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With rank comes privilege.

You are by no means equal to someone of a different rank or pay grade. This is why we have a rank structure. We are paid differently, treated different, and have different expectations. Someone who has earned that rank (and don't get that confused, they have absolutely earned their rank) has earned the right to certain privileges. Whether it is a parking spot or better living conditions, that's just military life. It's how it has always been and will continue to remain. The hierarchy ensures obedience and good military order and discipline.

Also, with rank comes a lot more responsibility. Your Commanding Officer does not have all day to wait in line for a haircut or to find parking. Usually they have so little liberty time to themselves, they are given a privilege to assist them in completing certain tasks. From my experience, O5s and above work longer hours than any enlisted rank I know..With what they are doing, their time is literally more valuable than yours.
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SGM Frank Marsh
SGM Frank Marsh
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totally agree. don't agree with the wife/daughter using the parking place. total BS
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SP5 Rich Levesque
SP5 Rich Levesque
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All true. RHIP! These "perks" are incentives to lower ranks to strive for higher ranks. Its how its been since 1775. Now my Dad was a "mustang" from draftee E1 to 04. He deserved every privilege and perk of rank he received as did all the others who achieved higher grades. Something to work for.
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SFC Alvin Miller
SFC Alvin Miller
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SGM Frank Marsh - I never liked to see the Col's wife tell anyone who she was and USED his Rank for her Benefit.. Esp in a Military Hospital ER. When other priorities come First by severity of the nature.
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CH (CPT) Stewart Marshall
CH (CPT) Stewart Marshall
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While in Germany my brother an O-5 worked many 12 hour days and very often 6-7 days a week. He also carried two phones on him. Even on vacation he carried his work phone and had to take calls many times while traveling on vacation. After 23 years he said this is too much work and retired.
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SCPO Jason McLaughlin
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Can someone please explain to me how this tech savvy generation of Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, and Airmen with all of the information in the world at their fingertips, numerous movies depicting military life, and endless access to millions of veterans through social media why they are surprised at how the military works?

Holy crap, the fact that with rank comes some privilege is somehow a surprise to you is disturbing.....
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Marion Ryberg
Marion Ryberg
9 mo
SMSgt Allan Pochop - This is true. My father was a mustang. He rise through the ranks from private to officer. He deserved the respect & and any “perks” that came with rank.
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Marion Ryberg
Marion Ryberg
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Sorry, he rose not rise.
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2LT Ronald Reimer
2LT Ronald Reimer
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When you’ve been given participation awards and told how special you are since kindergarten, their perspective on their own worth may be a bit skewed.
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PO3 J.W. Nelson
PO3 J.W. Nelson
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MSG Keith Turner - Evidently the result of living to long in Mommy and Daddy's basement after high school ????
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PO2 Sam Corean
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*sigh* man, am I glad to be out of the military. As an E5, I went from being a faceless worker bee in the Navy, scrubbing bilges, to getting a job as a Quality Engineer the day I got out (with Bradley Morris' help). Within 6 months, I was the Production Manager with 150 direct reports. 2 yrs later, was the Operation manager responsible for the production of a tier one automotive supply plant with 200 hundred hourly and 3 department heads directly reporting. 4 yrs after that I was a plant manager with almost 400 folks reporting to me. I had my own parking spot that I turned into the employee of the month parking (hourly folks only, staff need not apply). Here's some advice:
Serve your time honorably. Learn everything you can - most importantly, learn how to treat people well (all people) and how to not treat people (both are equally important lessons). Use the military to further your education. And be confident that when you get out, many of the shackles and politics that enlisted guys face while in fall away and you can achieve whatever you set your heart to achieve for you and your family.
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SCPO Lonny Randolph
SCPO Lonny Randolph
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Chief Petty Officers are the top 10% of their enlisted specialty, Senior Chiefs are the top 2% and Master Chief Petty Officers are the top 1%. Using that as a gauge in a group of say 100 Engine Men under an ideal theoretical TO one would have 10 Chiefs each in charge of a group of 9, 2 Senior Chiefs each in charge of 48 personnel and 1 Master Chief in charge of all 99. The reality of course varies greatly depending on the mission of the shop/division/department/command. As a Senior Chief on board an LHA I had 47 personnel assigned to my Division and managed 87 "spaces" on board the ship with a huge variety of equipment to maintain. In a shore command I may have had as many as 100 personnel assigned to me.
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CAPT Surface Warfare Officer
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Just shows that you got the max benefit out of your military experience. That's the way to go!
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MGySgt Jerry Suarez
MGySgt Jerry Suarez
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Let's be honest the majority of the time if you're a NCO or SNCO cleaning shitters or scrubbing floors isn't gonna happen unless you're a shitbird. The military and it's rank structure usually gives a young E-1 thru E-4 more responsibility and in less time than any civilian job will Oh and by the way it's usually without a degree.
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PO2 Sam Corean
PO2 Sam Corean
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Different groups (MOS) have completely different structures and social norms. Phrases like "..the majority of the time.." only work if you're looking at a bigger picture than just your own experiences. In the Navy nuke world, an E5 is the nub, rookie, bottom rung that get's every single shit rotation etc. That's in a world where we make E4 the day we leave boot camp and are hitting E6 by yr 4 or 5. Other branches - heck other divisions within the Navy - are completely different. An E4 could have a dozen people reporting to them..
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