What happened to brotherhood?
Looking back at almost 15 years of service, 5 combat deployments and multiple training events and a small stent as a TACP (Tactical Air Control Party) Instructor, I continue to ask myself “What happened to Brotherhood”? Seriously, what happened to it? These new aged NCO’s think it’s a great idea to see if your Airman, Soldier, Marine or Seaman is being over STRESSED! Really?! I think that they are just coddling them and not teaching them shit about operating as a team member in the military or what the ability to deal with stress under certain conditions can do for them and the team in both combat and garrison. It has truly weakened a brotherhood that is built on teamwork and implanted in their minds that individuality is a good characteristic; the ability to deal with stress and how to react when that stressor is applied is one of the most important functions in combat for your TEAM. In my opinion they have successfully destroyed the brotherhood mentality and what it means to stand for something!
When I first joined the Air Force my very first Supervisor was SSgt Lopez (still a very good friend of mine today, and now an Intel sissy) but, I first thought this dude was a complete DICK in all aspects! But, he had taught me more than just how to be a TACP or JTAC, he taught me the importance of brotherhood, and the importance of teamwork. His methods were a bit unorthodox to say the least but they worked, and made our team even stronger. These days some of the snowflakes that have joined the military would have reported him for hazing, but to me, I gladly excepted the challenge whether I was pushing a HUMVEE for .25, .50 miles while studying for a test (with my team members inside it asking me questions) or sent on a navigation to look for something that was never there, because I wasn’t going to back down from any challenge he presented and make my team pay for it.
Brotherhood is built off camaraderie, not individuality. To this day I will gratefully stand by certain individuals as I know they would stand with me, and these are the ones that I call brother, and to this day I would gladly sacrifice for them in all aspects! This is the type of mentality that needs to be ingrained into the minds of our new age operator’s, Airman, Soldiers, Marines and Seaman, because this is what builds character and brings a team together and protects the greater good.
So, what has led to the deprivation of brotherhood? In my opinion it is the bullshit since of entitlement that these wannabe’s have been raised with! They feel that they are owed for their service opposed to having pride in their service, and added to that is the way that they are coddled by their superiors opposed to being put in their place when they fuck up! I would have never in my life thought that the military regarding any branch needed a safe space… but with these self-entitled snowflakes coming in, we are just about to that point! Agree or disagree with me, these are solely my thoughts on what has happened to brotherhood and how it has affected me in my career and all future endeavors as it has helped define me!