Rarely Do People Get Screwed in the US Military

Tony Barnes By Tony Barnes, 5th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Many people claim the military screwed them...that's rarely the case.

Military Discipline

If you go on veteran’s pages on Facebook, you will rarely find someone who says, “I was a piece of crap and deserved what I got.” Everyone thinks they did their job in an excellent manner. But, the military is like anywhere else. There are about 20% that do the job in an excellent manner. There are 60% who do their job somewhat acceptably. And, 20% shouldn’t have joined, shouldn’t stay and should head out the gate.

There are many checks and balances that protect the rights of the military person. They are given due process and have opportunities to appeal. Anyone who tells you their commander and first sergeant screwed them is probably not telling you the whole story. Does it happen? Yes, on occasion a person has a bad commander and chain of command. But, it is the exception and certainly not the rule.

In my 10 years as a 1st Sgt, I only remember a few people that I think got screwed. I was the 1st Sgt of a Security Police squadron. We had a young man that I think never should have been made a cop. He would have had a great career in Accounting and Finance or Supply. I won’t go into details about his infractions…just so my friends that were in that squadron are left wondering. But, we kicked him out of the Air Force because he did not have enough time in service to retrain him into another job.
I’ll never forget him. We originally were starting to kick him out in August of that year.

But, we found out his wife was pregnant. Although we had one of the worst commanders I ever worked for, I convinced the major to let me ‘lose the separation package’ for a few months. I felt the least we could do was allow the young man’s wife to have her baby under Tricare insurance. As it happened, we discharged him from the Air Force on the 20th or so of December after the birth. I felt horrible about it. My ex-wife and I gave him $100 to help them in their trip back to the Deep South.

I so felt that he was a victim of the Air Force, that I saved his Security Policeman beret
that we had confiscated as a method of punishment. About 15 years later, I mailed him that beret. As I anticipated he was overwhelmed. He is now a minister in Tennessee and I am very proud to have been a part of his life. He was one that got screwed…but, one of the few.


Air Force, Checks And Balances, Facebook, Security Policeman, Tricare

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author avatar Tony Barnes
I am a native Texan who spent 3 years in the Marine Corps Reserves and 25 years on active duty in the Air Force. I have been a Christian since 1985 and am an ordained minister. I am conservative politically and love to study history. I publish a mont...(more)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
5th Dec 2013 (#)

Good morning Tony. I'm back! A very timely and interesting post. Having served in the military, in the Air Force, I am in total agreement with everything you have said.

Happy holidays.

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author avatar M G Singh
5th Dec 2013 (#)

Good you nailed some stupid ideas

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author avatar Legend
18th Dec 2013 (#)

Certainly, every job is not for everyone. It is important to know when to get out of something tha'ts not for you

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