I have a small rant today that's military related. If you disagree with me fine, I welcome your comments, but as always, keep it civil!
I'm really, really tired of people voicing the opinion that the military "owes" them or constantly griping about how they hate x branch because of x reason.
I'll be the first to say that the Army and some of the things that go on really make no sense and I have issues sometimes with it. I'm not a fan of my husband having staff duty for 8 weekends in a row and sometimes 3 days a week. I'm not a fan of the fact I don't get to home for Christmas or get leave until February, however that's kind of a trade-off right now for him being home early from a deployment, so I deal with it.
I have a "friend" that's in pretty much the same situation as me. Her husband got sent home early for a back issue that has since healed, he had 30 days of leave after he got home (which we didn't get) and then they both pitched a fit when he was told he wouldn't get block leave until February. So what do they do? They lie and say they already had plane tickets and she e-mails higher-up people in our Rear D command to say, "How dare you not give my husband leave when he was deployed to Afghanistan!" (Those were her exact words to me) So what happened? They got the leave that they wanted.
It's things like this that grind my gears. The Army doesn't owe you leave whenever you want to take it just because you were deployed! Other people in your situation didn't throw a fit, so why should you? It's not just her though, I hear this all the time from military people.
I'm not one of those people that think the Army owes me anything. I get money for housing, my husband gets college courses paid for, we have good health care and he has a steady job. Sure, I don't like the hours or the deployments or some of the ridiculous games that the Army plays, but we chose this life. If we don't like it, then I think we'd get out. I wonder sometimes why people who complain all the time just don't get out themselves.