Permission To Speak Freely

By Damon Leggins and Andamo McCullough

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Damon and Damo (active duty CPOs) share sea stories and have unfiltered conversations about current events, policies, and everyday life as a service member.

Episode Date
The One About Boats

Happy Native American Heritage Month & Happy Holidays from the folks at ‘Permission To Speak Freely.’ In this “Friendsgiving” episode, Damon and Damo invite a special guest to the table, Jesse Hernandez; a BMC with a personal journey and a very unique story about his season(s) as a CPO Selectee. Jesse has a rebuttal for Damon’s DAPA (Drug & Alcohol Program Advisor) take. With the country legalizing marijuana, should the Navy look into a form of marijuana “reform?” The three discuss the topic. How will the CPO Initiation play out with the COVID restrictions in place? Jesse and Damon share stories of their experience with being on “hold” when the CPO results are released. The three discuss their personal weaknesses as and what keeps them motivated as leaders. Jesse expresses his issues with Damon and Damo’s “Greyhound” review. The Goats also review a movie that Damon promises that they would never review and much more.

Links and more information:


DAPA Program Instruction:


Navy’s PRT Changes:


FY-21 E7 Selection Results:


Billy Dixson:


The Rustic Republic:


Cutz Vinyl:


Damon's Book of the Week:

48 Laws of Power (Written by Robert Greene)


Damo & Jesse’s Book of the Week:

Can’t Hurt Me (Written by David Goggins)


Movie Reviewed: Battleship


Intro Music Produced by: Lim0


Logo Artwork/Design by: Natashya Vince

Nov 25, 2020
The One About Fat Leonard

[Recorded on 14 November 2020] The fellas acknowledge all the listeners and viewer since the PTSF “Launch Day” and respond to a few questions from listeners.  Damo asks Damon what kind of inspector he plans to be.  Damo gives a PSA on Powerpoints. Who really likes those things anyway? The Goats discuss the results of the recent President election and congratulate Kamala Harris on making history. They touch on working as a military member under a President that you may not particularly agree with.  Congrats to Sydney Barber on becoming the Naval Academy’s first black woman Brigade Commander.   Tired of squinting to see rank tabs on the Type III NWUs? The Navy has instituted a change that has been heavily debated since the announcement; the Goats give their takes on the update. The two discuss “smokers” and Damon shares one of the craziest experiences that he witnessed in a Repair Locker. Navy Seal “winning.” Main topics: Diversity at the naval academy, importance of diversity training and the “Fat Leonard” scandal. These topics plus many more on this week’s episode.


Links and more information:

Steel Beach Designs:

Sydney Barber:

Military Pay Charts:

Alternate Rank Tab:

Navy Seals Nigeria Hostage: Seal Team 6 (Oct 31):

Midshipman Racist Post:

Diversity training & Task Force One:

Fat Leonard Scandal:


Damon's Book of the Week: 

Building A StoryBrand (Written by Donald Miller)


Damo's Book of the Week: 

Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter (Written by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson)


Honorable Mention: 

Pre-Order Intermission II: A Poetry Collection (written by Alana M. Abernethy)


Movie Reviewed: Lone Survivor


Intro Music Produced by: Lim0


Logo Artwork/Design by: Natashya Vince

Nov 20, 2020
The One About Dinosaurs

[Recorded on 31 October 2020] Damo gives his reflection about his most recent periodic evaluation. Can children safely “Halloween” during COVID? The Goats debate the topic. Damon and Damo both reflect on their experiences with submitting officer packages. Damo takes a stand against restaurant that act “stingy” with Veterans Day sales. Is staying in for shore duty really worth it? The guys discuss programs that the military offers that they personally were able to take advantage of. Main topics: The past, present, and future and the mark they believe the next generation will leave the Navy with. Damon talks about his issues with the CMEO and DAPA positions on ships and much more…


Links and more information:


Matthew Burns (STA-21):


Seaman to Admiral-21 Program:


LDO Program:


Thrift Savings Plan:


USMAP Homepage:


VA Loans:


Tuition Assistance:


GI Bill:


Damon's Book of the Week: 

A Country Boy to City Boy (Written by James Cooley),feast%20no%20one%20should%20miss!



Damo's Book of the Week: 

Extreme Ownership (Written by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin)


Movie Reviewed: Crimson Tide


Intro Music Produced by: Lim0


Logo Artwork/Design by: Natashya Vince

Nov 19, 2020
The One About The Barking Dog

[Recorded on 24 October 2020] Damon gives his opinion on computer based learning. Damo opens up about the time that he cheated on the Physical Readiness Test and got caught. The Goats have a deep dive about mentorship. Khalili “The Barking Dog” provides a very detailed perspective on this topic. The Sailor of the Year Program changes are highlighted. The bros talk about getting selected for Chief and Damo gets honest about his response to not being selected on his first time up. Remember when the Navy wanted to take our rates away? The long awaited “EVAL” conversation is had. Main Topic: “A Fleet Without a Rudder.” Is training prioritized? All these topics and so much more…


Links and more information:


Sailor of the Year Program Instruction:,%20Community%20and%20Religious%20Services/1700.10P.pdf


A Fleet Without a Rudder (Written by LTJG Artem Sherbinin):


Damon's Book of the Week: 

LLC Quick Start Quite (Written by John Knight & TBD) -


Damo's Book of the Week: 

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope (Written by Nicholas D. Kristoff & Sheryl WuDunn) -


Movie Reviewed: Greyhound


Intro Music Produced by: Lim0

Nov 17, 2020
The One About Trunk Space

[Recorded on 18 October 2020] Damon and Damo catch up on new beginnings for Damon and exactly what goes down during INSURV. The Goats debate the CNP Vice Admiral's message regarding beards in the Navy and Damon declares himself "An Official Beard Hater." What is the worst watch in the Circadian Rhythm? "Boat Boos" are defined and addressed. Operational stress and suicide awareness are the main topics of this episode. Damon and Damo have an honest discussion about handling Sailors dealing with stress and provide different outlets for all Sailors in need of assistance with Mental Health, and much more on the debut episode.

Damon's Book of the Week: The Dichotomy of Leadership (Written by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin)

Damo's Book of the Week: A Knock at Midnight (Written by Brittany K. Barnett)

Movie of the Week: Antwone Fisher

Introduction music produced by Lim0

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Nov 06, 2020