Posted on May 13, 2015
SPC Chad Kolod
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So I just moved in next to a navy base and I have seen so many rude soldiers it makes it hard to be a civilian. They seem to have this, better-than-thou, attitude about them and it truly bothers me. Now I know that there will always be some disrespectful soldiers but it is really sad to see. Has anyone else run into this? When I was in Georgia that vast majority of soldiers were great, even though the base I was at was very lack luster. Maryland had half and half, but the base I'm near now seems to be full of entitles soldiers. What do you think?
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I would 100% agree that some installations are worse then others. Unfortuanately attitude and the way the installation is commanded depends on how Soldiers are. Some places just don't show as well as others that they care for Soldiers and familys which causes some bad attitudes. Don't be quick to blame them there is something that is causing this attitude but I will say most installations that I have been at it is about a 80-20 being good/bad attitude.
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CPL Roger Copeland
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I totally agree.

And the same can be applied in the world of a federal employee. It's all about Leadership and the people in that command.
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SSG Human Intelligence Collector
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Not all posts or bases are created equal. It's the people who make or break a place as much as the location. Make the best of it, but nothing is permanent about a PCS.
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SPC Chad Kolod , First please clarify your post...you said you have moved next to a Navy Base, then talk about Soldiers, not Sailors? A bit confusing, please clarify if you're actually talking about US Army Soldiers (in the area) or if your actually referring to US Navy Sailors from the base. Thanks.
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SPC Chad Kolod
SPC Chad Kolod
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I apologize, I did mention further down that I meant sailors. Just used to calling them soldiers.
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1SG Eoc Ops Coordinator / Ga Certified Emergency Manager
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Just wanted to make surre I was tracking with you. I can't speak for Sailors and the Navy, however I think I can for Soldiers here at Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Air Field, GA. I attend the Commanding General's New Comer's Brief every two weeks. At each brief there are generally 200-250 Soldiers (E1-E7) required to attend. In relation to my job, I share information with them on Emergency Management, Anti-terrorism, OPSEC, Family Preparedness for emergencies and the possibility of emergency evacuation due to hurricanes. There are over 20 agencies that are required to attend and the Soldiers have to get signed off on each station before departing. So I personally get to speak to each and everyone of them. That's over a 1,000 Soldiers a month. Now with that being said, I find them to be well mannered, polite, professional when speaking with me. Honestly I have found myself a bit surprised by it. Now, once they get off-duty and familiar with their surrounding and depending who they choose to hang out with, off-duty behavior could be entirely the opposite. My wife and I get out and around a good bit and there are always Soldiers around, for the most part, their behavior is acceptable and I have yet to see any out of line. But being a former 1SG, I know it's happening out there somewhere and it's generally when alcohol is involved.

We (Savannah) hosts the 2nd largest St. Patrick's day Celebration in the country each year and each year we always have a few drunk and disorderly, some fights, and a few DUIs. Soldiers will be Soldiers and it's going to happen to some. But for the most part, I'm proud to say our Soldiers at Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Air Field, Home of the 3rd Infantry Division, 75th Rangers, and 3Bn 160th Aviation Regiment are for the most part, well behaved and professional.

I will also say the same for the Marines assigned at Parris Island, SC at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, where I visit TDY several times a year.
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1SG (Join to see) - I fix disrespectful behavior when/wherever I see it. No slack
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SMSgt Lawrence McCarter
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I'll say My contact with the Army as an Air force member has always been positive. I find most members of the Armed Forces are fine, those that display that type of behavior in any service are small in number but they get noticed. I have in the course of AF Security Police duties locked some of them up. I have found though with Navy, most are ok but a ship that has been out to sea a long time the behavior of some isn't good, they usually end up in jail. It doesn't matter which navy we are talking about, its nothing New. One night We had locked up 37 Australian Sailors form the HMS Melbourne. The Captain was waiting for them at the top of the gangplank (hope thats the right term, I'm not Navy) when they left the jail to return to the Ship. Just remember each of us represents a Military service and many civilians have little contact, at least make a positive impression.
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