posted on Jun, 24 2012 @ 06:38 AM
I support the military just fine, until the military starts resenting me because of their job.
Let me explain better with this story...
I worked with and was manager over this guy who was not in the military anymore. He saw active duty, he had horror stories, I really respected him and
what he did for his country.
One day, I had to ask him to do some work he may have deemed "below his level" because where he was working under me he had not been promoted yet
out of some of the less desireable demands of the job. After a while, I noticed his work was still not accomplished. I said "Hey (name redacted), can
I help you finish up this project?" totally trying to implement teamwork here and nothing else.
His response threw me off guard, and really changed the way I looked at the Support Your Troops mantra. He said "Why should I be doing that crap
work, you know I almost died for you over there". In an instant I spun around and looked him dead in the eye, without thinking, and said "I didn't
ask you to join the military, you chose that for yourself. While I respect what you have done for our Country, you will not use that excuse ever again
under my supervision to get out of doing work, this is not the Military" and walked off.
Was I right in this response? I don't know. I've struggled with it since I said it. I tried to be a very cool-headed and helpful supervisor and
reserved this kind of "talk" for people who insisted on slacking off. I never had another problem with this employee again, in fact he turned out to
be very close to me. It's a slippery slope.