Posted on Nov 27, 2014
SGT Patrick Abrams
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So my question to everyone is on hanging out with soliders. As it is thanksgiving and I have single soliders. I invited them over for dinner for thanksgiving. I'm new to the unit and I think they think it's it's a trap as none of them responded. Any thoughts anyone?
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I think it's very nice of you to invite the troops over for dinner. Don't see any problem at all.
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MSgt Aaron Brite
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I think this is an old tradition I was glad for at my first duty station. I have experienced great times and one of the best apple pies EVER at my supervisors home on Thanksgiving. These days though I have seen this to fade and in some units be discouraged as fraternities and assault concerns come to the fore. I fear our paranoia on these topics may weaken the comraderie of the unit and the "responsibility" of NCO'S to our younger enlisted. I hope you do ask those you invited for their thoughts and share their responses with us.
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Edited 7 y ago
This is something certain leaders in my past units always did for those who could not go home for Thanksgiving, and I think it was a very thoughtful gesture.

It's possible they didn't get the actual message, and it's also possible there is some history at your unit which affects the decision making on this. I think it's fair to ask them after Thanksgiving how they are and how they spent it, in a friendly way. They may shed some light on it, and it would be a good opportunity for you to reinforce that you are there for them.
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