Posted on Dec 11, 2018
1SG John F
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Two weeks ago I wrapped up my career and retired as a 39 year old 1SG. I can honestly say, the last two years has been the absolute worst of my career leaving me disenchanted with the state of the military and my career as a whole. I encountered backstabbing SRNCO'S with zero loyalty to the chain of command, but more of a "what can you do for me?" mentality. In addition, they promoted a culture of mediocrity where it was acceptable to not meet standards or barely get by. Now as a 1SG I should have had the tools necessary to rectify these issues via reductions and corrective action. Never the less, my hands were tied do to the numbers game and for the first time in my career I feel I left something worse than how I found it. I otherwise have had a very accomplished career; however, I feel that my legacy is based on the last thing I did. Has anyone had a similar experience?
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CSM Chuck Stafford
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Definitely not my experience. I feel for you, but know, there is life after...reminisce on all the good things and regale the stories (exaggerate too, you've earned it). You got a whole lot of life ahead of you. Thanks for your service, Good Luck, and God Bless you and yours
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LTC Multifunctional Logistician
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Congratulations on your career and retirement. Don’t dwell on the past or worthless individuals. It’s time to set new goals and set the conditions for enjoying new experiences.
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1SG John F
1SG John F
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Thank you for your kind words!
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SGM G3 Sergeant Major
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I can tell you this, I have been there when a CO or 1SG was wrapping up their company time and felt that they made zero progress with the company. The company was still nowhere close to where it needed to be, but I was always able to point out the areas where improvements were made, even if they didn't make it all the way to the goal.
You may start to see those too after you get some time and distance from that last job.
And chances are, the example you set in that company probably impacted a few NCOs and Soldiers and will remain a part of them as they pick up the good fight and carry it on throughout their careers. One of them may even hit you up here or FB in a few years to thank you for that.
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1SG John F
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Thank you for your input.
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CSM Charles Hayden
CSM Charles Hayden
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Key word, “impacted”. Those results are everlasting.
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CSM William DeWolf
CSM William DeWolf
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Well stated SGM Jeff Mccloud!
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