In other areas of the internet, I posted journals/tweets etc mentioning that I would be busy this weekend babysitting a subordinate who got in trouble a couple of times in the past few months and was getting the ole bootsky from the DoD (Department of Defense). As an NCO, it falls on me and the other Sgts in my unit to monitor the kid: Make sure he is doing his extra duty, giving up my spare time to come to base and be there standing watch while he fulfills his obligations according to his sentence, etc.
I was kinda taken aback by the amount of responses I got that were urging me to make him bust his ass working, give him ridiculously dumb bullshit tasks to perform, chew him out, etc....
Why would I do that? o_O Why would anyone think that that is an acceptable form of behavior, military or not?
Yeah he fucked up. Not once but twice. Even after being given a second chance, he fucked up. But he has his punishment. He's been demoted to the lowest level possible. He's basically being fired. He has all this other shit going on that goes along with not just the military punishment, but the civilian punishment that comes with having an off-base offense as well.
So why would it be appropriate for me to make it worse by treating him like shit? He's already suffered the humiliation of everyone knowing his business, of wearing a uniform where you KNOW he's been demoted. He has that stigma over his head...
My job in this case is to make sure he is doing his required duties now. I'm like a glorified prison guard. He's paying what he owes and my job isn't to make it worse.
I know some of you have a notion that the military treats everyone like shit and the troublemakers even moreso. But that's not how those in my shop do business. Kid fucks up, we're the ones telling him what his options are, helping him to get to necessary appointments when he can't drive. Volunteering our free time to monitor his progress, check up on him, etc. He fucked up. But he's still a person and is still entitled to a certain level of fair and respectful treatment.
Sorry I hopped up on a soapbox. I was just a bit surprised by all the outsider FUCK YEAH THROW THAT BOOK! reactions I got.
6 years, 2 months ago
19 Aug 2012 08:45 CEST