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A Synesi Story - What my conscience dictates

Day 1,686, 20:00 Published in USA USA by Synesi

As some of you may have guessed, I will no longer be serving under the banner of the JCS. I have stayed with them as long as I have because I had hope that they would be able to see past their own egos and do what is right for their military.

Before I go in depth on this, I feel I should restate my origins. Until I had to directly deal with the JCS, I was the most loyal officer you would have ever seen. I would have fought for the JCS to the end had they been willing to fight for their own people.  I was an ardent supporter of the split when it happened, and I would have defended Bradley Reala’s decision till I was blue. I have dedicated 754 days to this military, that is 2 years and 23 days within the ranks of TC.  The only time I ever had disloyal thoughts was when I was called disloyal by those I had idolized.  But even then, instead of hate, I still remained loyal to bringing progress and light to a military that continually goes farther into darkness.  I had hope in the people, hope in the leaders that they would see reason. I have been in the JCS for at least 6 months, and in that time no progress has been made.  I remember seeing people leave this military in anger during the time of the split from the government, and I wondered how those people could do such a thing. For once, I truly understand them and their frustrations.

The current JCS do not deserve the incredible troops who serve under them. My dispute is fully with the JCS, not those who serve under them.

I wanted to go into a large in-depth article of how the JCS are failing the eUS Military, and someday maybe I will if people want to read it. But right now, I am done with the JCS and I am done wasting my time with a leadership that is content to stay in the shadows and die a slow death.

The JCS refuse to coordinate damage with the rest of the eUSA.
The JCS refuse to take responsibility for their actions and do what is best for their members.
The JCS refuse to acknowledge the state of their own military.
The JCS refuse to go past their hate of politics and the government.
The JCS refuse to even attempt at gaining legitimacy for the eUS Military.

I refuse to be a part of it any longer. I can no longer in good conscience lead TC while underneath the banner of the JCS. I cannot justify sending troops to the higher branches that are led by the JCS.
I have talked to many people about my decision to leave and have come to the conclusion that this is the only way.  There was a point where I had decided to stay and attempt to make things better. But I have realized that this would only lead to more bitterness, which is not something that I want to corrupt TC with. The JCS are perfect examples of how bitterness over the past can infect a group, and I never want to be like them.  At one point I strongly considered leading the Training Corps to secede from the JCS Military, but I cannot in good conscience inflict that damage upon the place I called home for so long. TC means too much to me.  Thus with the counsel of some of my closest friends and advisers, I have decided to remove myself from the equation.

There comes a point where you are unable to justify the actions of the group you are a part of. I reached that point several months ago and I am done making excuses for the JCS.  The JCS would rather comfort their egos than let this military regain its honor. Dearest members of the eUS Military, you deserve better.

Many will demonize me for these words and that is your right.  But those of you who know me, those who I have befriended over the past two years; you know that I play this game to have fun and to help others have fun.  This is a decision that greatly saddens me, but I truly feel that this is the only route for me to take.

There are many aspiring officers who hope to one day be JCS. I give you this advice, there is no glory in becoming JCS, all it will do is stress you out. If you want to be successful in the JCS, you have to follow the rest of the group.  You will get nowhere if you have opinions that differ from the JCS dogma.  The JCS used to be mighty, it used to embody greatness, it used to contain the best strategists and leaders. This is no longer the case, and has not been for a long time.  The current JCS is simply a group desperately riding on the coattails of those who came before.  Being a member of the current JCS is solely a game of “follow the leader” or else be deemed disloyal for your differing opinions.

To Jankems, I’m sure you will be telling the JCS, “I told you so” in regards to letting me join their group. But you hear this, I was 100% loyal to both this military and to the JCS until YOU questioned MY loyalty those many months ago where you stalled my admittance to the JCS.  It was you who planted the seed. No one else.  It is truly unfortunate when your heroes let you down.

[Edit: Looking back, I don't like how I phrased this part about Jankems, I feel like it makes me look like I was throwing a fit against Jankems. All I really meant by this part was to say that I had never honestly viewed the JCS as wrong or erroneous until that moment where Jankems essentially accused me of being disloyal. That was the first time where I began to question the legitimacy of these people as leaders. -Syn 10/2/12]

To Bradley Reala, by convincing the JCS to split from the government, you hurt this military more than your enemies ever could. You had no plan on how to survive after the split and as a result the JCS languished under the guise of strength.  Live in infamy Bradley Reala.

