Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. pouncingtiger

    pouncingtiger said, over 6 years ago

    I think Mel’s going to have a mutiny on her hands.

  2. BrianCrook

    BrianCrook said, over 6 years ago

    I agree with you, Radish, and Melissa is handling it well: focused on her work.

  3. Sheik Yerbouti

    Sheik Yerbouti said, over 6 years ago

    Your Plan B should be to get back to work. What you are doing is important and directly responsible for the health and safety of the soldiers that fly in the choppers you maintain.

    We all support you, Melissa!

  4. randgrithr

    randgrithr said, over 6 years ago

    Kneejerk response to rank, much? Mel didn’t just become perfect by gaining a stripe. The truth is somewhere in the middle. If that many of her troopies are united about there something being wrong, then there’s something wrong. It’s not always about subordinates acting like children trying to get away with something.

    And the really funny part is that if Mel and Roz’s places were reversed in the excessively sexist real life military, nobody’d be supporting Roz - because she’s guilty of not being eye candy. ;-7

  5. Sandfan

    Sandfan said, over 6 years ago

    Randgrithr has a point. Leadership does not exist in a vacuum; it has to adapt to situations. Mel needs to consider what she needs to do to get the best out of her troops.

  6. jeffc42

    jeffc42 GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    But how come Mel is the only one working? I think the troops need to step it up.

  7. randgrithr

    randgrithr said, over 6 years ago

    Mel’s NOT working - because her new job description isn’t just to fix planes. Her job is also to manage people. Lead by example only goes so far. It very much IS her business to find out what is bothering her troops, but I can take an educated guess - they are getting lots of attitude from her, but little guidance or direction.

    Field promotions can suck because of this. Mel didn’t have the benefit of NCO prep training, and now it is biting her in the butt. It’s clear she doesn’t even have a trustworthy mentor of higher rank to emulate or learn from. So been there, so done that…

  8. Potrzebie

    Potrzebie said, over 6 years ago

    Plan B? Put some laxative in her coffee?

  9. Wildcard24365

    Wildcard24365 said, over 6 years ago

    So, I guess the question is, “who in this arc is NOT adapting particularly well to the ‘field promotion?’”

  10. Nemesys

    Nemesys said, over 6 years ago

    The situation GT is describing isn’t unique to the military. Whenever a line worker is promoted to a supervisory position, the exact same dynamics occur be it in a hospital, factory, school, Wendy’s, or whatever.

    @Jeff, I don’t know how her job is set up, but it seems to me that Mel shouldn’t be “working” at all. Her role, as randgrithr says, is to manage people. She may want to get herself out from beneath that chopper and begin organizing and checking the work that others are doing. Eventually she’ll begin to coach and motivate her charges. That’s a much more valuable role than swinging that wrench around. Under the chopper alone, she doesn’t look, sound, or act like a supervisor, so it’s going to be difficult for her to be accepted as one.

  11. MisngNOLA

    MisngNOLA said, over 6 years ago

    At a sergeant level, one might still expect a mech to be doing mech work, especially in theater like they are. A sergeant in a combat unit would definitely be in a leadership role.

  12. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 6 years ago

    Has anybody figured out where this storyline is headed?

  13. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 6 years ago

    TimeWeaver,,,, My experience has been that the harder you ride, the slower you go. Workers will find time to plot and plan if you are using too much spur. Inform them of your expectations, let them know how they are doing and certainly give pats on the back when and where they are deserved. There is nothing wrong with a bit of fraternization in the off duty time. The worst NCOs I remember were the ones who carried their superior attitude into after hours.

  14. pirate227

    pirate227 said, over 6 years ago

    Maybe there is a problem, she’s the only one working on the birds.

  15. Nemesys

    Nemesys said, over 6 years ago

    Maybe Mel’s Mechanics are suffering from low morale because every time they get a chopper fixed up, some CIA idiot like the Red Rascal shoots them down again. Everyone hates busywork.

    @jrmerm, this story really isn’t headed anywhere. It’s just a spacekeeper until the election cycle heats up, at which point we’ll get another Palin-a-thon or Tea Party storyline.

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