Posted on May 11, 2018
SGT Joseph Gunderson
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I know that we are (or should be) proud of our service. I, like many, believe that my experience in the military made me a better person and is definitely something that I am glad to say that I had the opportunity to be a part of. That being said, not everything is sunshine and rainbows. Although there are various positives that go along with having served, the world is not perfect and because of this, there are always negatives that come along with things. What is the worst part about having served or presently serving in the United States military?
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The worst part of retirement for me was moving from an organization (military) that demands accountability, responsibility, transparency and fosters pride into a civilian world that shares none of these values. City and county government is a prime example and seems to be full of people that focus on one thing and one thing only, a paycheck. In other words, I am blessed to have served in the military.

The worst part about having served was not being there for my family when they needed me.
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PFC Matt Ochmanski
PFC Matt Ochmanski
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Gov’t employees that never served a day in the military have the mindset that I’m going to do just enough to get by and coast till retirement. Then they get a coworker that’s former military and they get pissed cause they actually work!
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TSgt Robert Wayne
TSgt Robert Wayne
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I feel you! I retired and a few years later went to work for the city. I saw a shady person in a place he didn't belong and challenged him then directed him out of that area. Then one of my supervisors approached me and told me security is not my job. I gave him that look like "are you stupid?" And told him, "Security is EVERYBODY'S job!"
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Maj Gail Lofdahl
Maj Gail Lofdahl
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PFC Matt Ochmanski - As sociologist Charles Moskos said, "Be careful what you tell a military person to do, because you're in serious danger of having it done!"
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SMSgt Archie Hickerson
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Amen! HN
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LTC Tom Jones
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Spending 22 years on AD followed by 26 years in the JROTC classroom believing that my service/efforts were in support of the notion that this country was indeed "a city on the hill" a.ka. "a shining light" that the rest of the world could depend upon and should emulate and then watching it erode into partisan politics, foreign adventurism, "America First" hubris and a swelling population of young people who generally "haven't done anything or been anywhere" but expect the world to be handed to them on a platter. A nation where adult women go on parade dressed as their genitalia and full professors celebrate publicly the death of a former FLOTUS and deal with the fallout with the ultimate profanity. Tell me we are not a nation in decline. A cathartic rant for sure; thanks for asking. SSG Warren Swan SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth SFC Stephen King COL Mikel J. Burroughs CPT Jack Durish SPC Margaret Higgins CSM Charles Hayden SN Greg Wright SSG (Join to see) LTC Stephen F. MAJ David Vermillion SMSgt Dr. G. A. Thomas LTC Eric Udouj
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PO1 J R Foster
PO1 J R Foster
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I agree, Sir! It really bothered me when the military was forced to accept the values and standards of the civilian populace. The military is a unique institution that needs it’s own standards to properly function, not those of a population that says we have to accept deviations as the new norms. The next thing we’ll hear is that people in the military will have the “right” to question orders. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the military is a society in itself that for the sake of good order and discipline and the ability to carry out it’s mission in the most efficient manner, cannot be a social experiment that this ever left leaning nation wants it to be.
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SFC Melvin Brandenburg
SFC Melvin Brandenburg
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You are not wrong
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The government has always been this bad, we are just more aware of it now.
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MSG David Gagnon
MSG David Gagnon
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SSG, we need to save more than one at a time, we need to more. But I do understand the point you are making. MSG Dave GagnonSSG Warren Swan
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LTC Stephen F.
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The worst part of my military experience has been serving directly under senior leaders who believed that standardization of requirements and training schedules was more important than supporting the soldiers and their family members SGT Joseph Gunderson. I have fallen on my proverbial sword a few times for my soldiers.

Overall I am proud and grateful for serving in U.S. Army uniforms from November 1974 to May 2008. The soldiers I have led, served with and under by and large have been honorable and responsible.
Thank you for mentioning me LTC Tom Jones
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SGT Jodi WittBailey
SGT Jodi WittBailey
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That is a wonderfully lengthy career, Sir. Thank you for your grit in service.
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