As I said in my first post about top ten reasons I love the Army, I am not all sunshine and rainbows about Army life. There are definitely a few things I wish were different about Army life. So without further adieu, let’s dive in to the ten things I hate about the Army.
10. Speed limits on post.
I get that you should drive slower around housing developments or during PT times in the early AM. But 20 mph on a road where there’s not a building in sight? That’s just there so they have an excuse to write tickets.
9. Weird gate guards.
I will never forget the time I drove through the gates on post late one night only to have the guard ask “Do you believe in ghosts?” Um, WHAT?!
8. Hours for services on post.
Some places are only open in the AM. Others have two hour blocks for lunch, which is of course the time that most people can visit the office. And it never fails that I would get to the door 2 minutes after they closed (at 15:00!!) after I busted my butt to get there on time and risked a ticket from one of the MPs (see #10).
7. Middle of the night phone calls.
Most of these resulted in him getting called in without knowing if it was for real (as in he was leaving for deployment) or just a drill. Then finding out most of the time, it was because one person screwed up so they called everyone in. Nothing like mass punishment for the error of one.
6. The one-up syndrome.
I swear it’s taught in orientation to always try to make your story sound worse than the person you are currently talking to. If they complain about deployment, make sure you point out that you went through one that was harder/longer/with less communication/enter your own reason.
5. Spouses have no rank.
Let me state upfront that I do agree with that statement. However, the Army preached that spouses don’t have rank but then instituted things like separate clubs for officer wives and enlisted wives or only allowed wives of soldiers of a certain rank to serve in a leadership position in the FRG. Way to go with do as I say, not as I do!
4. The LES.
It drove me insane that the detailed LES was available at the end of the month. Get a weird paycheck on the 15th? You’ll have no clue why until the next LES comes out.
3. Some of the civilians they have working on post.
Notice I did say SOME. Two stories for you. First, I went to enroll my son in DEERS after he was born. They asked me for his birthday and I told them (he was about four weeks old at the time). They then asked me for his weight to which I replied “nine six” (as in nine pounds, six ounces). She looks at me and says “96 pounds?” with a completely serious look on her face. Yes, moron, I gave birth to a 96 lb baby! Mind you, my husband is sitting behind me holding our son in plain view.
Next, I had to get a new decal for my car. She asked for my driver’s license. In my picture, I was blonde and my driver’s license stated that I had blonde hair. When I went to get my decal, my hair was a lighter brown. The incredibly intelligent person behind the counter (note the sarcasm) asked me if I knew it was a crime to lie about my hair color on my driver’s license. I must have given her quite the look so she explained to me that I should not have blonde on my driver’s license when I clearly am not. Look at the picture, brilliant, look at the picture! I suppose when I colored my hair, I should have headed straight to the DMV to have my license updated. Can you imagine if that was required?
2. Hurry up and wait.
This should be the official Army slogan. They expect you to do it all lightning fast but when it comes to them? You wait and wait and wait some more. It took my husband a year to get his enlistment bonus as they consistently lost the paperwork. And his bonus for attending RIP just after AIT and airborne? We got that one just before he got out of the Army for good.
This is at the top of everyone’s list, is it not? Those damn things had me on a countdown of some sort the entire time he served. I was counting down until he was home or I was counting down until he was leaving again. The worry and the frustration over having absolutely no control was enough to drive anyone batty.
So there’s my list. I had to balance out the loves right? Regardless of all of the frustrating things about the Army, we still miss it every day and he would definitely serve again if given the chance (he’s been medically retired). It was a great experience for us and the positives definitely outweigh the negatives of living the life.