Originally posted by NavyDoc
On the other hand, maybe he just got sick and tired of being sick and tired and simply bailed instead of going through the process.
Doc, we all know how this works - he made his choice and being a Senior NCO he knew the stakes. He is not some stupid kid.
I salute the man for his role in the defense of our nation and his role in a major operation. I feel for him personally, as a former member of the
Special Operations Community I know joint degeneration and its associated pain are the end result of a life hard lived. He has put in his VA claim
which will likely pay off for him with a 50% or better rating, that will entitle him to all kinds of retraining opportunities and special incentives
for hireling etc. As he has said though he really doesn’t want t a job working with a PMC doing the same thing all over again. So he has to accept
that if he is going to look outside his well developed skills set he has to lower his sights and likely start all over in another profession.
Regarding his “retirement” – that is the problem, he is not retired he just didn’t reenlist after his last term of service. That was his
option, his choice. He faced the same choice that all mid to late career servicemen and women face at some point in their careers. To stay with
something that you might not feel the passion for any longer or accept a less meaningful “desk or instructor” type position so that you can get
your retirement benefits or leave with nothing for a chance at doing something else while you are still young enough to do so. He was burned out –
I get that trust me. There are a million and one options for him to have ridden out his last 4 years. He could have had his pick of postings if the
Navy works at all like the Army. Hell, they made up a position for me after I got hurt (broke my neck on a jump) so I could stay until I got better.
People bent over backwards with exceptions to policy and all sorts of Command interventions to ensure I could stay.
For him to make his choice then claim the military left him “high and dry” is a little disingenuous and IMO kind of dick move. He was a highly
trained operator and a Senior NCO, he knows by that time how the system works. He is not some kid faced with an uninformed choice.
He alone chose to let his term of service expire before meeting the threshold for benefits. I really don’t feel all that sorry for him. Regarding
the “specialness” of his contributions being a SEAL and all. That is nice and he was compensated IAW military policy for the risks he took
through his combat pay, hazard pay for SCUBA and HALO and language pay for that too.
We are all servicemen and our retirement rules are the same for a Finance Clerk and a SEAL (Doctors and Lawyers too
) – period, which is as
it should be. No part of the machine of war is less important than the other. No one part could function without the support and dedication of the
rest. Sure some are more sexy, but not more important.
All that said; I very much dislike the “all or nothing”
system of retirement we currently have. I’d rather see a matching 401K or a
situation in which at some point – say the third enlistment or, 10 years one would be vested and get a reduced amount, at least something for their
service. Congressmen and Senators get a retirement after one or two terms albeit a reduced amount. If it's good enough for them it's good enough for
However, those are not the current rules. So either you either put on the big girl panties and stick it out, eat some crow and humble pie and accept
a lower tier (tell war stories to tranees or whatever) position and finish the 20 or leave. He'd be an awsome instructor at any school in the Navy I
It’s a personal choice. To stay for 16 then blame the system is kind of a dick move IMO. He knew the rules and the system each time he
Now about the protection for his family – that is where the whole “silent professionals” motto part comes into play.
I don’t know the circumstances that lead to his real identity being linked to this operation but if it was his doing (in a book or like this
interview for instance) then he is the one who put his family at risk.
If it was some lapse of security or breach on the part of the government then they need to pony up and make amends by disappearing him and his family
into some sanitization program. (Like witness protection.) After which he needs to shut his hole and drive on like Jon Doe.
I say its's bad form to make the whole system look bad because he woke up one day and realized he made a rash decision based on emotion and regrets
edit on 12/2/2013 by Golf66 because: (no reason given)