Posted on Jan 31, 2016
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That reminds me of the First Sergeant I heard last week talking about his laundering practices. He has one uniform he wears during the week, 2 in his closet and 1 at the dry cleaner. As I was about to say something he followed up saying that he knew he was wrong for getting his uniform dry cleaned but didn't care because "I really like the creases...besides, who is going to say something to me for trying to look professional?" I couldn't hold back and asked him, "1SG, isn't it more professional to set the example and actually follow the rules and regulations instead of picking and choosing the ones we feel like following?"
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SFC William Allen
SFC William Allen
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I was stationed in Germany in 2005. I always had my BDU's starched and pressed.
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Sgt Ronald Harris
Sgt Ronald Harris
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LCpl Martin Vincent - I can't agree with you there. One's appearance is important for self esteem. I've found over the years, and I'm 73 now, if one looks like a mess, his/her work tends to follow suit. I'm old school and always tried to look presentable....still spit shine my shoes/boots.
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LTC Engineer Officer
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A sharp look has always been a benchmark of a squared away troop. When you came up with OD green or BDU, the standard was to starch and press them, even though the BDU label indicated NOT to apply starch. This habit wasn't relaxed until the ACU in 2005/6 where they were pushed as a wash-n-wear uniform, not intended to be pressed or starched at all. Having been at war for 4 years by this time, the focus was on proficiency rather than just a strack appearance. Sgt Ronald Harris, God Bless you and your generation! Thank you for your service! While it is a different look, you can still look sharp in the ACU or OCP/Multi-Cam without starch or pressing the uniform. Wash & wear doesn't mean you can look like you just crawled out of a dufflebag! Personal pride, self respect and professionalism can be demonstrated without violating the standards for the new uniforms. As Sgt Harris stated, look like a mess, work product tends to follow suit.
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CPL Deanna Green (Parkinson)
CPL Deanna Green (Parkinson)
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Geez...25 years later, and that is what is still being spewed by a Sr.Enlisted? WOW! The hours I would spend as an MP squaring away my uniforms (yes, all of them), and I wasn't allowed to dry clean mine...Ironed yes, starched...hell no!
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CPT Mark Gonzalez
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Tell them that is fine, continue spending all day writing a policy that no one is ever going to read. You cannot lead from behind a desk or by sitting on a computer all day. Control what you can and take care of your people. Don't let the hypocrites bother you.
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SFC William Allen
SFC William Allen
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Well said Sir!
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SFC Barbara Layman
SFC Barbara Layman
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In Germany during the '80s, Command policy was coming that prohibited smoking in government living facilities. Unit organizational offices were on the first floor and all 'barracks' were on two floors above. At the time of that assignment, I was a Senior E-5 by both rank and age and living in the barracks. The troops were in the same age group as my 20 year old son. Top came to me and asked what I thought about the policy. My reply was to ask whether this policy would apply to family housing as well. It did not because 'family' were being housed there. I then suggested that these young single troops had no family to 'fall back on' and these barracks rooms were their homes. If the policy was not going to apply to 'family housing' it should not apply to the barracks. After all, if concern was pertinent to cause of fires, or possibilities of illness, the affects would be the same, and on a larger population than in the barracks.
Apparently my opinion mattered because the local command did not implement the no smoking policy.
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MAJ Medical-Surgical Nurse
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SFC Barbara Layman - I agree in theory but the policy is to make all government buildings non-smoking, housing has gone privatized.
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SFC Barbara Layman
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MAJ (Join to see) - Privatization happened several years after this assignment. To the best of my knowledge, the privatization did not occur in OCONUS locations.
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I respect most of my E-9s, by the way, I just knew one that would not go to the 1SG to make a correction but he would go to the E-6 in question just to give him shit just because one time there was a meeting months earlier, the SSG asked the BN CMDR why we were not getting deployed to missions? The CSM had a hard-on for the the SSG from that point forward and hounded this SSG for stupid things just to F with him even though he was an outstanding soldier. That SSG left and went to another unit and is serving well and getting a few ARCOMs for his service helping soldiers. I am his personal friend so I know.
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CSM Rick Mathis
CSM Rick Mathis
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Sir, that's all well and good, but that's why we have a Chain of Command. If the SSG went during an OPEN DOOR sesson the then CSM has no standing. If not then he violated the respect of the BN CSM. I would have a problem with the E6 too.
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CSM Rick Mathis thank you for agreeing with me. He would have not said a word had it not been an open Forum invitation. Ironically, we were mobilized to go to Afghanistan 5 months later. Because the CSM gave him hell, the one-year Enlistment was up and he was no longer in the unit. Had the CSM left him alone, he would have stayed in our unit.
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LTC Ken Connolly
LTC Ken Connolly
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I have never met a CSM who dealt or tolerated BS.
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CSM’s not only tolerate BS, a lot of them create it. The military has a long history of promoting enlisted soldiers far beyond their capabilities. Just beacause you score 300 on your PT test or meet what ever EO quotas the service may have doesn’t mean your qualified to lead.

I have personally known many great enlisted soldiers of all races and genders but saw a steady decline in the quality of the senior enlisted force when we stoped promoting the most qualified and instead focused on promotions based on meeting an arbitrary diversity quota.
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