Saturday, September 06, 2008

Rank Confusion

And I don't mean a lot of confusion here at Headquarters - that is nothing worth reporting...

I was selected for a Lieutenant Colonel position in my State's National Guard. While this was occurring, my file was sent to the Federal board to select Lieutenant while Uncle Sam is looking over my qualifications, my State will be putting everything together to have the National Guard Bureau get my selection Federally Recognized. Somewhere they will have to get my packet back from the Feds... End result - somebody is going to promote me to Lieutenant Colonel in the next 3 to 5 months. Easy, right?

Come to me, my Precioussssss


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salutations and Yays! Major John. It's cheered me to see you get to post at PW now and again lately too, since I assume your burdens at work may have eased a bit (at least I hope so).

We got a report on FoxNews last evening that the Maliki Gov by means of IA raids is taking out after SOI leaders in Diyala province and in doing so, scaring the bejeebus out of the rank and file SOI up there (my words, not theirs). Are you hearing anything about these goings on?


12:46 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

(hand salute) Sir!

1:17 PM  
Blogger Acad Ronin said...

Having never gotten past (mid) company grade myself, I could still forgive you your being an O-4. This, however, is a bit much. :-)

3:27 PM  
Blogger CSMBones said...

Sucks getting promoted after or at the end of deployment. Good to see, glad you made it before our past Bagram S-4.

9:09 PM  
Blogger LTC John said...

Sdferr - I hear EVERYTHING. Heh.

CSM - and I managed not to get led away in handcuffs under Federal Indicment too! Ha!

12:35 AM  
Blogger Don M said...

When I was in, during the Carter Administration, LTCs were "the old man" for the battalion. Now, they are promoting mere children.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Maggie Goff said...


2:54 PM  
Blogger Chap said...

Congrats! It's so nice to not have to figure out which staffie with the oak leaf to salute or not.

So, The important part. When's the party?

4:01 PM  
Blogger Parker Smith said...

The lobotomy is still optional until O-6, right?

Kidding aside, all the best, and take the best of care.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Uriah said...

Hold it, US Armed Forces, right?!? What's with this whole promoting the right people thing? When did this start? Next thing you know, we'll be retaining top performers and awww hell....its gonna be a mess!!


4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats, Major!


4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats. Just a little bit of info as to the joys of achieving O-5: my wife wore the naval uniform and a Cdr's cover got the lettuce.


5:02 PM  
Blogger TmjUtah said...

Congratulations, SIR!

And a hearty Semper Fi, too, with respect and gratitude.

7:31 PM  
Blogger Zoe Brain said...

Here's hoping that one day, they give you the bird, so to speak.


7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many congrats, Major John!

panther girl

11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, indeed!


11:52 PM  
Blogger Patrick Chester said...


4:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, so will we know you as LtCol John, or do you plan to spell it all out when you traverse the interwebs?

This is damned good news, sir. Congratulations to you and to those what made this excellent decision.


7:02 AM  
Blogger Inner Prop said...

Congrats. This means 3 more years right?

7:19 AM  
Blogger LTC John said...


Maybe. I don't trust State any further than I could throw Camp Lincoln...

8:36 AM  
Blogger Inner Prop said...

"And with your bad back Ed, you shouldn't be throwing anyone."

I like your new avatar. You are looking ahead whilst I'm going retro.

What's your new position? Are you getting promoted to CHIEF Cook and Bottle Washer?

Ooo, now you can be part of the Colonel Kabal...

9:22 AM  
Blogger PatCA said...

Congratulations, Major John!

We thank you for your service. Every day, in every way.

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats, sir.

My little bro made major this year, and is back at Bragg.

Mikey NTH

5:06 PM  
Blogger Squid said...

Warmest congratulations, Major. It does my heart good to know we've got guys like you making things work.

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try not get too excited. You, however, are much more deserving than many if not most. There is a way to track your fed rec progress through the Guard Bureau web site.
It will no more "Major John." I was thinking "Johnny Light" would be a good new moniker.

3:04 PM  
Blogger LTC John said...


"Johnny Light"? Sounds like an early 1980s DJ. Or porn star.

11:52 AM  
Blogger FbL said...


12:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grats MJ

Missed you at Oldboys this year. Our favorite in-center filled in for you on the injury dept. Unlucky break having three 19 year olds run him into the ground. You'll show him how to do it right next year.

Again, Congratulation


7:39 AM  
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10:25 PM  

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