Fujin11 wrote:I have a question I'm not sure if you JAG folks are at liberty to answer but do you find that since you are professional staff and don't often see armed conflict as opposed to like line infantry do you find that you're looked down upon by more seasoned combat veterans. such as those combat veterans feeling you're not deserving of your rank so on and so forth.
I only ask because my step father served in the navy special forces and he said (even though he was an NCO) if an officer from say the JAG or the medical tried to order him around or yell at him he'd laugh and walk away.
(then again he has told me stories about his fair share of disciplinary so this may be him and not the majority view)
This is dangerous water. If you are looked down upon, then that officer probably looks down on everyone below him in rank, not just JAG's. If you are a Capt. or 1LT in the JAGC and are good at what you do, you will be respected. The fact is, those commanders know that they need their JAG's, a lot. Show your respect do them, do your job, and they will respect you.
As for NCO's, especially higher ranked ones, you need to treat them with respect as well. They must understand that technically you are their superior in rank, but that doesn't mean treat them that way. Listen to them. They often have a lot of experience, and valuable knowledge that young JAGs can learn from.
As for your relative laughing in their face and walking away . . . orders are orders. Doesn't matter if you are a CSM, CPO, E8 or higher, if a commissioned officer gives you an order and you laugh in their face and ignore it, you're going to get disciplined. One needs to be wise enough and perceptive enough to know when to ask a favor, seek advice, or give an order.
Everyone I work with here treats the O-6 and the General with respect, and in turn, they do the same, from the O-5's down to the 1LT JAG's and enlisted privates, NCO's etc. My office, as an intern is across the hall from the General(who was just nominated to be The Judge Advocate General, a 3-Star) and he regularly stops in my office, asks me how I'm doing, what I think about certain things, etc. Not that he would ever do anything I say, haha, but that mutual respect is there.