I just sent my granddaughter a text. It was to remind her to check her gig line. More about that in a moment.
As GN’s legal guardian, I take good care of her and I watch how she’s doing in school. I don’t sweat the small stuff, but sometimes I just get . . . curious.
Goodnight is in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Program (JROTC) program at her school. This her fourth year in the program. Cadets are required to wear their uniforms once a week and stand for inspection. What they wear to inspection depends on the season as well as what the Master Sergeant (MSgt) tells them to wear.
As GN’s legal guardian, I have access to her grades as they are entered in the digital grade-book. GN has an “A” in JROTC, but when I looked at her grade for the inspection, I noticed she was docked three points. It still left her with a 97%, but like I said, I get curious.
I asked my granddaughter why she lost three points. She didn’t know she had lost any points, so also didn’t know the reason for the deduction. She told me she would ask the MSgt.
A few days later, I checked in with GN on the lost inspection points.
Gram: Did you find out why you lost three points?
GN: I did. MSgt took off one point for my gig line.
Gram: (gig line refers to the vertical harmony of shirt, belt, and pants when the shirt placket, the edge of the belt buckle, and seam of pant fly are in alignment. Perfect alignment is required at time of inspection.) . . . You know the rules. And what were the other two points for?
GN: MSgt deducted two points for crying.
Gram: MSgt was crying?
GN: No, I was!
Gram: You were crying during inspection?
GN: Cuz MSgt was YELLING at me.
Gram: He yelled at you for your gig line?
GN: No, he yelled at me for something else, made me cry, and then took off two points because I cried.
Gram: Well . . . you know the inspection guidelines for gig line, so you’re lucky it was only one point. What did he yell at you for?
GN: He yelled at me for a phone violation in a different class. Word got back to him that I was on my phone after the bell rang, but before the teacher started teaching.
Gram: (I wonder why he didn’t just take off some points for the phone violation intead if going through all the work of yelling at her and then only taking off two points for the crying.) . . . You’re a senior and the MSgt expects the seniors to be leaders and set good examples for the younger cadets. Besides, the same phone rules apply this year as they have for your first three years at that school.
GN: (begins to laugh) But Grammy, I was texting YOU!
Gram: Nice try, kiddo! But you’re not hanging that one on me. I text you when it fits into my schedule and it’s on you to reply as it fits into your own schedule.
Upon careful and lengthy consideration, I asked GN if crying was an actual inspection violation documented in the cadet handbook. GN said it was not, “but it falls under military image, Grammy.”
This is all on my mind today because parent-teacher conferences are tonight and I have half a mind to ask the Master Sergeant how many points he’d take off if word got back to him about a cadet’s messy bedroom. 😀
Goodnight makes me laugh. I don’t encourage rule-breaking or disrespect, but if a teen’s phone violation after the bell in another class is the worst he’s got to yell at her about, then the Goodnight/Gram household is just fine. He can keep the two points he took from her.
Maybe I should ask him how many points she will get for her solo production of the cadet newsletter last week because no one else wanted to get involved. But, you know what? I don’t need to ask him that either, Goodnight’s version will be so much better!