Lesson 14: Do as I say, not as I do

I heard and encountered this one long before I ever even considered enlisting.  I held two different jobs and had already spent a few years in college before I signed a four-year commitment to the Air Force.  I have seen it done by parents (mine and others), managers, supervisors, teachers, professors, doctors, dentists, you name …

Lesson 13: Superior rank does not indicate superior intellect

I have met people with their Doctoral Degree who have been morons.  I have met college dropouts that are among the smartest people I know.  The military is no exception to this.  I have met high ranking officers that I wouldn’t choose to follow across the street, and I have met low ranking enlisted members …

Lesson 12: Respect is earned by enlisted, expected by commissioned

Deciding that you want to join any branch of the armed forces is a big decision.  People do it for a host of different reasons.  Raising your right hand and swearing the oath are only the first step.  Words are valuable, but it is our actions that determine that value.  It doesn’t take any courage …