....the Coast Guard is really cool to join! It's not like being in the military. You do some law enforcement and fight off pirates. Yep, that's about it!
Can you believe these words actually came from the mouth of a military liaison in a Congressman's office?
Yes, my jaw hit the floor. I was in disbelief and disgusted. I am even more upset that I didn't refute the statement. I felt lost for words. How do you even address such ignorance? The regular civilian with no military ties, I might look the other way, but a political individual?
So, this guy, continues to tell me, Yeah, that's what I tell the kids who want to join the service, but don't really want to be in the service. The Coast Guard is a safe bet. Or words to that effect.
Let me say this diatribe of idiocy was prefaced by me stating to him my husband was in the Coast Guard and I volunteered for a support group. He asked me why such an organization would exist. To him, I explained because many organizations and entities don't support the Coast Guard the way the other branches are supported. I continued They don't really view us as military, which is....and then he interrupted me with Well, it's not really the military.
I know, I know, I should have ripped him a new one. I didn't. I failed my Coast Guard family in putting this guy in his place. Or did I? Was it even worth it?
I'm thinking of having a letter written from the organization I volunteer for to give him a little background and up to date information on what the role and mission of the USCG actually is. I think he missed that somewhere along the way. I suppose I could direct him to: http://www.uscg.mil/top/missions/ or simply have him talk to some of the folks doing their jobs defending our coasts each and everyday or the ones over in PATFORSWA or some other region around the globe.