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Ever have one of those days?

April 22, 2014

You know, the ones where good times and happiness give you the finger and ride off into the sunset? I was so excited to be less then thirty days from going home, only to be told I’m now going home ‘on time’ ten days after my end of tour date because it’s an ‘authorized variation of the deployment orders’. It’s not an extension, its just a change to the on-time date. Completely different.

I think I’m going to buy a bag of marshmallows just in case every aircraft in the squadron spontaneously combust, that way we can all laugh and roast marshmallows as the damn things burn. Yes, morale and loyalty to the squadron are that low.  It’s not even just the squadron. Part of it is that it’s a stand-alone expeditionary unit, responsible to no one stateside. Part of it is that every time anyone in the leadership chain starts out by saying we did something well, some form of ass-chewing inevitably follows. And part of it is that it at least seems like nobody gives a shit about any of us as anything more than numbers. They preach about ‘mission first, people always’, but it very quickly becomes obvious that it’s ‘mission always, people never’.  Seven day a week ops? Not a problem! Expecting people to spend half the year deployed and then come home and work twelve hour days? Standard! Nobody needs to see their family. If that airman wanted to be home for the birth of his kid he should have volunteered to deploy early. It’s his own fault you know. Oh, you got injured moving that 550lb safe that we demanded be moved down the hallway NOW when we didn’t have equipment? Go get some motrin, and then quit bitching about it. The physical therapy and rehabilitation is just a suggestion, we have the commander’s waiver for it right here. What’s that you’re on profile, have been for the past three years, but still deploy anyways? You’re obviously malingering and are a useless, lazy fuck who doesn’t belong in the military.

 

Rants done. Maybe I’ll have a non-bitchfest next week.

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