Historically, the military has relied on clearly defined boundaries of acceptable interaction between the officer and enlisted ranks to maintain good order and discipline.
It is a long-standing custom that dates back hundreds of years and has proven itself effective time after time. But not everyone feels it’s a custom worth holding on to.
“I think there should not be a difference between officer and enlisted ranks,” said former Air Force officer Shannon Corbeil. “I believe we should all reach rank based on experience and accomplishment.”
On the other hand, Chase Millsap — another former officer — believes the military should maintain its course because officers bring leadership experience accomplished through higher learning and training.
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However, Blake Stilwell and Tim Kirkpatrick — two former enlistees — argue that the stupid partying and immatureness is what officers experienced during college.
In this episode of the Mandatory Fun podcast, two former officers and enlistees confess the best and worst about dealing with each other while in active service.
Blake Stilwell: Air Force veteran and managing editor
- Twitter: @blakestilwell
Tim Kirkpatrick: Navy veteran and Editorial Coordinator
- Twitter: @tkirk35
Orvelin Valle (AKA O.V.): Navy veteran and Podcast Producer
- Twitter/Instagram: @orvelinvalle
Chase Millsap: Army and Marine Corps infantry veteran turned Director of Impact Strategy at We Are The Mighty
- Twitter/Instagram: @cmillsap05
Shannon Corbeil: Former Air Force intelligence officer and We Are The Mighty editor
- Twitter: @ShannonCorbeil
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