Posted on Jul 2, 2016
CW3 Dylan E. Raymond, PHR
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SFC Zach K.
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Chief, the MEME is hilarious. On a more serious note though, the Component 2 and 3 Soldiers have proved a great deal of people wrong. We all know the stigma the Regular Army has regarding "Weekend Warriors." I pissed some people off during a deployment to Jordan when I informed an incoming Regular Army Unit that they would likely experience more struggles than the current NG Unit they were replacing. "You mean to tell me that my guys, who have are Soldiers all day, every day are going to have trouble." I informed the Brigade Commander that his Infantry Battalion Soldiers were likely exceptional Soldiers, but they were one trick ponies. Didn't sit well, but it was the truth. The mission set that the NC NG was filling in on was "Infantry" but related to more law enforcement and border security efforts. Almost a third of the Soldiers there were cops which gave them a very unique perspective and skillset that a traditional RA Unit would never be able to fill. With the increase of Regionally Aligned Forces (RAF)/Expeditionary Deployments I would argue that Component 2 and 3 Units are almost better equipped to handle these dynamic mission sets. I am don't ranting now and would like to add that I have no useful answer to your questions regarding civilian anything. I have dream though...that one day I will be Joe Civilian and will be able to demonstrate my ability to underachieve and quit when things go wrong! Enjoy the 4th.
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CW3 Dylan E. Raymond, PHR
CW3 Dylan E. Raymond, PHR
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Same to you be safe. Thanks for sharing
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CSM Charles Hayden
CSM Charles Hayden
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SFC Zach K. That mix of civilian experiences USAR and Guard units bring to the 'fight' is much more than most commanders realize! Cuz, they, (the CDRs), never really engage and learn about those troops!
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SFC Zach K.
SFC Zach K.
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CSM Charles Hayden - Same as Iraq and Afghanistan. Failure to understand the human terrain...even within their own formations. It's said, but I am not surprised at all.
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I remembering hearing in the first few years of Iraq, that some commanders were asking for NG or Reserve units before AD units because of the unique experience that the NG/Reserve units bring to the fight.
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Took a job with my current company because it paid the bills. In 5 months I was moved to supervisory level. I was made assistant manager within 14 months. My service in the Guard has more than helped me move up the ladder.
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CAPT Kevin B.
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Got tossed from promotion consideration because the senior civilian told me he'd never promote me because I was a Reservist... twice. Interesting things happened to create a course correction on his part which meant promotion was delayed about 3 years. Also remember people get fired over it. USERRA only works if DoJ wants to go to bat for you. I had several in my last command who were fired while deployed. DoJ wouldn't help out because the level of "damages" wouldn't meet their minimum threshold which was $2-3M at the time. People would get a job sooner. Laws are only as good as the enforcement and that track record is pretty poor.
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CW3 Dylan E. Raymond, PHR
CW3 Dylan E. Raymond, PHR
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I agree with you 100%. My reemployment rights was violated under USERRA and in some cases DOJ is in bed with the employers. The company was posturing for a fight a dug in. But everything happens for a reason and it unbelievable the role I am in now and the company has had some challenges where people was laid off, reorganized. Good things happen to good people.
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CAPT Kevin B.
CAPT Kevin B.
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Actually your outcome is fairly common. Stressful, but common. DoJ isn't in bed with the employers because it doesn't benefit them. They simply are far smaller than the multitude of demand signals out there, hence they prioritize with a good dash of political steerage. SMs have always been at the bottom of the food chain and this is just another case of it. Like most things, legislation is passed with no ability to make it happen.
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