This is a question that I've heard brought a few times. Let's say I'm an instructor at a given military installation and I happen to instruct new officers, many of which were prior military, (has no bearing on this question). In the past when they (new officers 2LT - CPT) arrived they were assigned meal cards, however with Covid, they now receive BAS. The kicker is that they cannot leave the installation, so they mostly all eat in the DFAC. This is also a training installation so Drill Sergeants have large groups of Soldiers in lines most meals. When is it acceptable for someone to skip past the AIT Soldiers being that only an hour is allowed for lunch? Should they ask the Drills if they can skip? I would submit that it's not really acceptable, but I don't believe there is a black and white answer for this. This is just meant as a point of discussion. Thanks for your feedback. R,
Posted 5 mo ago
I think it's completely unacceptable. Allowing one group to skip the line reinforces the idea to that group that they are special, or exempt. That attitude gets brought to the platoon as a new Lieutenant, and that kind of attitude is a bad attitude for a new LT. I've met more than a few LTs who came to their platoon with that sense of entitlement and their Soldiers hated them. Lieutenants should eat in line, preferably after their own Soldiers, just like their PSGs do. I've seen plenty of Battalion Commanders, Brigade Commanders, and Company Commanders get in the back of the line and wait their turn. In my mind, if my leaders can stand in line, I can too.
Skipping the line is bad optics, it's tough to sell the operational need. Personal recommendation: with officer students, you can make some deals with them and work to adjust the before and after class time a little to maybe get them to the DFAC before the AIT students get there so as soon as the serving starts they are in front. They can eat and be gone. There are also likely far fewer officer students than AIT students.m
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