+380 – I’ve done 7 years in the N.G. I’m the first in my family to serve in the military. In the last 7 years, I’ve mobilized to wildfires, COVID-19 humanitarian assistance missions, civil disturbances and have gone to many schools while earning two MOS‘s and a bachelor’s degree. This year I’m getting promoted to SGT in a combat arms MOS.
Now, my family (parents & siblings) consistently have belittled my N.G. service, calling it the “fake military,” calling it a “waste of time and money,” and pretty much say that I’m wasting my life serving in the N.G.
Unfortunately, my family doesn’t subscribe to the belief of service before self, or even understands the value in sacrificing for a cause. I’ve missed school (class), graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, parties, trips, lost jobs/career opportunities and money, and have had relationships and friendships ruined by my N.G. service.
I understand we are part-time Joes, but still
I’m super bummed that my own fucking family thinks I’m a loser for serving. I flipped out on them today after many years of being belittled and told them they just wouldn’t understand what it means to serve because they are worthless and only think about themselves (I yelled).
What would you respond? I’m a sad soldier.