the sole source for anyone who wishes to understand the issues of sexuality in the United States Navy. Read morePublished on August 8, 2000
"I loved MY NAVY TOO! After the first couple of chapters I discovered myself hooked. I was rooting for Tucker and Tom and Billie and Jennie all the way. Read morePublished on March 5, 1999
I approached My Navy Too differently than most readers because I was a WorldWar II submarine skipper as was the author's Father, RADM Jack Coye; I knew the author as a young... Read morePublished on October 11, 1998
Highly readable account of the trials and triumphs women have been experiencing in the U.S. Navy in the last 40 years. Read morePublished on September 18, 1998
Comdr Coye in My Navy Too has written and assembled a powerful, entertaining and disturbing study of gender and sexuality discrimination in novel form. Read morePublished on July 7, 1998
This book was gripping from start to finish. This book gave me tremendous insight into the culture of the Navy and the world of the women who choose to serve us in the Navy. Read morePublished on June 18, 1998