I did OEC&OEC, Sr. in Tangier. In 1971. There were about 100 trainees there. None of us wore smocks. I did FEBC on the Apollo in 1971, and no one was wearing a smock of any kind.
From about 1976 to about 1983, Green smocks were worn by Class V111's. ( None were worn on SHSBC at ASHO).
Loved the natterblog post, Emma. Made me think of the Heisenberg Principle; we scientists are a pretty uncertain lot, too, so don't feel that bad, or alone in your uncertainty: we are all in the same barrel.
another story about a Scientologist who defected! You had a purpose and its gone! You now need to revamp the original purpose and SURVIVE! Its quite depressing losing your belief and I bet it would have been easier to not defect. Life can be tough!