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Re: “Calling the troops off the Incline

Let's see, I've been a Soldier for over 28 years and know plenty of younger Soldiers who can beat me on a PT test and drag down a cigarette before and afterwards. I don't respect their personal choice and avoid the second-hand smoke, but it's their choice.
The alleged comments/attitudes of the Soldiers are not suprising to me based on the YEARS of being around Soldiers in any number of situations. Whatever response was given to the hiker should have been a more respectful dismissal of the hiker's comment without any suggestion of any activity on the hiker's part (getting oxygen from another location or anything else).
The Soldiers are subject to UCMJ for violating civilian and military laws. Trespassing is the simple one; conduct unbecoming a Soldier, an NCO, or an officer is a judgement call of the investigating authority, but is usually included to insure at least one charge is acted on; simple assault is possible depending on the hiker's perception of feeling a real threat based on the words and actions of the Soldiers as well as her perception of her own security in the situation.
I have been deployed to Iraq, also, and my deployment does not grant me the right to be a disrespectful person. I follow the belief that my actions are being monitored whether I am in uniform or not, and try to act accordingly. Too many Soldiers come back with an attitude that civilians should give them carte blanche to behave on the edge of the law. If Soldiers want to be respected in the community, they need to act like mature adults, not adolescents. They also need to 'police' their buddies when they are in public. Most won't be Soldiers all their working lives and need to start thinking about how they'll have to act in the real world with a real job. And, yes, I have a real job outside the military as a professional engineer and as a small business owner. Some of the Soldiers who have talked to me after ETS'ing about job opportunities I would not hire if I had the opportunity because they do not exhibit the appropriate professionalism required in dealing with other business owners. Others are incredibly polished and professional, and I have passed their resumes on to friends and professional associates.

Posted by old dog on 06/10/2010 at 12:57 PM

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