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  1. seadog

    seadog New Member

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    I will start this by saying this is not my first post on these forums but due to the nature of my question I changed my screen name mainly to protect my son.
    He has been contacting his BGO for almost 2 months for his interview to no avail. This is the last thing he has to do for his App to be complete. This man has lied to him on numerous occasions saying he would call him back at least 4 times. I keep telling myself to not get involved but it gets harder by the day. As X-military I don't understand how he can continue to lie and put my son of if he does not want or have time for the job why doesn't he just resign. Please someone tell us what my sons options are without making the wrong people upset. Thanks in advance this is a awesome website.
     
  2. 1964BGO

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    I recommend you contact your Area Coordinator regarding this problem. The AC is responsible for the ensuring that the BGOs in the area are functioning in accordance with the program's guidelines. If there is a problem with a BGO the AC should be aware of the situation and make appropriate adjustments. As an example, a BGO in this area who has been extremely effective in working with candidates recently reported that there were some serious health problems he was having to deal with and asked for relief in his candidate load. Most of his candidates are being shifted to other BGOs and the AC is picking up several as well. Point is, contact the AC, you can find the contact information at <www.usna.edu/Admissions>. Best wishes to you DS.
     
  3. Mongo

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    The first board will not meet until sometime in September. Absolutely no reason to submit the interview results until early September. Perhaps your BGO is a busy individual and is not 'lying' but faced with more pressing matters.
     
  4. Whistle Pig

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    Mongo, appreciate your attempt to have the backside of this BGO. But you know, and I know, and we all know what a lie looks like. And this one appears to look precisely that. There is no honor among thieves (and liars. Even BGO "liars.") None of us should join that band. After all, honor and lying (we often hear it being describes as "white", fibbing, disingenuous, misunderstanding, forgetfulness, and now being "busy". ), or more positively, truth, are usually crystal clear to beneficiaries and "benefactors."

    I favor believing that Seadog is not lying when he says "lying." And he should not be called out as such, even if your intention was well-intended.

    Why is this worth calling it what it is? Dare a plebe to be too "busy" to fail to do that which he has "agreed" to do upon receiving his orders from the detailer. Not once, but 4 times. That's why this is totally worth exploring and perhaps, correcting, might we agree.

    That BGO's simple truth might have been, especially upon the 3rd or 4th try, "hey, I'm too busy right now. Catch up w/ you when I"m not." Or maybe ... "hey, I'm too busy, but I'm going to suggest you call my superior and have him re-direct you to another BGO." Now the more worthwhile wondering about this might well have been "why didn't that BGO offer these responses? Or some others?"

    While some may think much ado about little or nothing, I'd suggest any of that might be one post too late.
     
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  5. Mongo

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    There are two sides to most stories and calling someone a 'liar' for failing to announce 'you're it' in a game of phone tag might seem a little harsh. And remember that we are getting this info second hand.
     
  6. Whistle Pig

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    Granted.

    Conversely, the bottomline here is that if and when an individual voluntarily decides he/she wishes to serve as a BGO, then he/she accepts a modicum of responsibility.

    4 requests over 8 weeks, no genuine engagement and promises made that have not been kept. For whatever reason. That is irresponsible, unacceptable, and reflects badly on the organization one seeks to serve and honor while doing a disservice to the young person, like that BGO, seeking to serve.

    Yes, understandable how that BGO has gotten himself into this position. Unacceptable for his chronic responses and ultimate failure to fulfill his responsibilites and/or redirect this candidate. Enough said, at least by me. Again, the only reason this merits much comment is that it models precisely the behavior that the Naval Academy proclaims abhorrent. Not a good start for modeling the behavior essential to preparing exemplary leadership. Do as I say, not as I do? Let's call it what it is, and quit apologizing and excusing bad behavior by a BGO.
     
  7. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    This thread has outlived its usefulness. All sides have voiced their opinions on BGO responsibility or lack thereof. We will never on this forum sort out the issues with the one BGO cited by the OP.

    Sound advice (to follow up with the BGO's Area Coordinator) has been provided to the OP.

    Time to move on.
     
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