hhbooker2 wrote: Someone over 40 should never have to be a 2nd Lieutenant, maybe a 1st Lieutenant or a Captain at the least, especially if they have prior military service!
When I was in AFJROTC my ASI (SNCO Instructor) a retired MSgt who had been a Master Military training instructor decided to join the CAP Squadron by his town to help out the cadet program there. At first they tried to make him a 2d Lt but he turned it down in order to wear his NCO chevrons. Because of theis he was not treated with respect by some members because he wasn't an officer. He left the program after about a year because he was disgusted with how it was run. Many of the people who were disrespectful were CAP 2d Lts and 1st Lts who had never served a day in the service.
SMITTY: When I was in the California State Military Reserve, CA SMR is a State Defense Force or a State Guard, not to be confused with "militia" groups, we who served as enlisted were often talked down to by those same second and first lieutenants. Only 10% of the CA SMR had enlisted and the rest were officers, mostly commissioned, not many warrants. We enlisted were all prior service while most of the lieutenants were never in the national guard, reserves, or regular armed forces, not unlike those characters who showed disrespect to the for USAF NCO, Smitty! Even the new lieutenants in the regular military do not behave that badly as they are under the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) and there are plenty of captains and majors to put them in their proper place. The new second lieutenant is dependent upon the senior NCO for advice. I now serve with the American Volunteer Reserve (http://www.continuetoserve.org
) and this time as a warrant officer, but the difference is our lieutenants are professional medical personnel from Russia and The Philippines who respect others regardless of rank. AVR performs final honours for deceased veterans and their survivors and we receive no pay and buy our own uniforms and do what the Department of Defense asks us to do. Our oldest members fought in the Battle of Berlin in 1945. C.A.P. needs to tighten the grip on discipline on senior members, not just cadets, for sure, Smitty! Sarge Booker :) :) :)