Advice: Ask an NCO’s Signature Block


U.S. Marines compete against each other in a race to set up a working communication system during an exercise at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 18, 2018. The race required the Marines to make their own cables, and then with the use of a computer, create a network to establish a connection between two phones. Alpha Company, 7th Communication Battalion conducted the communications exercise to test their capabilities in providing communication services in field environments as well as train in jungle warfare tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Kindo Go)

Dear Signature Block,

I love my boyfriend, but there’s one thing I don’t love about him: his chain smoking. When we met, he’d occasionally have a cigarette at a party, but things got stressful at his work this year and now he smokes constantly. I’ve talked to him about stopping, but he says that I don’t understand how difficult things are for him right now. Our apartment reeks, I’ve developed a case of bronchitis that won’t go away, and I hate being near his smell. Am I being unreasonable? Help!

–Smoked Out Girlfriend

Dear SOG,

LEADERSHIP is not about a ROLE isn’t about a GOAL. If you can’t believe, you can’t achieve. It’s about the HUSTLE.

Hooah,
Signature Block

Dear Signature Block,

A group of NCOs always goes lifting together on the weekends. They always come back with personnel issues resolved or new training ideas. That’s great, except they don’t invite me. I’m the only other person of the same rank in the company, and I feel like I’m being excluded. How can I ask them to include?

–Left out Staff Sgt.

Dear LoSS,

Good, Better, Best. Never Settle ‘till your good is better than your best. Are you in the team or on the team? It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. “Charles Darwin”

Respectfully submitted,
Signature Block (P)

Dear Signature Block (P),
My husband and I had out dream wedding last month. One strange thing happened, though. Even though his platoon sergeant had been very supportive of the wedding and helpful in the planning, he didn’t attend the wedding. Should I be worried?
–Frowning Observant Bride

Dear FOB,
“…Never put your own personal well-being, or advancement…ahead of the accomplishment …of your mission and taking care… of your men…” –Pete Blabber
S/r,
Signature Block, SWI, USS, LCSW


blondesoverbaghdad
BlondesOverBaghdad always lets someone else have the top block, because that's the selfless service thing to do. She'll go to Ranger School as soon as there's a 2-beer per day policy. @BlondsOvrBaghd on Twitter.
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