So I’m surfing Facebook, and I come across this particular blog post shared by my friend Jaime, fellow gun chick, Army officer, and all around coolest female. She directs me to this blog post – written by the wife of an active duty Soldier.
Now, normally I have nothing but respect for military spouses.
They’re the ones waiting at home, scared to death that their significant other may not make it home from yet another deployment.
They’re the ones running the house, paying the bills, taking care of the kids, making repairs, and keeping it together while many times holding out a full-time job or two.
They’re the ones who send the care packages, organize get-togethers for other spouses and keep the home fires burning.
They’re proud of what their spouse has chosen to do, and they are heroes for the support and love they offer the service member.
This one? Not so much.
Apparently, it upsets the little spoiled Princess that the wives of National Guard members in Vermont have the unmitigated gall to call themselves Army wives. Apparently, they just don’t measure up, you see!
The Vermont National Guard is just that, they are State Militia. The Hubs is a federal soldier. The National Guard spouses around here like to refer to themselves as ‘Army Wives’. They aren’t. I respect their significant others for the things that they do, but they are not, by any stretch of the imagination, soldiers. That being said, the Hubs is not a Marine, he is not a Sailor, he is not an Airman. He is a Soldier. A dog is not a cat, it’ll never meow.
When you try to explain this to a Guard spouse, they get defensive, and often times throw a huge fit.
My husband is a soldier, he got deployed, just like yours!
I agree, your husband got deployed just like mine, but when he came home, he got to go back to a normal civilian life. When my husband got home, he still had to put on his ACUs and go to work, as a soldier.
I agree, your husband got deployed, just like mine, but when he came home, he knew he wouldn’t get deployed again for at least another four years, in which time he probably wouldn’t have re-upped his contract. When my husband got home, he knew he could turn around and get deployed again. Period.
My husband is a soldier, he has to go to drill!
Yup. One weekend a month, two weeks a year.
Now, having spent four years as an active duty Soldier, and four years in the Virginia Army National Guard, I must take issue with Precious Cupcake and her petty arrogance.
Just who the bleeding, snorkeling fuck does she think she is?
We all wear the same Army uniform. The patches might vary, but we all still serve. We go to the same Basic Combat Training course and the same Advanced Individual Training. True, some of us go back to regular lives and jobs after training, but to denigrate that as something less than a Soldier?
Oh, I don’t fucking think so!
On active duty I worked a regular job – in uniform, but still. I worked my 8.5 hours, I got four-day holiday weekends, I went home at the end of the day, put on civvies and lived my life. Yes, I am proud of my service. I was a Soldier then, and I remained a Soldier when I entered the Guard.
I deployed more with the Guard than I did with active Army. There was no four-year break. I had nine months between being sent to New Orleans post-Katrina (with two days’ notice, by the way) and my year-long deployment with KFOR-8. And if you somehow think the New Orleans deployment was a picnic, you try dealing with a panicked, upset populace, securing evacuation sites that contain sex offenders, gang-bangers, the mentally ill, and small children, who not only lost homes, but their parents. And try sleeping in your Humvee in 105 degree heat, mold from the hurricane, bloated corpses in the streets, fetid carcasses of dead animals and remnants of broken lives.
But I digress…
Four year break between deployments, my aching ass!
One weekend a month? Really? Sometimes it’s a four-day weekend. Sometimes it’s a three-day weekend. Guardsmen miss work, and lose money when they do, because they don’t get active duty pay even for extended drills, no housing allowance, no cost of living allowance, nothing.
Guardsmen do more with less every day. We learn to do with what we have. Many times our equipment is substandard, and we bring our own just so we can complete our mission. Yeah, I’ve done that – without complaint or reservation. Mission comes first. Always.
Oh, and by the way, when “Hubs” comes back from deployment, he has a steady, secure job. Many Guardsmen (despite existing regulations to ensure they always come home to employment) lose their positions. No regulation specifies they have to return to the SAME job.
And by the way, some of the most competent, experienced, combat-tested Soldiers I have met have been National Guard. In 2008, President Bush awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to its 121st National Guard recipient. But I guess those men weren’t Soldiers either.
That “State Militia” fought and won the Revolutionary War. But I guess they weren’t Soldiers.
That “State Militia” stormed the beaches of Normandy – Why don’t you look up the 29th Infantry Division’s history sometime, Cupcake, before you spew your ignorance?
Why don’t you look up how many National Guard members died in Vietnam. How many lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan? How many came home maimed? And you have the unmitigated gall to impugn them while posting photos of your pregnant ass wearing the uniform you couldn’t possibly hope to merit and defiling it with pretty pink bows, you pustulent twunt?
These men and women leave jobs, families, homes and, in some cases, healthy salaries to serve their nation. They aren’t Soldiers?
And by the way, you blibbering jabbertwat – Soldier is capitalized for a reason. One that you probably couldn’t hope to comprehend.
And as far as “Hubs” is concerned, I’ll quote The Sniper here. “…if her husband didn’t get any PTSD while deployed it means he went to Kuwait and did his tours from the PX or he was a fuggin REMF.”
This pathetic dependapotamus isn’t fit to wipe the asses of the courageous men and women of the National Guard. While the pregnasaurus sits around and disparages their service, they bleed and die in Afghanistan. While she disrespects the uniform by wearing it as a cutesy maternity prop, they wear it as a badge of honor and commitment to their state and their country. While she whines about how Guardsmen shouldn’t pose as real Soldiers, and “Hubs” plays used car salesman to potential recruits, thousands of National Guard members are defending her freedom to be an oozing wart.
Her pathetic little rant is a spit in the face of every man and woman who sacrificed everything to serve.
And the comments by “Hubs” defending her disrespect of the uniform and her right to spew ignorance show him to be no better than she is.
So on behalf of every National Guard Soldier who has made that sacrifice, here’s a hearty FUCK YOU to both of them.
A BIT OF UPDATINESS: She’s removed every single comment (all of them happened to be negative) from her site. After spewing about her right to denigrate others on her blog, she apparently doesn’t feel her words should have consequences. She’s a pathetic little coward too.
AND YET MORE UPDATINESS:
So someone (not me) contacted the Vermont recruiting command where “Hubs” works, and apparently corrective action has been taken. From the recruiting command’s Facebook page:
In response to your concern, I would truly like to say this is not the command climate that we pursue nor agree with. We respect and honor all military personnel with whom we serve that has stood and swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. We are all brothers and sisters in arms. We believe that all are equal and all share the burden of defending the freedoms of the citizens of this country. The families of the defenders of freedom serve and sacrifice their lives in some ways more than those of us who wear the uniform.
In response to this blog and this Soldier. You are correct about wives not being under the prevue of the command. I assure you that the Soldier in question is. There has been a face to face counseling session with this Soldier as to the responsibilities of the freedoms and rights that our Constitution has so given to this Nation.
We apologize for the actions that one person has brought it up on himself, and we want to ensure you that this is NOT the actions or the climate of this command.