This letter arrived this morning. I am running it with the author’s permission:
My name is Major Charles V. Slider III and I am currently stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. I am an African-American armor officer, proud father, and husband and graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. I was selected for the recently convened Officer Separation Boards for the Department of the Army for a mistake over eight years ago. The mistake was a DUI in which I received a General Officer Memorandum for Record in 2006. Since this incident, I strived for excellence in every job that I performed.
Sorry, Major, you were living on borrowed time, and you know it.
Let’s take a look at those Majors selected for separation that didn’t have a GOMOR in their file. How do you think they feel about getting the axe if there are guys with DUIs selected to retain?
It’s not like the Army relishes booting people out, especially career oriented people.
And anyone that didn’t see the bloodbath coming, especially a SAMS grad that presumably knows some of our nation’s history, isn’t looking at the well established trend of slashing troop levels after every war.
Given the size of the Army, there will inevitably be some cases on the margin, where an individual can make a plausible case that they were unfairly selected for separation. But to cherry pick those cases would inevitably cause the generally fair and impartial process in place to be skewed, and in the end result in an even more unjust result.
Finally, service to our nation is a privilege, not a right. Be thankful for the opportunity you had, and take pride in your service.