ShockTop wrote:you're pissed, I get that, but taking it out on the board isn't necessary.
Shock, I appreciate your opinion, and I rarely, rarely, rarely get into internet pissing contests, but you totally miss it. I'm not taking anything out on the board. I was taking it out on Erik and now you.
I was not personally offended by Saul's post that kicked off this bruhaha. I am not a JAG selectee and am not affected by the Army's decision. My initial response was an attempt to do exactly what you appear to be doing now-- making the board an inviting place for everyone
. Saul essentially said that selectees shouldn't come here and vent their concerns because there are others here whose feelings get hurt because they haven't been selected and would trade spots in a sec. I just tried to make the case that it should be an open forum for everyone and people who were offended (like Saul) shouldn't try to squelch them.
That would have been the end of it until Erik came in and decided to get all chippy over my PS. I even let slide Saul's mocking repetition of my "thanks for listening."
I served 25 years in uniform--21 commissioned. I've been coming to this board contributing since page 3 to talk about my experiences in the Navy and what I knew of JAG from my several good friends who were JAGs. My PS about "unbecoming" a) reflects my disdain for people who use that word too lightly (when talking about an officer's qualities) and b) attempted to teach those who haven't served (ineffectively apparently) the significance that word has only to have Erik call me a nerd. I don't play this card often, but I earned better than that from my service.
Finally, I NEVER told anyone they HAD to have 25 years and get insulted just to express an opinion in here. I said that when those things happen, come back and tell me how you feel. My bet is you don't find it such a "diplomatic" term.