Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. Sheik Yerbouti

    Sheik Yerbouti said, about 6 years ago

    People in the military who complain that they would do their job if they had better supervision after they get a new NCO make you wonder what their excuse was with the previous NCO. Since Melissa’s unit apparently knew how to do their jobs before she took over, how did they become stupid and ignorant overnight, and why is that her fault?

  2. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    I agree with both of you…

  3. Bensondonald

    Bensondonald GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    Any vets or current troops out there? I’m wondering if Trudeau is talking about something that’s big to active soldiers but reads like simple office politics to us civilians. A while ago I was going through a book of Bill Mauldin’s WWII cartoons, and many were downright puzzling without footnotes explaining the context.

  4. thebird55

    thebird55 said, about 6 years ago


    Nothing changed. But the crew assumed that things would change. That things would get easier. They should have known better.

    Disappointment is breeding discontent.

  5. Bill Tidler Jr.

    Bill Tidler Jr. said, about 6 years ago

    Never underestimate the power of a comic….

  6. Sandfan

    Sandfan GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    Leadership is an innate trait, not a legally conferred right. In smaller units, particularly in combat, troops look to the person who is going to give them the best chance of surviving and/or succeeding, and that is not always the person designated as leader by higher authority.

  7. Larry

    Larry said, about 6 years ago

    When I was promoted just because there was an opening and I was next in line, I only had problems with my friends. They acted as if they received promotions too. I had a choice of putting up with it or not. NOT.

  8. Potrzebie

    Potrzebie said, about 6 years ago

    This essentially boils down to the mission or troop welfare. It’s a catch 22. Sure, the choppers need to be up in the air by 1300, but how long have they been at work? Do they get days off? While I was in the sandtrap it was 0800 to 2000 (and I was the first to leave) and we only had Friday morning off (until 1200 hrs). BUt I had a desk job. During the first oil war, as a deployed Marine, we trained every single day without any days off until we arrived to the Gulf and did our first field-ex.

  9. Wildcard24365

    Wildcard24365 said, about 6 years ago

    And it is interesting that Mel at least has the insight to ask, “maybe it’s me?”

  10. emory458

    emory458 GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    Military or private sector, doesn;t matter. The adjustment is with the team in dealing with Mel as a superior now. Friendship can only interfere. The military is very good about separating this out. Private sector less so. In the provate sector, depending on the company management, too much office politics can occur, leading to disaster for he newly promoted. My particular favorite is someone designated a lead with out HR responsibility for their team mates. Insubordination can be fostered when management does not fully support the lead. The lead has full responsibility for team success, but no way to discipline insubordination and non performance. I’ve seen this in 2 projects, same company.

    In this case, the team is dfamiliar with Mel and should already uinderstand the teams purpose and goals. They just need to understand priorites over friendship.

  11. Lewreader

    Lewreader said, about 6 years ago

    During Vietnam, if a Marine sgt yelled “down!”, he was saving my life. Or I could have said “Why?” and had my head blown off. “Ours is not to question why—–”

  12. summerdog

    summerdog said, about 6 years ago

    At my house you have three choices…..

    My way, my way or my way.

  13. nighthawks

    nighthawks GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 years ago

    here it’s my way, my way, my way or all of the above

  14. GrimmaTheNome

    GrimmaTheNome said, about 6 years ago

    Its not complicated - her team is just trying it on to see if she’ll give them some leeway. Good for her that she won’t - give an inch and they’ll take a mile. Hopefully they’ll buckle down soon.

  15. gaebie

    gaebie said, about 6 years ago

    The crew thought that when they got “one of their own” that position, things would be easier on them and she would still be best buds.

    Mel might have some growing pains in the job, but she is doing just fine. And yes, it is true that “it is lonely at the top”.

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