This is by no means a rash decision on my part, for the past month, my suspension from the JCS for extremely questionable rationale has given me a great deal of time to think about this decision. I have talked this over with some of my closest advisers and I believe this is the right decision for me and for TC.

Goodbye to all my mil friends, thank you for all the good times and hopefully we will have many more. Though it is not a true goodbye, because I will still be around, just not on the mil forums.

I suggest you press ctrl-F5 to clear your browser cache/refresh avatar pics before reading this next part.

Now onto the part that many will take great issue with.  While I refuse to work with the JCS, the goal and purpose of helping new players is something that I cannot let go of. To this end, I have been offered command of the USAF Bootcamp.  I will continue to welcome new players to eRep and I will continue in aiding them as they start out.  I will continue doing what I love to do, except I will now do it under the banner of the official military of the eUSA. I honestly understand that many will be angry, some will call me traitor.  I can only follow in what I believe, what my conscience dictates, do not fault me for that. If you hate me, that is your choice and I will not fault you for it, were I in your situation, perhaps I would do the same.

But, it is now time that we choose our own future and not rely blindly upon those who would take that choice away from us.  It is our responsibility to be great, to ask questions, to speak up and become more than we had ever thought possible. It is our responsibility to follow our conscience, and that is what I do today.  There is so much greatness and potential in the members who are under the yolk of the JCS, I sincerely wish for those traits to be realized.

Before I am done, I want to address the members and officers of the United States Training Corps.  It has been an honor to serve as your commander and I am convinced that officers of the Corps are some of the hardest working players that you will find in this entire game.   TC has been my home for a long time now and I am confident that it will continue to provide homes to those who seek friends there.  You were my first and best friends and I wish you all the best. Keep it shiny TC.

This game is meant to be fun, the moment that fun ends, that is the moment to move on. I have moved on. And you should too.

If you would like to talk, or ask me about any of this, you can find me in #TC or in #cathedral_of_synesi . I will also read any comments posted here and do what I can to address them.

[Former Commanding Officer of the United States Training Corps, JCS]


Vanek26 Day 1,686, 20:04

I see you made a hard decision.

I'd like to welcome you to USAF!

Israel Stevens
Israel Stevens Day 1,686, 20:07

A very tough decision. You, and the rest of the Training Corps are more than welcome in the USAF.

Glad to have you on the A-Team.

potato134 Day 1,686, 20:09


Tenshibo Day 1,686, 20:11

I'm glad you made the decision that was right for you Synesi. Welcome on board o7

Avruch Day 1,686, 20:12

Welcome to the USAF!

rainy sunday
rainy sunday Day 1,686, 20:15

Written with respect and sincerity.


Sean Virden
Sean Virden Day 1,686, 20:15

o7 Synesi

GloveisLove Day 1,686, 20:16


Pfeiffer. Day 1,686, 20:21

General Synesi


Bia Pandora
Bia Pandora Day 1,686, 20:22

Walking away from TC was the hardest gaming choice I think I've ever made, and I've been gaming longer than most ePlayers have been alive.

I understand where you are coming from, I understand how hard this decision was for you and I understand how much love you put into the TC for so long. I think you are making the right decision to walk away and I respect that.

Thank you for your service, Synesi, and I hope you have a great time wherever your path leads you o7

DW.Frost Day 1,686, 20:27

Welcome to USAF!

Nice article.

Coxswain McGillicutty
Coxswain McGillicutty Day 1,686, 20:28

Thanks for the time and effort you've invested into young newblets who need direction. Hopefully your contemplative, fair-minded approach rubbed off.


Gryphon Skull
Gryphon Skull Day 1,686, 20:31

Syn, I know how hard it is to let two years of your life go. You were a great CO of the TC and the best XO anyone could ever have. I have no doubt you will kick ass as Boot Camp CO.


Coxswain McGillicutty
Coxswain McGillicutty Day 1,686, 20:31


You are still dangerous. You can be my wingman anytime.

