Personal Narrative: My Duty In The Army

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1268 words
1268 words

I enlisted in the Army as a Field Artilleryman in 1995 just after graduating from high school. Since that time, my service in the Army has provided me several positive and negative experiences. One experience that will permanently remain with me happened during my second tour in Iraq in 2007. I was called back on active duty in the Army Reserves after working as a teacher and coaching high basketball for over two years. I came back on active duty as a 1st Lieutenant, the same rank when I left active duty in 2004. I was assigned to 719th Movement Control Battalion (MCB), an Army Reserve unit from Boston, Massachusetts. I reported to the unit as individual augmenttee, therefore I did not know anyone in the unit. Furthermore, the battalion …show more content…

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  • Enlists in the army as a field artilleryman in 1995 after graduating from high school. their service has provided them with positive and negative experiences.
  • Describes how they were accustomed to being the only african-american in meeting or staff sections, but when they entered the s3 area, there was a feeling that they came over them.
  • Recounts how they met the battalion s3 and were told that they were overstaff and didn't have a position for them. they went back to the xo and explained their place of duty to him.
  • Describes how they felt like an outsider within the section, and how the officer leadership made racial jokes in front of staff and soldiers. they informed the battalion command sargent major of the situation, but it did not change the current situation.
  • Describes how the battalion moved them to cedar ii to work in a movement control team (mct) in southern iraq, where they learned the new transportation system and got real-world experiences.
  • Narrates how they experienced prejudice going up in mississippi, and how frank the leadership was with the racial comments.
  • Explains that they did their best as a company commander to eliminate racial tension in the company.
  • Explains how the experience helped them prevent racial tension during their command. they explained to their sons and their father that discrimination is forbidden regardless of race, creed, nationality, or sexual preference.

I was not told what my duty position was in the S3, even when I asked I was not given an answer. As time went along, the situation got worse within the section. Besides feeling like an outsider, I was not informed of the meeting within the section and when I was there for a meeting, I was told to leave. When I volunteered to attend meetings for the section I was told no. If I was tasked to a meeting, I was told about it at the last minute. The officer leadership, which included the Battalion Commander, Battalion XO, and Battalion S3 were so bold that they made racial jokes or conversation right in front of staff and soldiers. It was not only jokes about African American, but Hispanic, Asian, and people from the Middle East. In addition, the leadership made jokes about Jews and Muslim. I had never experienced prejudice at this level in my life. I did inform the Battalion Command Sargent Major (CSM) of the situation, because I did not trust any of the officer leadership. However, talking to the CSM was like talking to a brick wall and it did not change the current situation. On the contrary, my situation in the battalion did change to the point and I was moved from the battalion staff to another location in

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