I might be getting deployed to Gitmo next year as platoon leader in an MP company. Can anyone tell me their experiences from an officer's perspective? Thanks!
not too sure from an officer's perspective, but overall it's pretty calm down here. The internet access is pretty expensive for what it is though, so that is kind of a bummer
Pretty much all there is to do there is drinking, fishing, and scuba diving. Get off the island and see the rest of the Caribbean whenever you can.
Prepare to sign a lot of paper, and make sure your PSG keept the troopies busy.
Also, be prepared for a LOT of PCness.
Yeah, from what I've also been hearing, there's not much to do over there, and as an officer, it's more about putting out fires and just being PC.
I went over in 2004 (I know it's changed some since then, but probably not too much) and I saw my Company Commander once a month or so, my platoon leaders 5 minutes at guard mount (sometimes). Only other time was when there was a Use-of-force or something that required them to come sign off - but they didn't even see any paperwork until we were sure it was gtg and spell-checked. I'm not even sure why they were there, they had no more authority to order 'stuff' than the SOG, and obviously all the field grades were from Bn or Bde. In retrospect, the junior officers had no real role there at all, though as I said, things may have changed.