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Date Posted: 2000-06-23

I have lived in Okinawa for over sixteen years and retired from the military. I think Japan Update is doing a very good job and I hope you continue to do so. What I want to say to some of our military is: if you don't want to make the news then don't cause the news. Personally I am very embarrassed by the young military and what they get away with, then to have their NCOs condone what they are doing... Also if a military person interferes with my rights, I am going to cause an incident in the local paper, which might get noticed internationally.

By publicizing this kind of negative news, you may open up the eyes of some of the military and prevent it from being posted in the local Japanese newspaper. I think the Update should stay the way that it is. You are in the business of making money, but your objective is to provide information.

I notice that most of your advertisements are from off-base, very little from on-base, except free articles. Also I believe we cannot restrict articles in the Update because of someone not wanting their branch of service in it. If this is a concern about the truth of rude GI's, then maybe they should stay on base, so that the base papers can restrict what they want their military to read, keep their clubs open all night, allow their personnel to get completely drunk,rude, and use foul language to their own there, put military NCOs on duty in the clubs, let the MP's handle the problems instead of the local police, so they can do more important jobs.

I think we miss one point. It doesn't matter if we are in a fight club or a crumpet house, all branches of the military, DOD Civilians, and their family members should conduct themselves in a manner as to not infringe on the rights of others.

The biggest problem as I see it is LEADERSHIP, We try to blame others than to deal with it, or we sit back and laugh at the military person that is rude to others, thinking it is funny.

It's not the responsibility of Okinawan, civilian or retired personnel to correct the actions of military personnel. That responsibility falls on the shoulders of the Officers and NCOs. We shouldn't promote fighting,rudeness,or rude language.

Take time to think of this: How would you feel if someone walked into the chapel on Sunday services and became rude in actions and language, Well I would say that an NCO would step in, not because it is his/her job, but because they would be afraid someone will say something to them if they don't. It doesn't matter when or where it is used. "It should be stopped", but you hear it over and over again, because we have a tendency to close our ears, ignore it because it would cause interruptions in the work schedule, or we would have to take extra time to fill out the counselling statements.

Well Officers and NCOs that's why you get the bigger bucks. The military branches should do something to solve these problems rather than to have individuals in their branch make excuses for the way their or other military personnel conduct themselves.

Many military personnel get off work and head straight home, never Knowing what their personnel are doing, till they hear the next day. The military branches should provide the ability for off-base personnel to make complaints about the military problems off-base, and take the correct course to solve these problems, but I have never seen a complaint form, a homepage, or e-mail provided by the military branches.

It should be in both Japanese and English. The military may find out that the population off Base knows more of what's going on than they do. I think the military branches are concerned with what's going on outside the gate. I personally don't like incidents that degrade the military.

I hold the United States and its military very strong in my heart, and served both well. But with the action of many military personnel off-base, I am embarrassed. I wish to keep my I.D. concealed because I am well known in both the local and military communities.

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