I got promoted to a C/PO1!
And it feels like everyone is very, very angry with me. But in reality I guess it is only a handful who have expressed it to others, and these other people respect me enough to inform me. I have outranked someone who has been in the unit for 3 years in just this 1 year; now he’s badmouthing me.
At first I was confident that I deserved it, but then it wavered as more and more people said that it was simply handed to me for various less-than-admirable reasons. Because I’m a senior. Because of favoritism; CDR, GySgt, and the CO like me. Because I’m pretty. That one is just ridiculous.
But CDR told me that I earned everything that was awarded to me. And to be honest, I already knew. I just had to hear it. However, he did say something very surprising; I’m the 2nd best cadet in the entire unit. Hands down, it was obvious to him and GySgt. And I am only behind the former CO “by a hair.”
I knew me and Eimi were the only people out of 8 who were actually going head to head for Scholar of the Year, and when she won I knew I was the unspoken runner-up. But I never equated that to being the second best cadet. That would have to mean I am being held in higher prestige than the current CO, XO, CMC, and entire staff. I don’t really know how I feel about that. Mixed feelings I guess.
Anyway, I’ll just congratulate myself now since my family doesn’t care and you can’t trust compliments from people in the unit. It’s like a military version of Mean Girls in there.