On my 17th birthday ('09) I walked into the recruiters office with my mother and father and I enlisted in the U.S. Army. Happiest day of my life.
One year later on my 18th birthday I was on a plane heading off to basic training. Basic training, for some is a horror story of screaming drill sergeants, grueling PT, and mental torture.
For me it was the biggest adrenaline rush, the biggest adventure of my life. I thrived in BT. I loved the camaraderie the teamwork that we had. I loved the training, the exercises. I loved everything about it.
AIT was okay. This wasnt the job I wanted but still, fresh out of bootcamp we still had the teamwork and the "hooah" to get the job done.
Im the kind of person, I'll stay hours late to get the mission done. If I'm doing something I put 110% into it.
But when I got here to HI it was all gone.
For junior soldiers, in order to get anywhere in your career, you have to kiss major a**. They don't see the good work you do on mission, they look for the 300s in PT tests, they look for the soldiers that brown nose, and kiss a** at company.
Working where I work, we are a joint service mission. We have navy, army, airforce, marines, coast guard, even civilians working here. And every service does different things for promotion whatever.....
These people are some of the SHADIEST indiviuals I've ever had the misfortune of dealing with.
That's not how I was raised. I don't personally care about rising in the ranks, I just want to do my mission, do it well, and protect my BB and my country.
I didnt enlist for the money (what money?) or to pay for college, or because I thought it would look good on a resume. I joined because I love my country.
Now my country, my army, is stabbing me in the back.
I have had the WORST NCO's (no names here) and worst supervisors (of other services). I can't even find words to describe how low life they are.
My old team/squad leader/mission supervisor (has to be the worst idea. You should never have a squad leader taht is also your superior in mission imo) used to be my friend.
Back before she made E-5 (i refuse to call her by her rank. She does not deserve it) she was an E-4 along with the rest off us on her team. We hung out with the same people, went to movies on the weekends...
A navy E-1 (used to be E-4 but she got demoted for all kinds of problems) was very shady, she talked crap, started rumors, all kinds of things that made people hate her. She thought the world revolved around her.
Well she started rumors about me saying I was talking crap about my team leader (the E-5). So this E-5 (ill call her SGT P) began using her rank to get me in trouble. She started rumors, lied go my Squad leader saying I did this or that.
One day during a chat conversation between me and my battle buddy, we commented on how horrid she was. Later on she went to his computer and say it, and wrote me up for "disrespecting an NCO"
A month later she was kicked off of mission and moved somewhere else....needless to say that didnt make her like me more.
Now I went on with life, doing my job. One day my 1sgt pulls me out n says IM being kicked off mission. The shady people on my mission once again started rumors that I was fighting with people, etc...and cinse it was Navy people, and we are Navy controlled I got booted off instead of the navy E-1 that was talking crap.
So now I am here in my new job, with another POC NCO who gets me in trouble all he can. He gives me orders, and I follow them to the T. But the orders are wrong. So who gets in trouble? Me. Even tough I have solid evidence saying I followed his orders....our CoC is so messed up. They automatically take the side fo the NCO over the soldiers.
So they are trying to give me an Article 15 (take away me E-4 and reduce me to E-3. Also give me 14 days of extra duty)
When I went to legal yesterday they said...."no these are not valid charges they need to drop this"
My Squad leader (SSG H) is being entirely unhelpful because in his opinion I deserve it....how would he know...hes only worked with me for 3 weeks, and in that 3 weeks I've done EXACTLY what I was told to do, with proof. And he's tried to screw me over and say, no that's not his orders.
Im just done. Im tired of trying to fight this. I'm tired of constantly defending myself to a corrupt army, a corrupt unit. I can't watch my own back 24/7 for the knife aimed at it.
This isnt what I joined for. I joined so I could go over to the pit, and do highspeed army crap. So I could watch my battles back and protect my country.
Not deal with shady people trying to get me kicked out for no other reason than they just don't like me.
Im not a bad soldier. I do my best in PT, I follow all lawful orders, I don't fight with anybody. I don't know how I got from loving life in Basic, to getting non-judicial punishment for minor mistakes? Im human. Everybody in the army is human. We all make mistakes.
They have 4 charges on my Article.
1. 5 min late for a PT formation (i slept through my alarm. Sorry. It was my first week EVER on a mids schedule so I was tired. Not making excuses just explaining)
2. 15 min late for work (my poc mazda broke down on the way and I didnt have my phone. Im usually the first person there. Im always a good 30 min early but when a car breaks down I can't just hoof it 15 miles to get there....)
3. Disrespect of an NCO ( the whole chat thing)
The last one they rescinded which was not following a direct order to contact the 2 soldiers im in charge of...which I did. And I had phone records to prove it so they got rid of that one.
The 3rd one (disrespect one) Legal is saynig isnt even a valid charge. Everybody at some point or another is going to complain about their boss.
It was a private chat that she illegally read in on, and so it has no standing.
In fact all 3 things on my article are things she complained about.
Just another example of an NCO misusing their power/authority
So I quit. I don't even care anymore whether I get kicked out.
I wanted to stay in and reenlist to go to the 1st Cav Horse Detachment. And ride horses for the Army.
All that drive is gone. I just want to finish my tour, go home, and see my horses. Im burnt out. I just can't even put into words how I feel...im done
P.s. If you made it through all that kudos, and I applaud you. Because its a long tale.