But first, bad news: The shop I work in is under the control of a terrible TSgt, and none of us can really do anything about it. There isn’t really anyone immediately above them in rank who also works in our shop’s structure. Badness Ex; We’ll be completely finished with all work in the shop, Swing Shift will have already taken control of what’s needed after Day’s 7-8 hours of work, but we’re made to sit around and do nothing till a total of 10-11 hours has passed.
My job doesn’t allow people to leave when their shift is over, we must be released. We also don’t get overtime. No other shop on base does this to subordinates. Most are released around 3:30 to 4pm, while we sit around until 6. Favoritism and hazing are also kind of a problem, along with the extremely poor time-management. Another TSgt, right below the first one in command, has brought up the fact that we’re uselessly working 50-60hrs a week, when it should only be 40, only to be immediately shot down. If any of us even ask to leave, even the ones who have families to get back to, they’re reprimanded. We’re basically put in a position where we’re afraid to ask anyone for help.
Things have progressively been getting worse due to a base-wide inspection coming up. We’ll probably be made to stay for a total of 12 hours with no reason for the next two weeks. Possibly 16hrs, because although anything over 12hrs must be “Commander approved”, technically, if we didn’t spend 12hrs on the aircraft, we can work for 16hrs with no one knowing about it but us. I’m cool if we’re needed as extra hands to help fix a plane, but that’s never the reason we stay late. We’ll have no work for an entire day, nothing broken, nothing left over from the previous day, and still be there for 10hrs. We’re not in a deployed environment, our work isn’t urgent, we literally sit around shop counters and are told to make it look like we’re working, we pretend to work. God forbid you get caught with your phone out after you’ve been pretending to do work for 5hrs. Haha, it’s like fucking retail.
Good News: Luckily, me and the shop’s other new guy have training that beginning the day before the actual inspection starts. We’ll be in training for two months, where we’ll be released at around Noon every day, which will give me a lot of free time to try to get back to art.
And hopefully, I’ll spend all that free time wisely, before I have to go back to my shop.