The Professional Army Life
January 10, 2013 § 1 Comment
In the Army, you are never allowed to remain in one job for more than a few years. In my final 6 years of service (as a JAG officer), I held 4 distinctly different primary jobs.
While those jobs were different, there are distinct similarities shared by all Army jobs, whether at a different geographic location or different primary duty at the same geographic location.
Every assignment in the Army can be divided into three equal phases.
Phase 1: The last job you had was the worst. Ever. The people sucked. The work was tedious, and you’re extremely happy to be in this wonderful, new job. This place is great!
Phase 2: Your current job sucks. In fact, it is so terrible that Dante Alighieri didn’t have the guts to write about it. Your last job was great. Everyone knew what they were doing. At your last assignment, everyone was competent, kind, and bowed to your greatness. Now, just hell. Suicide is contemplated.
Phase 3: Your next job, which you now know of, will be the best. Ever. You can’t wait to be gone from the cesspool that is your current job. Everyone around you is inferior because they don’t have the wonderful, upcoming job opportunity that you have. You’ve forgotten about your previous assignment.
This repeats for every military assignment until retirement, separation, or death.