Re: 55 Years Ago in the Weddell Sea
Interesting about the fighting breaking out. The U.S. program (and I presume others) screens applicants before sending them, including psychological testing for winterovers. There are also lots of recreational options available now that weren't available then, and women. I suppose all these contribute to there being very little in the way of altercations these days.
I imagine military expeditions were quite different in many ways, and indeed it was less than 20 years ago that McMurdo Station finally eliminated separate dining rooms (galleys, after Naval usage) for administrators and workers (officers and enlisted, formerly, except there were also civilians). I don't know all the details about that, by the way, I've just seen references to the fact that there were two dining rooms. I can't imagine that the scientists were sent to eat with enlisted men, but I don't know what criteria were used for separating the groups.