So, I’ve hit what you could charitably call “a snag” in my enlistment.
If you were trying for the “understatement of the millennium” award.
The Gunny Sgt of the local recruiting post informed me today that my criminal record is a problem. A “stopped dead” kind of problem. The issue is that, apparently, recruitment is darned good for the military, and as such the work involved in getting the waivers is more trouble than it is worth for those up the chain. Why work on my stuff when there’s that 19 year old over there with a clean history? Sure he’ll only score a 55 on the ASVAB, but they only need him to get a 50, and he’s in. Way less work, same result.
But I’m not giving up. Hell to the no.
What I need is a way to give incentive. Means to show the Marines that I’m a good person to sign up, and that I’m likely to stick around for the long haul. Letters from people with impressive letters by their name.
I need brass, and I need politicians (my God, I think I found a use for politicians!!!).
So, if any of you fine, fine folk happen to have an Admrial, or Captain, or General somewhere in your roladex (any service works, retired is ok), or if you’re in Illinois if you happen to have a way to get a few minutes ear-time with one of my two Senators or Governor, and if you have a high enough opinion of me to go to bat for me (if you have a low opinion of me, I think I’ll pass on your kind offer to help ), then please let me know.
Respond here using a working e-mail as your “check in” e-mail (you know, that thing what Patterico requires you to put in to post), I will be more grateful to you than I could ever express in word or deed.
I would, in fact, have a rough time even expressing my gratitude in my own mind, let alone how I would ever convey such lofty concepts to you fine people.
Thanks folks. Whatever you can suggest, I’m more than open to.
PS – Sorry for bumping the actual informative posts, aphrael. Mea Culpa.