I didn't say they would buy the good imported brews.HAHAHAHAH!!! Know how to drive an airline capt crazy? Throw 4 pennies under his seat and tell him there are 5. Cheap bastards! (A4's notwithstanding)
I think the passing of the silver dollar means something different to everyone, but to me it meant: "No amount of money I could give you would ever repay you for the traits you've instilled in me and what you've helped me become, but here is a token of appreciation, signifying my thanks for all of your hard work"
Starting at week 5, I saw my DI for 1 hour a day, 2 on a 'good' day. He took leave during week 8 (for good reason). From week 9 on, I only saw him during all-hands grad practice. Oh, and he trashed the Navy at every waking opportunity, which gave us all the impression that he was training us simply because that's what he was ordered to do.Not only do they work more than most in the military, but it is HARD work. We're not talking about a desk job here. To those that have been through OCS, think about it; how often your DI was there. Every morning he was there to wake you up (and when you woke up, you looked like a can of smashed a$$holes, he was pressed and dressed, and had probably been up hours earlier). Every night he brings the pain until lights out. OCS was hell to everyone that went through it, something we'd never want to repeat, but for them, it's their JOB (granted, they don't crawl through the mud with you, but they are there for the whole d*mn thing). They teach you drill for HOURS a day on top of everything, and when your class is gone, he has to do it all over.
From what I understand at OCS, your class DI and Chief Petty Officer give you your first salute at graduation. I was prior enlisted and have several enlisted members who I served on several deployments with that I would like to attend. I was wondering if you are able to include additional members on your first salute, or is it restricted to your DI and Chief. Any experience and knowledge from OCS regarding this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Starting at week 5, I saw my DI for 1 hour a day, 2 on a 'good' day. He took leave during week 8 (for good reason). From week 9 on, I only saw him during all-hands grad practice. Oh, and he trashed the Navy at every waking opportunity, which gave us all the impression that he was training us simply because that's what he was ordered to do.
Lotsa blood, sweat, and tears going into that one.
I can see your point about the values these men instill in us. However, your argument that these men deserve $30 silver "dollars" simply because they work long hours is moot. Everyone in the military ultimately has a job that requires long hours and weekends.