In today’s post, I want to talk about five ways to get fired fast in the National Guard. I’m sure these tips apply to the Army Reserves and Active Duty as well. As a quick disclaimer, these are things you SHOULD NOT do. If you do any of the things mentioned below, there’s a good chance you will be fired from your duty position, and rightfully so. This applies to Generals, all the way down to the lowest ranking Privates. Please make a note of these and add them to your “not to do list.”
# 1 Messing Up Pay
This is one area the National Guard does not mess around with. Whether you are a Readiness NCO, Company Commander or work in the Finance Office, you don’t want to mess around with the Army’s money. Even if you make an honest mistake you can be in hot water. Do yourself a favor and triple check any document BEFORE you sign it, especially it is pay related.
# 2 Losing Army Property
When you lose Army property, you normally end up paying for it. But in addition to that, you can also get fired from your job for dereliction of duty. If you are signed for property, be proactive. Do your inventories and make sure that everything is sub-hand receipted down to the end user.
# 3 Equal Opportunity Violation or Allegation
In the event you are charged with an EO Violation or Allegation, whether you are innocent or not, you will probably be fired from your job. The higher your rank, the more likely, and the quicker it will happen. My advice is to treat everyone right, regardless of their skin color, race, or religion. Treat everyone with respect and this should never be an issue.
# 4 Sexual Harassment/Assault Allegation
If you are accused of sexual harassment, you will more than likely be fired from your job, before the investigation even starts. Even if you are innocent, you are pretty much screwed. I always tell people not to date people they work with and not to have any kind of office romance. And of course, if you are married, you shouldn’t be flirting or messing around to begin with. Never put yourself in any kind of position where you could get in trouble, or accused of something.
# 5 Expressing Your Political Views
The National Guard is a political beast. As Officers, Soldiers and NCOs we swear to defend the Constitution. At no time at work, in uniform (or on Facebook) should you express your political views. If you don’t like the current people in charge (Governor, Congress, President, etc.) that’s fine. But don’t get caught making public statements about your political views, especially while in uniform. This will backfire and get you in a boat load of trouble. It’s okay to have political views, just keep them to yourself.
In summary, these are five ways to get fired fast in the National Guard. Most of these things should be common sense. The real key to not getting fired is to (1) be good at your job, (2) do the right thing at all times, and (3) treat others the way you want to be treated. Realize that as a Officer, NCO or Soldier you are held to a higher standard than your civilian counterparts. So be a professional at all times.
What are your thoughts? What things have you seen people get fired for in the National Guard? Leave a comment and let me know.