Another Sunday, another work day. The morale over at my new workspace is better than where I was before, but the bosses back in Victory don't want any of us to be happy over here... so my personal morale isn't that great. The leadership doesn't care about the individual soldiers at all, it seems. Nearly all the soldiers I speak with talk about when they can get out of the military... and I'm one of them. I can't wait until I can make decisions for myself and not get berated (it's interesting getting corrected by a sergeant when you're a Lt, in front of junior enlisted personnel for a silly rule that shouldn't have been made in the first place). I don't mind following rules, but sometimes I feel like I should take a stand against idiocrocy. Such as... it's cold here now, and the Army issued everyone black fleece jackets. BUT.... we can't wear them with our uniform because there isn't a regulation saying so, unless it's under your blouse (which there's no way it'd fit) or under your gore-tex jacket, which I don't have. So there are lots of soldiers walking around cold. It's just stupid. I could go on and on about the rediculous things that happen over here just because some Sergeant Major needs something to do with his time, but it would just depress me as well as you.

At any rate, I'm glad it's nearly Christmas. Some people got decorations sent from home, and we're going to put them up. Someone put some Christmas music on the shared drive, so I can listen at work while I'm reading reports, and that certainly livens the mood. This Christmas, all I want is a day off.

Well, gotta get back to my desk so someone doesn't think all I do is spend my time on the internet!


Anonymous said...


Hang in there...I know where you're coming from. Been there and it can (and will) drag you down. No one can give you any better advice than you can give yourself; just know that this too will pass.

Strange, but I actually miss Camp Victory now and again. I was there the night it "opened" (April 2003).

I appreciate what you're doing...

TJ said...

Thank you for being there.

It is very tough being a junior officer in what sounds like a pretty fouled up unit. You need to know that the Sgt Major (and I'll bet the rest of the senior enlisted act like him) act that way because the officers above you let it happen. I would bet that the treament of the junior enlisted under these guys is twice as bad as what you are seeing. Here is advice from a former junior office who also served in a f-ed up unit:

*Hold on to your integrity.
*Demand civil treatment for yourself and respect for your rank.
*Protect the soldiers under you.

It is worth "taking a stand agianst idiocrocy" if it falls into one of the above.

Anonymous said...


Never let "Jr" rank hold you back from voicing your opinion and standing up for what you believe is unfair treatment.

My very first CO told me, "I'll always back you up. So just make sure you're right before you do it. I don't care if you tell the General to *(&*@%. Just make sure you say "Sir" when you start and "Sir" when you finish.

A few times in my career, I took that advice, and was happy to see that people listened.

Hang in there. Know all of us, back home, support you!

Hugs from NH,

Anonymous said...

It seems dibriad@isg.mil does not work normally. 8(

Anonymous said...

Hi Amber,

Thanks for sharing your experiences with the rest of us. I think about you often and I always look forward to reading your posts. Keep writing and letting us know you are okay! I hope you get your Christmas wish. Hang in there.

Stay safe,
Susan Rosebrough, Virginia