posted on Jul, 12 2006 @ 03:03 AM
Here is an interesting link
I retired after 25 years, not necessarily because I wanted too, but I looked around and noticed that this was nothing like I remembered.
I opted out because of a number of things, but mostly because the esprit de corp and the respect had all but vanished. When we got to a kinder
gentler service we lost our legacy of the supreme war fighter. When people in command tell senior NCOs that they need to be understanding and be easy
on the lower ranks, they took a SNCO's authority away. They made us baby sitters, not war fighters. Senior ranks are worried more about promotions
and how many bronze stars they will collect, than about the pride of their role as leaders. Peers of mine that are still in are treading water till
they retire. They want you to be a leader but take away your authority. Got off the subject a little. The point is I think it is a numbers game,
recruiting goals. We are not bringing in those people that have the same metal they had 10 years ago. You get what you pay for.