For all of the satisfaction and acheivements that can be the result of a military life, there exists a brace of difficulties tht every man and woman in uniform must overcome, one way or another. These difficulties cannot be out-maneuvered, ignored, or destroyed. They manifest themselves in the forms of Hurry Up and Wait, mind numbing tasks broken down into 32 steps, cleaning everything many times whether it is dirty or not, packing-then unpacking-then packing again, etc.
Then, after all of this B.S. are the formal ceremonies, the close order drills, the parade ground performances, briefings on drugs, alcohol, sexual diseases, and sensitivity to others, physical fitness training - and then you get to concentrate on training that will hopefully prepare you to perform your job and stay alive when the enemy decides to shoot at you.
If all of the inane tasks and moments of drudgery in the military life could smother the ideals and dedication that make outstanding men and women want to serve their country, America would have been put out of business before it ever got started.
Instead, we have been more than blessed with the kind of men and women that, having taken an oath, find a way to soldier on through whatever difficulties stand between them and performing their missions effectively.
By the evidence of millions of citizens before them, American military men and women are not easily stopped by enemy fire, red tape, bureaucratic B.S., idiot officer and non-coms that somehow were promoted, or bad weather.
Very few people in civilian life have been so committed.
I am writing this to celebrate the accomplishments of a fellow blogger and patriot. She served her country for 21 years, 13 years on active duty and recently retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve. She had many different responsibilities in munitions maintenance, intelligence, and as an EMT. Through all of the crap the military can throw at you, she soldiered on through it, became a successful Non-Commissioned Officer, and reached the finish-line of a proud military career. Please join me in congratulating her for making an awesome acheivement.
Her name is Staff Sergeant (ret.) Juliette Ochieng.
You know her as Baldilocks.