It’s sad when you have companies that don’t fully support our military when it comes to drilling Army Reservists. I find it quite hypocritical for said companies to bask in free enterprise and not be a LITTLE grateful for how they came about to enjoy such freedoms. Some of us CHOOSE to be citizen soldiers and some even make a career out of it. We join for many different reasons whether it be for love of country, college, to serve the greater good (or a combo of all 3).
You don’t necessarily have to LIKE us serving but you have to remember there are laws IN PLACE for such businesses. I am fortunate to work at an agency where this is not a problem. However, I have heard far too many stories of young reservists being placed in such a difficult position. Just really irks me to hear of such things.
USERRA provides protection from discrimination against servicemembers. The following summary defines this protection:
The law states:
A person who is in any manner connected to the armed forces shall not be denied initial employment, reemployment, retention in employment, promotion, or any benefit of employment by an employer on the basis of that membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation.
This means someone who:
- is a member of,
- applies to be a member of,
- performs, or has performed,
- applies to perform,
- or has an obligation to perform service in a uniformed service.
They should be THANKFUL the government does not institute the draft any longer.