November 13, 2006
I’ve noticed some serious differences in the caliber of Soldiers being trained as of late. With the new even kinder/gentler Army, our new Soldiers no longer seem to “fear” NCOs. I remember when I was a young Private just out of AIT I feared Sergeants and thought Staff Sergeants were king of the world. Lately I’ve noticed that new Soldiers fresh from AIT don’t even stand at parade rest or even properly address NCOs. I also realize that this is a short coming of my fellow NCOs who allow these junior Soldiers to get away with this behavior. I have been all over these new Soldiers, ensuring they are receiving the proper “corrective training”. My question is has anyone else noticed this behavior, or am I just becoming one of those grumpy/asshole NCOs that I used to hate when I was a Private?