I can now understand the power that comes with rank. Not just any rank, but the ranks of a sergeant, an NCO. It is almost like a high, the first time you get to use your rank when questioning subordinates. I say use because as a specialist, those same questions a person the same rank or lower could blow you off....but not now. As you ask the questions, they have to answer. And if you dont like the answer, you keep asking questions until they are stumbling over their words. Now I understand after all my time in the military why newly promoted sergeants would go on "power trips". It is a high that you are superior and that no one can deflate your ego because that is what it amounts too. Now, I always promised myself I wouldnt go on those "power trips" but I couldnt help my self in this situation. Read on to the conversation: (editor's note: names have been changed so as not to offend anyone)
It is about 1930hrs and I am working in my office organizing soldier's files when the night person for one of our companies walked in to chat.
SGT C -" Pvt. Hare, where is your weapon?"
PVT H-" My weapon?"
SGT C- " Yes, your weapon, where is it?"
PVT H- " Oh, I havent picked it up yet from the armorer sergeant."
SGT C- " And why havent you picked up your weapon yet?"
PVT H- " Oh, you see sergeant, I didn't have time today to pick up my weapon."
SGT C- " What did you do all day until coming on shift that you couldn't pick up your weapon?"
PVT H- " Uh, well sergeant, I, uh, slept until 1500 or so than I went to the gym for about 2 hours, and then I went back and got ready to come on shift, sergeant."
SGT C- " I see"
PVT H- " Well, I kinda fell back to sleep after I got back from the gym with CPL Jones."
SGT C- (CPL Jones being the armorer) "So, you went to the gym with the armorer, who has your weapon in storage, and you still havent gotten from him?"
PVT H- " Uh, yes sergeant."
SGT C- " And how long have you been off of profile now?"
PVT H- "Its been 2 days... no wait, actually its only been a day and a half sergeant."
SGT C- "So, let me get this straight, you have been off profile for 2 DAYS now and still have not picked up your weapon AND you go to the gym with the armorer?"
PVT H- " Uh, roger sergeant, uh but I will have it tomorrow."
SGT C- " Are you sure you will remember to pick up your weapon? You know, the piece of equipment that might save your life?"
PVT H- " Roger sergeant, I wont forget to pick up my weapon tomorrow, I promise."
changing the subject...
PVT H-" So sergeant, uh, I smoked my self (worked out) at the gym today."
Hehe, privates always trying to change the subject when they know they cant win. Its good to be king, if only for a little while.
Remember to have a moment of silence for all the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who have paid the ultimate price for freedom........