Venting to my DP family - update to "Letter to my CO"Submitted by bronko on Fri, 01/17/2014 - 14:49
I know none of you personally, and yet I still see you all as my family. I'm having a hard day today and needed a place to vent. What better place than with like-minded individuals?
Enough with the sappy crap
This is an update to my previous post, "Letter to my CO" found here: http://www.dailypaul.com/305389/lettter-to-my-co
To catch everyone up that cares, I have been removed from my battalion, but still awaiting orders back to my old duty station to finish out my current enlistment, rather than commissioning (I did not end up going conscientious objector).
The day I handed in the letter to my CO, I spoke with my fellow Marines (only 6 of us - tight knit group of guys) and explained the situation. They were great about it and supported my decision, even though they didn't necessarily agree with it. I also told them it was a personal decision and had no intention of trying to convince them to do the same. Things seemed to be going a lot better than I expected them to go.
I had a bunch of leave saved up so I took all of January off and will be taking most of February off as well until I get my orders.
In short form, that brings us to where I'm at today.
After not seeing my buddies for awhile, I invited them to come to a poker night to hang out before I leave, and I got an email back saying that they were told not to have contact with me. This poker night has been a fairly regular thing for the last 3 years, so I'm surprised they listened. I'm not one to just back down, so I kept pushing the issue and after getting danced around the issue, I just found one of them where they were.
Short story shorter: They pretty much came to an agreement that I would not be a good influence around them and the midshipmen, so I should probably leave now.
And that was that. I walked out the door, probably to never see them again.
Now some of you may be saying "Good, good riddance!" But these have been my closest friends (at work) that I have been with every day for the last 3 1/2 years. It's not easy just walking out the door ending our friendships in that manner.
I've become an official outcast, but no need to have pity on me.
But I am fired up.
Bring it on.