Daily Archives: June 22, 2014

Bergdahl Being Promoted to Sergeant…


Date: June 22, 2014

…Bergdahl: What They Aren’t Telling You! [Stefan Molyneux]…

If I may…I’d like to share something from my past with you…

When I went into the military, I got injured during AIT [advanced individual training, following boot camp], and was sidelined for about three months. I was able to complete nearly all of my AIT however, because it was mostly books and classes by that point in time. I was not able to have enough of what was left waved, in order to get my diploma…So, I was stuck on the military base where I went to basic training and AIT, for over half a year.

I was at the very bottom, as a PV1 private, when I got in…and if you know anything about rank and promotion in the army…then you know, a PV1 is commonly promoted to a PV2 private, roughly six months into their military “career” [or stint, as it may be].

The company I was being kept as a “hold over” at, knew I was up for promotion…but for some reason, they just didn’t…I was alone in this, and they figured it would only be a matter of a few months delay…and then, my stationed company would promote me when I got back to them.

…It was unfortunate for me, that they did not promote me while I was there…because when I finally got back home, there was no will to give me my due promotion…

…In fact, I was not alone in this…Incredibly, I was one amongst a sizable group of underlings, who were overdue to be automatically promoted…Yet, nobody could get the higher ups off their butts to do the paperwork, or hold the promotion ceremonies…and a lot of us knew this.

This did not just drag on for a few months…My first year plus back was marred with this thing going on…There was talk about getting us promoted, but no action…And a lot of us low ranked members got a bit disgruntled over this. I did not let it change my attitude or efforts…but I did understand that I was being screwed, for no apparent reason…as were many of us.

Low and behold…the Iraq war of 1991 happened…

…Possibly the saddest thing about my ascension in military rank…is that it mostly all happened on the back of the war with Iraq. Once we were being mobilized and going active, our leaders could no longer behave like they had been doing…They had to observe standards…Plus, they realized that we were being torn out of our lives, possibly sent off to die…and many of us had families and expenses to contend with in the U.S…hence, we would need all the income we could get.

…I, along with a lot of others, got promoted to PV2 private, days before my unit left to prepare for the war…a full year or more late. There was no practical reason, as to why I was denied promotion all that time.

My second promotion happened in the actual theater of war…It was fairly quick…I guess with nothing else to do on their hands, they figured they’d keep themselves busy [or feeling better about themselves], by getting the paperwork done and giving out promotions when we became eligible.

Just for reference…PV2 to PFC [private first class], is commonly about another six months of service…So, you more less spend about a year as a lower private…then about a year, as a private first class…After which, the normal process is another automatic promotion to specialist [or corporal]…

Beyond that point, it was all about being chosen [or groomed by someone with influence], to fill positions as they became vacant…For example…A sergeant would commonly be a team leader…A staff sergeant would be a squad leader…and a sergeant first class, would be a platoon leader…

I was nobodies prize…I was not a star soldier…And I never much had the good fortune, of being placed under someone who seriously looked out for [and took care of] their men…

There were some good guys like that in the company…one of them [from another platoon] even told me directly, that if I’d been one of his men…what happened to me, would not have happened [because he understood what went down, and thought it was a load of crap]…But this was actually, substantially later, after the war was over…

I came back as a private first class…and there I stagnated…again.

Most of my peers had been promoted to specialist…and I didn’t really know, where exactly they were in their timeline, as opposed to me…So, I didn’t really think to much of it immediately…but as a year or two passed…as I was getting well into my fourth year of service, and inexplicably they still could not seem to get me promoted [despite others bringing it up]…I reached a point, where I knew this was a dead end place for me…and I resolved to fulfill my contract…then I was done with it.

I was decidedly unhappy with this situation…and it only became worse, after I missed a drill date [a Christmas “party”, at that]…because the clerk of this company gave me the wrong date, when I called in to verify the date of the drill…

Oh…good, freaking grief!…”Bring the AWOL before the inquisitor!”…

I have to give my squad leader some props, because he was a really good person…and he was really the one there who spoke most on my defense…It was my platoon sergeant who was the, ummmm….Well, let’s just say, nobody in our platoon was happy about it, when he got sent to us…He was generally mild mannered and kind on his face…but he would throw you to the wolves, without much hesitation…He just would not cover for you, like a decent leader would.

Nothing really happened to me, except that I think this got used as an [totally B.S.] excuse, to push my eligibility for promotion far down the road.

…I actually had people who had less time in, outranking me…people who had come in, after our unit returned from the war…

What is so outrageous about this…is that I served with honor and dignity…with integrity…as a war vet…and I did nothing to bring this onto myself…I was considered a good guy, by those who knew me…and this is how the hierarchy of that unit treated me…They just did not care…I was nobody to them.

I was only a specialist, for about the last year and a half of a six year stint…

…If you understand anything about rank in the military…then you know, six years is long enough to attain the rank of sergeant…Not to say that everybody does…but the point is…I not only served honorably and in a war…I also put in the actual time, that could have gotten me to the rank of sergeant.

Given the broken system of that unit…of course, I was never going to get that far.

…But again…I put in the time and service…I was their faithfully…

Knowing this about my past…you can start to understand why I take a very stern stance, where it comes to the promotion of Bowe Bergdhal…

The army knew about this guys past…They knew he was a deserter…He was a private first class, when he deserted his post [and unit] and walked into the hands of the enemy [where he spent five years, pleading for someone to come save him].

The United States has executed people in the past, for doing what Bowe Bergdhal has done…Soldiers have gone to prison, for doing this sort of thing…They’ve been stripped of their rank, and dishonorably discharged…

…But what does the military do in the case of PFC Bowe Bergdhal?…

…They keep promoting him, inexplicably…twice over, until he is an army sergeant…Something he certainly never earned, nor deserved.

Were they sending his paychecks to his family all that time, too?

…I am just floored by this…It truly is a slap in the face…

What kind of incompetent boobs do we have in place, making these kinds of decisions?

Decent, faithful people who actually care…who actually put their lives on the line, and were faithfully there all along, cant even get what they have earned…While this deserter [someone who comes off like an immature whacko] can shirk his duties, can thumb his nose at the U.S. [and the rest of us here], can create a problem which allegedly got several soldiers killed…can set in a cage for five years…and can serve as a propaganda pawn for terrorists…all the while, being handed promotions and pay raises without question…without earning any of it…and despite, that everything we now know about his case, screams that he has unequivocally lost all entitlement to said promotions and pay.

…That really makes me feel ill.

I’m just speechless, that they knew what was going on…and yet, they promoted this guy twice over…

That is warped…The people responsible for this…if they do not reverse these promotions, then they are corrupt…and they have no integrity.