The Army

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Yesterday I did something a bit out of character. I decided to express an opinion about the Army on my personal profile on a social media site. Normally, I keep these opinions offline for the sake of not having anything come back to haunt me, but yesterday I just couldn't refrain. Before I go any further, I just want to say that I'm grateful for our servicemen and women, and I wholeheartedly believe that without their dedicated services, my freedom wouldn't be as it is today. But, that doesn't mean I'm not allowed to get upset when something happens that I don't believe in. In the grand scheme of things, it may not seems so serious.. but it was to me. Yesterday, I was going over the promotion list for the month of February because a friend mentioned her husband had made the cut for SGT and as I'm going through the names, I couldn't help but get a little upset when a familiar name popped up on the list. There on that list to give someone more responsibility, and more expectations, was a person who doesn't meet standards. I know, as just an Army wife, I probably shouldn't have these types of feelings, but let me tell you why I do.

You all know how much I love and adore my husband.. but a chunk of my respect, love, and admiration comes from his ability to be a natural born leader. He is a hard worker, he loves his job, and he's really good at it. Anything that he's received while he's served in the Army is because he worked for it and he deserved it. He has good work ethic, he doesn't slack off, and he meets ALL standards that are required of him. When he gets a promotion, it's because he earned it. It's because he did all the things he had to do in order to get that promotion. He has integrity, he cares about his soldiers, and he always puts them first. Whether it's job related, or their personal life. He cares about the well-being of his soldiers. When I think of leaders in the Army, I think they should all mirror some of those values and ethics.

So when you see people who don't uphold those standards, people who cruise through their careers making tons of mistakes, slacking off, and pretty much not giving their all.. you wonder why these people still advance? Why these people without work ethic are being put in positions to lead other soldiers. To me, that's suicide. That is a dangerous be a soldier who is not equipped in a leadership position. Not only does bad leadership trickle down, but it could potentially get another soldier killed while these guys are in combat. I never want to think about a soldier dying, especially from something as easy to fix as bad leadership. I know, I know the Army like everything else, isn't perfect. But, come on! Standing beside my husband I have seen plenty of good men, with good ethics, and the right attitude ready to lead, but they were held back for whatever reasons. I just don't get the system. I don't get how people can be rewarded when they don't deserve it. That's not something to be proud of, and I know it's extremely disheartening for me.

I guess my real issue is just knowing that whomever is under that soldier, could potentially be hindered in a bad way because of this new leadership. Again, it may seem minor, it may seem unimportant, but it really isn't. I normally don't base judgments like this, because I'm not a soldier or a leader in the Army, but when you see things and hear things, it's only human nature to base an opinion. So there it is. This is what my comment yesterday was about. Nothing that impacts my family directly, but definitely impacts the Army as a whole. It got me thinking how many more people like this guy are being put in leadership positions when they don't have the correct ethic. Definitely made me sick to my stomach.

Rant over! Happy Tuesday all!

♥- Leilani

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