Monday, August 23, 2021

Gasp! An Officer in Our Family

Youngest granddaughter is a High School Junior. She is in the NJROTC and was recently promoted to Ensign.

An honor student from Kindergarten, she has her sights set on the Naval Academy. Short of that, perhaps a full ride ROTC scholarship might come her way. Her interest is all things aeronautical with a focus on engineering.

She is beautiful inside and out. Can you tell I’m a proud grandfather? Here she is with her adopted Grandmother, another person beautiful inside and out.

After four generations of enlisted swine (as a butterbar once called me) we may be stepping up.


Ed Bonderenka said...

An officer.

Rat Bastard said...

Good Luck trying to lead me...


Justin_O_Guy said...

Congratulations, it's nice to see young people achieving goals. Having such goals from so early in life is rare and it must be comforting to see young people stable and working toward something instead of bouncing through the teens and twenties like a silver ball,trying to find their place in the world.

enlisted swine (as a butterbar once called me)

Congratulations again IF you got through that without being courtmartialled.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Ed B
Thank you.

Practice, practice

Her 6th Grader brother has decided he wants to be President.

drjim said...

BZ to the young lady!

Well Seasoned Fool said...


Coffeypot said...

Fair Winds, young lady.

Old NFO said...

Bravo Zulu, young lady! Now listen to the Chief... LOL

drjim said...

Let me amend that slightly, Old NFO.....ALWAYS listen to the Chief!

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Thank you.

She's smart and a military brat so that shouldn't be a problem. The advice is sound.

LSP said...

Congrats! Go for it, kid.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

She is a velvet glove covering an iron fist.

OldAFSarge said...


Well Seasoned Fool said...

She may duplicate your children's path to higher education.

Greybeard said...

Anyone using the term "entitled swine" was NOT a gentleman, and he and his ilk might have been visited by a fragmentation grenade during his tenure in Viet Nam.
(Not any better though is the contempt some enlisted folk had for ANY officer, just because they were "boss".)
Her life is changed forever. I just hope she makes it through the next years unscathed by the stupidity of her superiors.
Tell her we're all proud of her.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

I was in just before Vietnam got serious. I had one CO who was an Academy graduate and an outstanding leader. The officers in our battalion were almost all ROTC grads doing their mandatory 2 years. Quality ran from one we would have shot as soon as the balloon went up to one who was outstanding. The smart ones let the career NCOs run things and worked on their partying skills.

While I was a 122, later 12B MOS, I had an addition 13 weeks of mine warfare and demolition training. Along with Tom O'Connor who went through the same training with me, we spent a lot of time away from the unit doing whatever V Corps wanted done. My unit was a separate company. We were attached directly to a Group Hqs that was attached directly to V Corps Hqs.