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15 September 2008 @ 06:15 am
My husband is in a NON-DEPLOYING unit as an AIT instructor. Please explain to me why the unit has decided to have "mandatory" FRG meetings at 5:30 for crazy things like Halloween parties. When I say "mandatory" you know what I mean; the soldier or spouse must attend, but if the spouse attends there are incentives like not working on Saturday.
Am I a bitch for standing up and saying that 5:30 sucks as a meeting time? I work full-time in the IT department for a bank. My son's childcare is across town. I have to leave work early, battle traffic to the other side of town, grab a Happy Meal for the kiddo and then fight my way to the BFE side of Fort Sill to make it on time. It is inconvenient and takes up time that I would much rather be doing... well... anything.
I swear, this is all because the new Sergeant Major's wife has no friends. She even said as much at the meeting! UGHHHHHHHHH. My husband leaves home at 4 AM and is lucky to get home by 6 PM. He works a majority of weekends and does a week-long field problem once a month. I work 40+ hours a week. I want to spend free time with my family, not with a bunch of bored wives planning social functions.
I could understand this a bit more if our husbands deployed, but HELLO- they are TRADOC. WE = SUPER-SHAM. Why can't some of these women get a life that isn't tied up in their husband's identity?????
I'm feeling:: crankycranky
Katzieskatzies on September 15th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
I'm all for offering an FRG for interested people. Could be a fun way to meet and hang out and stuff if it's a nice group of people. To make it mandatory though? That's never cool, TRADOC or not.

Edited at 2008-09-15 05:51 pm (UTC)
Christieluvtbs on September 18th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
I am so there. We have one of those in a few weeks. We already live 45 minutes from post and I work in another time zone. I do not have time for this crap.

The last mandatory meeting was so they could share information on how spouses can go to school. Um, I already have a Master's degree and I doubt the Army is going to pay for my Specialist so that was a stupid waste of time for hubby to hang around for. Because guess what, I refused to go.