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Eglin is one of the worst offenders - reserved spots everywhere and labeled by number (i.e. 32-69).  Always loved parking right in front and getting a look from some random GS-X that knew there was no way it was my spot.  That base needs to immediately lose about 2000 reserved parking spots and every person attached to those spots.

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To continue with the thread derail...
I guess I’m old school/a terrible leader because I think the parking spots for Wing CC and other leadership (not ing GS-15 or CCE, my God) are good because it’s a respect thing. Is it the most efficient use of parking spaces? No. But I think there’s a huge lack of respect in the military/American culture now. The E-3 and below parking spot type thing annoys me because that kid earns a spot over the E-5 that is his supervisor? What about the E-7 first shirt in the AMU that deals with the unbelievable amount of stupidity that comes along with that? I’m not very clearly articulating my point, but I hope it makes some sense.
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That form of respect is from an era where members are drafted, disposable, and only in for a couple-few years.

Senior leaders need to work harder for respect, and in an all-volunteer force where subordinates are making the same sacrifice (with far fewer perks) as the boss, parking spots are an easy way to demonstrate servant leadership.

I remember a Marine officer in Moron commenting on how the leadership table at AF events gets served food first, while the Marines, who will annihilate an E-3 for so much as looking at an officer the wrong way, always had the leadership eat last.

There are definitely structural and procedural mechanisms for reinforcing rank respect, but when those methods are also perks for the leaders receiving them, the effect is greatly diminished.
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Lt’s are supposed to park in the WG/CC parking spot at the O’Club, it’s like tradition

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13 hours ago, Danger41 said:

To continue with the thread derail...

I guess I’m old school/a terrible leader because I think the parking spots for Wing CC and other leadership (not fucking GS-15 or CCE, my God) are good because it’s a respect thing. Is it the most efficient use of parking spaces? No. But I think there’s a huge lack of respect in the military/American culture now. The E-3 and below parking spot type thing annoys me because that kid earns a spot over the E-5 that is his supervisor? What about the E-7 first shirt in the AMU that deals with the unbelievable amount of stupidity that comes along with that? I’m not very clearly articulating my point, but I hope it makes some sense.

Standing by for righteous indignation from the peanut gallery.

I don't mind the CC spots, and even 1Sgt spots--doubly so in front of the buildings they work out. 

It's the rest of the spots (5 GO , 3 Col , 3 CMSgt, 3 GS-XX) that were in front of the commissary, BX, gym that annoy the crap outta me.

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I can see having a spot for the squadron CC, Group CC, Wing CC in front of their own buildings. Our CC is in and out constantly with the constant bullshit and queep meetings. It’s gets excessive when every damn building on base has a reserved spot for Cols, Chiefs blah blah blah. Your not that important you can’t park in the back and walk 100ft to get your greasy golf course burger. 

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30 minutes ago, 17D_guy said:

It's the rest of the spots (5 GO , 3 Col , 3 CMSgt, 3 GS-XX) that were in front of the commissary, BX, that annoy the crap outta me.

IMHO, the BX/Commissary reserved parking spots are primarily utilized by entitled spouses (typically older/large ladies). I haven't personally witnessed this same phenomena with the reserved parking spots at the GYM?

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Oiy.  And this is why, @Danger41, I suggest eliminating all but lawfully required (handicap) designated parking.  If the WG/CC isn't being "shown respect" there are bigger issues, throwing rose petals before his feet isn't the solution.

If the number of times per day that a SQ/CC has to go out to their car in order to chase down queep is driving the proximity of their parking spot, the proximity of the parking spot is not the root cause of the DFP.

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BFM quit your Root Cause analysis, the glare of truth data is far to bright for our eyes to handle and I rather just annoyingly point at something else that annoys me but has not bearing on any thing.  Plus if my SQ/CC isn't constantly going from one useless meeting to another what exactly will he be doing?  Communicating the issues to his squadron? Taking care of his people? Acting like a filter and buffer to all the bull$hit direct line of sight tasking from the Group level on up?  Crazy talk.

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