I think one of the most frustrating things about the military for me is that there's no back talk. No protestations that something doesn't make sense, that it's unfair, or that it really ruins your day.
My husband was going to travel with me to SpouseBUZZ Live Hampton Roads this weekend. We have precious few weekends left before he deploys again, and so we obviously want to maximize our time together. But the Army had other plans for us. The husband's battalion commander gave them a surprise inspection yesterday that his company didn't quite pass. So the entire company is on extra duty this weekend as punishment. No ifs, ands, or buts.
There's no explaining to the Army that we had vacation plans this weekend. The Army owns my husband and can make him work any time she wants, no matter how short notice or how seemingly unfair. So the Army punishes the soldiers, but she also ruins all the families' weekends as well.
I sure wish I could go give them some back talk...