From a reader:
I repeat: Treat all you train and help with dignity, and respect, or you will not succeed. Lost count of all the corporals and buck sgts. I had to retrain to follow this lesson. While a private, I received utter contempt and pure hatred from my supervisors, officer and non-coms, and I never forgot it. I learned, but only grudgingly, and with equal disregard. The thing that keeps me going now is persistence, and determination, in the face of apathy, laziness, and boredom. People don’t want to get off their ass and train, but you keep making the effort to train them, and you don’t stop because of failure. Had a relative who I’ve been after for 20+yrs to get armed and trained, and she showed up this month with an LTC (Texas), and wanting to get an AR and training. I didn’t train her, someone else did. Long as it happened, I’m more than happy with that. Win some, lose some. Fight like the bastard you are for the wins. It ain’t about us. It’s about the cause.