Since the agreement between a soldier and the army (u.s. government)is a legal binding agreement, and the requirements are outlined clearly for satisfactory service according to the governments terms, it is justified to claim ripoff status against the government if they should breach this contract.
although the government is not a business, they promise certain guarantee's and should be held obligated, the same as the soldier is held for their service obligations.
i just wanted to get that out of the way before someone say's "the government is not a business". anytime a document is used to legally bind an agreement, you can be sure its business.
what i am about to claim as a ripoff will enrage those die-hard u.s. army supporters (especially those who got their 20 years)but this is from my own experience and some accounts are from event i saw others go through.
it is my intentions that the reader will be wiser to the animal like treatment a soldier will endure at the hands of overzealous sergeants and officers.
i am a fifteen year vet with ten years being active duty and have seen alot of unfair situations, but nothing compared to the five years i spent in germany.
i am a gulf war vet that hopes any young reader thinking about joining the army will not do so. let me cover negative things i experienced and i will try to list them chronologically from enlistment.
dont believe the commercial. its the biggest false advertising scam around and has been for years. strolling in far away lands and having fun with your friends will probably not happen. you will clean many toilets and collect hours using a floor buffer.
the enlistment contract you sign can be changed at any time without your consent. you however, shall obey every letter.
training will probably be the best experience you will have. since training posts are watched closely by the media, commanders and NCO'S (sergeants) will play by the rules (this is because the army hates bad publicity and they always want to portray that they are politically correct). after that, treatment of soldier (E4 specialist - private E1) is at their discretion. training will also be the only time that getting needed supplies are not a problem or having paperwork processed properly may actually work.
punishments for infractions fall under the uniform code of military justice. under this system, soldiers are not covered by the constitution/ bill of rights as other citizens. it's set up this way so even if you are falsley accused of an offense, the army will never lose. your pay can be summarily taken by as much as half and there is no true appeal. appeals are reveiwed by your battalion commander. good luck with that. expect to be treated and regarded "guilty till proven innocent".
remember, you are now regarded as property. even the sexual activity between you and your spouse is mandated by an army regulation. (oral/ anal sex is prohibited by ucmj and is punishable if the command finds out and wants to persue it). nothing is private anymore for a soldier. you will even need your company commander's permission to marry.
to simply say that all this is "implied" in the enlistment contract is absurd. if its not in the contract, it should not be enforceable.
DIFFERENCE BTEWEEN UNITS
life in a combat arms unit (fighting force) is different and although it has it's moments, life was tolerable. i never knew that the signal corp. (support force) was so corrupt. officers/ NCO's are aware of the luxury of being 3,500 miles from any agency or authority that could stop it. these are the things that made my enlistment a ripoff in germany:
SERVICE IN GERMANY
segeants having relationships with lower ranking females in return for favors. this meant i had to carry her work load while he gets laid. this is against army regulations. the female should also be punished for her involvement and her attempt to bribe the NCO.
denied food during field operations for three days. the kithen was not set up and i was told to "suck it up and drive on" or "i should have brought food". the rations (mre, meal ready to eat) would not arrive until a week into the training because the unit was not concerned with such things. food was more of an individual responsibility.
being falsely accused/ punished for an offense i did not commit.
drug tested every almost saturday/ sunday (as the whole unit was) because the unit wants a (most drug tests given) award. say bye bye to free time.
never receiving correct pay. pay problems occur often. if you dont use your free time to fix it, you would never get paid. you will find hundreds of dollars missing from your pay on a nearly monthly basis.
being denied medical attention or substandard care. i now have a permenant injury from not being allowed to see a doctor until surgery was required. i would like to give a big middle finger to the Veterans Affairs for screwing me while giving 100% disability to fake knee injuries and asthma complainer's. thanks for nothing.
"involuntary extensions" and "needs of the army". these two terms are used to rewrite your contract. this makes an enlistment null and void.
unfair standards. females are given easier physical training standards but receive the same pay. workloads are also affected.
denial of due process. request to see a superior should never be denied but occures often. every effort is made to cover up the acts of NCO,s and officers in germany.
mental and physical abuse buy NCO's. these people can do anything to you, anytime they wish and there's not a d**n thing you can do about it. the law of regulations does not apply to them. if you attempt to defend yourself in any way, you will be severely punished.
masons control promotions and other favorable actions. if you are not in this club, your screwed.
rules, priviledges, duties are applied differently between white and other soldiers. if you are a white male, expect to get treated like an animal.
while smoking is almost totally forbidden on base, drinking is encouraged to the point of alcoholism. this is almost a requirement to avoid being chosen for unexpected weekend duties. i didn't know i would have to get "tanked" in order to be left alone.
working 18+ hours for no reason and then given two hours of sleep. even enemy POW"s are allowed eight hours of sleep.
if you did not experience events like this then it would not effect you but americas sons and daughters should not be abused by scumbags in germany. the problem is that they are not held accountable for their actions. there are alot of other situations that would make enlisting in the army a bad choice but it would be impossible to list them all. if you had a bad experience with the army, please tell your story. maybe it will prevent a young person from being taken advantage of or killed so some a*****e superior can receive an award for their acts.