Enjoy Your Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, I am not feeling very happy about it.  In fact, I’m a little pissed off.
Members of the US Military are held to a very high standard… Higher than American Society, and higher than the US President.  If you want to join the US Military you can not be a Drug User.  In fact, if you admit to have ever used drugs – you are not allowed in.  That’s just the standard that is set for them.  And it’s a good standard.  The US Military should be held to the highest standards, because they are the best Military Force ever fielded on the planet.  Expectations of them should be high.  That’s what sets them apart.
Yet if you are a Pot Smoker, and you brag about it, and made it a part of you very character… You can become the President of the United States!    The Commander and Chief isnt held to the same standard as a buck private.  Yet this dope fiend is going to order the buck private to go to some godforsaken shithole for reasons I still can not fathom to help people who hate everything we stand for… so this private can risk getting his privates blown off.   The fact that the POTUS smoked a ton of weed – actually explains a lot.
And then we have Major Media Reporters say that those soldiers who fall  – he in uncomfortable calling them heroes.    Other sources in the Media – as well as our own Government view Veterans as potential Terrorists.

On one hand, American Society expects our Soldiers to be bastions of Honor and Integrity… while they are over there.  American Society expects them to be Educated, Compassionate and to accomplish jobs that are historically impossible… that is the expectation.  To be Super-Human in Character and Accomplishments.  Yet when they come home – they are not to be called Heroes and they are looked upon with Suspicion.
I know one particular Serviceman who is a Prime Example of this.  He is very smart, he is a published Author and has helped other authors with their very popular books.  He is Educated, He is Trained and Experienced.  He’s a great guy, loyal and dedicated and would be a Great Asset to any company that would hire him.  This is the type of guy that you would think any company would be searching for.  American Society should be trying to recruit guys like this – because these are the guys that get things done.  Unfortunately he’s got a Military Background.   That means he’s to be avoided by American Society.  He’s unwanted.  Don’t think for a second that this isn’t true.  This was my own experience, and the experience of my own brother as well.
I watched one of the Managers for CONVERGYS discard the Resume for a former US Marine.  This Marine had all the certs that were required and more so, and years of experience, more than were required.  But the Resume was discarded because the Manager Chick “Didn’t want to hire a Psycho.”  That’s the Mentality of American Society today.  They as a whole do not understand what it is to have served.  The sacrificed that are made.  The struggle to meet the expectations and standards of Military Service…. and they don’t understand the insulting lack of respect that is shoveled on them when they get out.  No one is asking for anything, just for some Dignity.   But that seems to be too much to ask for.

And I am supposed to Celebrate Memorial Day?   I Mourn it.  The meaning is completely lost on the ignorant masses of American Society who only look at this day as a day off of work and to enjoy a Sale at their favorite Retail Outlets.  I mourn this day.  Because children are growing up not knowing what this day is about and are taught to shun those that this day is for.  Some understand… some people get it.  And they honor the day.  But as a whole, American Society has forgotten… and worse yet, they don’t care.

If anyone out there has a Job for a good and honorable man – one of the best I know – Let me know.  He’s been looking for work for months and has only had one interview.   This is the guy you want on your team.  Contact me if you have a job that needs to be filled.


16 thoughts on “Enjoy Your Memorial Day”

  1. If this individual is willing to relocate to the south VA area and is a qualified medic I know of a PD who will hire on the spot.

      1. So what are some of their qualifications and are they willing to relocate? I have a few sources but I will need some info to work with. If I find a lead then I’ll send the details via email.

  2. What goes around comes around. HR toads have been having it easy the last few years. I can remember when the labor market was so tight they had recruiters hitting the prisons.
    Some industries have already complained that they can’t find qualified and skilled people.
    The HR toads may find themselves standing in front of desks being told their services are no longer needed in the near future.

  3. I have worked in the field of bringing people in the military before. Limited experimental drug use more then three years before they join is not a bar to joining. It can go a bit further than that such as an Minor In Possession of Marijuana or more recent use with a waiver. They have tightened up on waivers lately though that was because more people were trying to join (because of the economy)than we had slots for them to fill. So the denial of waivers was not an attempt to hold people to a higher standard so much as a discriminator to keep the numbers manageable.

    Other than that I agree with you.

    1. I agree with you there. I know many people with minor usage histories (including criminal histories) that have had no trouble getting in. As long as it wasn’t too recent or very severe there doesn’t seem to be a problem. Ironically BHO might qualify under those terms.

  4. I’ve hit up everyone I know and am still searching for this individual. I’d love to have him on my team and from what I’ve seen on his resume, he is very capable.

  5. Even Dr.Phil had an episode about how all service members have PTSD and are ticking time bombs that could blow up and kill their family’s any second. Now that we are coming home, public opinion is turning against us. We were heroes when they didn’t have to interact with us on a daily basis, now we are pariahs.

  6. When I went out to do early voting in the Texas primary, I met a vet who was running for state rep for my district. He got my vote. There are a number of vets who are getting into ground level politics. They seem to be popular candidates in Texas at least with the Tea Party types and conservatives. Also the weiners in the media who disparage the military are getting blow back. MSM is dying anyway. So those HR turkeys may also be running into local laws that are hard on people who discriminate when hiring vets.

  7. Thanks for bringing this up! It’s literally easier for convicted violent felons to get hired some places than OIF/OEF vets. I’m not talking about out in the PAC northwest or in some NE commie bastion. This is in the south, and in red states from the midwest to the rockies. that’s been my life for the past 8 months.

  8. I’ve had ambivalent to positive reactions to my military service at the few interviews I’ve gotten, but they already knew about it from my resume. The biggest issue right now, of course, is the glut of applicants. HR’s first task recently has been to find ways to eliminate as many as possible to consider only those that are near-perfect fits with their preconception of what they’re looking for. Several times, I’ve seen jobs I didn’t get re-advertised within a month or two after I was rejected because the “ideal” candidate didn’t work out.

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