On the other hand there are those who float around different units without really making a commitment to stick around. These are the types I have little patience for.
Take for instance the case of the young officer who was with the battalion three whole months. For his first drill with us he checked in and was issued all his gear. For his second drill I have no idea what he did but apparently it was more than he could bear. On his third drill he checked out of the battalion.
He was standing in the hall waiting to see the battalion commander to complete his check out when I wandered by. I overhead him speaking to the battalion XO. My reaction to the news he was leaving was somewhat visceral.
“Sir, you checking out of the battalion already?”
“Don’t be a #&*$%@ quitter sir!” I boomed.
Our young hero hung his head and proceeded into the CO’s office. He was followed by an elated XO who was pumping his fist in celebration of my timely remark.
Hearts and minds, it’s what I do.