You guys have been blowing up my inbox with the picture of PFC Tariqka Sheffey while she was hiding (from who?) during Retreat. yeah, it was all over Facebook and Twitter. It made the Army Times. And she tells her audience (us) that she “doesn’t give a f***” what we think. She probably does now.
In my opinion, this is getting out of hand, not just the fools taking selfies of themselves while they’re misbehaving in uniform, but the whole “viral” thing, too. Here’s an example of how I chose to deal with a selfie dude;
Last year someone sent me a selfie of a troop up in Fort Drum who was wearing NCO rank (he was an E-Zero or something, all of those privates look the same to me) and jump wings and a tab or two and a CIB. The guy who sent me the picture said he served with PFC Selfie and none of that stuff in the picture was true. PFC Selfie hadn’t deployed yet.
So I looked him up on AKO, and next to his name was his squad leader’s name. Then I looked his squad leader up on AKO, got his email address and sent the picture to him along with a brief description of my duties here at TAH and left it up to the staff sergeant what should be done. A couple of weeks later, I got an email back from the squad leader thanking me along with a description of what had happened to the young soldier.
That was much more satisfying to me than a pile of traffic and comments calling for PFC Selfie’s head and/or ass. I imagined endless push ups, hours of police call, piles of hand-painted rocks, and hours of layout inspections. It made my little black heart sing. I’ll admit that I became part of the whole viral thing for a while, but now it seems like the troops aren’t learning from the tribulations of others and it’s time to put the chain of pain to work on them.