FairchildFLT wrote: JazzyMac wrote:
Im only twenty-two. I finished my B.S. while on active duty at 21. While I was on active duty I was an E4, and my supervisor was a 26 year old E5. He sent me an email one day before writing my EPR letting me know "You have too much education, and too much volunteerism." A few months later I was accepted to UT law, and dropped separation papers. Now, I am literally about to get paid to go to UT. (GI Bill plus scholarship) That is what is wrong with the military today.
I'd have to say the supervisor comment could have pointed to the fact that your education and volunteer bullets outweighed your duty performance bullets. School and volunteering is great, and I highly recommend it. But, if you're not showing as strong in your main duties, it can come off negative.
I've supervised many an educated subordinate and the ones who have succeeded have followed my advice.
FairchildFLT wrote:I'm sure my education bullets and volunteer bullets outweighed my duty performance bullets. I had no plan and no goal of being an NCO or spending a second more in the military than I needed to. Now I'm attending a top law school and he's probably telling some other young troop their priorities need to be "God, country, service," just like he told me. Time will tell who made the better decision.
Keep in mind, many here in this forum have succeeded in the ranks, led people, teams, and organizations, and seen combat while their loved ones have stayed at home or their brothers-in-arms have died...all while attaining their undergraduate degrees, or even more. Now they've retired after serving many years honorably and some have gone on to REAL top law schools (T-14 as it were). I'm certain that "God, country, service" is less about the focus on duties versus education, and more about the overall attitude.
TL;DR: You and your former supervisor will both succeed with the right attitude, education is just another cherry!