Joshua C Allen
Joshua C Allen Day 1,686, 20:43

well someone finally made it public

Your Loving Mother
Your Loving Mother Day 1,686, 20:44

Chutley Day 1,686, 20:53


The.Dude Day 1,686, 21:04

It's not that some people have willpower and some don't... It's that some people are ready to change and others are not.

TemujinBC Day 1,686, 21:18

America, you are a mess.

Flashgun Day 1,686, 21:22

So imo


CII venom
CII venom Day 1,686, 21:23

This is freaking awesome. Im glad you came to your senses. I remember you as being a great officer back in the TC. I spent a few months there back in the day when it was a useful tool. And your right its not in the best interest of its members because for one, instead of seeking government funding to supply soldiers adequately, they decided to abandon this country and leave their members to crap supplies.

DeyoZero Day 1,686, 21:33

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Inwegen Day 1,686, 21:47

Can tell you went through a lot of internal struggle on this one, mate. It may seem difficult now, but it can only go up from here. Welcome out of the cold.

Fitisin Day 1,686, 21:49

Synesi, best of success to you wherever you go!

Captain Salty Kushskins
Captain Salty Kushskins Day 1,686, 21:52

great article

Publius Day 1,686, 21:55

my cat's breath smells like cat food

Kellman Day 1,686, 21:56

Best of luck to you on your new endeavor Synesi

John Marsten
John Marsten Day 1,686, 22:04

Synesi Best of luck to you in your new venture feel free to pop in and say hello anytime #ooh-rah

Dell Fargus
Dell Fargus Day 1,686, 22:08

Who the heck are you? Seriously, I never even heard of you before.

Gaara Killah
Gaara Killah Day 1,686, 22:13

We are proud of you Synesi! Welcome to the USAF.

Morrigan Alexandros
Morrigan Alexandros Day 1,686, 22:14

My dear Synesi, even though I'm an eZombie you will always have my respect and admiration. You are one of the best and most dedicated officers I have seen. To this day, one of the best decisions I made in TC was shove you down Relin's throat. Ehem, I mean strongly suggest he take you on as an apprentice.

There are VERY few officers that have worked as hard as you. I admired your zealous dedication to recruitment. Thank you for your work in TC.

<o always

/me eDies

Bacon Empire
Bacon Empire Day 1,686, 22:17

I loled at Pub

Tiamati Day 1,686, 22:20

New Faustian Man
New Faustian Man Day 1,686, 22:23

Interesting read. This is a problem with Erep, there is no database of articles indexed by time or relative subject matter, so that so much of the history and genuine drama on here is just lost. And when it is recorded its in some obscure wiki article that's pretty much impossible to access.

New Faustian Man
New Faustian Man Day 1,686, 22:24

My point is that for new(-er) players the whole JCS-split from the then US government is, if not entirely unknown, is understood (and probably understood poorly) from titbits gleaned in the comments thread on articles. Which in this instance is a real shame. What transpired between the JCS and the US government is of real note. They WERE the US Military at one point. And remain some of the biggest tanks in eUS history. Crazy that things ended up as they did.

Chance Harrison
Chance Harrison Day 1,686, 22:27

Go rouge? As in the makeup? LOLz

Tormannosaurus Rex
Tormannosaurus Rex Day 1,686, 22:37

Good article, I have to wonder what it would take for the JCS as a group to break out of their ideological stagnation. They have some admirable people, but the whole consistently is less than the sum of its parts.

Thedillpickl Day 1,686, 22:40

Funny thing is, I see things from another POV. The eUS govt. has done much the same thing as the JCS did (as far as politics). These arrogant people deserve what they get. And I agree that when it's no longer fun it's time to move on.

PappasXXV Day 1,686, 22:42

Much respect to you Synesi for doing what you thought was right, I still remember the short time I spent in TC like it was yesterday. Good luck to you! o7

New Faustian Man
New Faustian Man Day 1,686, 22:46

Pfft, Check out Chance Harrison above ^^ -- typical JCS dinosaur trying to piss on everyone else's fun. GO BACK TO IRELAND HARRISON!!

Deificus Day 1,686, 22:50

Welcome to the USAF. I'm sure the folks in Boot Camp will be fortunate to have you.

CII venom
CII venom Day 1,686, 23:00

chance dont be dissing the rogue lol

Come over to the light side.

Alex armstrong
Alex armstrong Day 1,686, 23:31

Forget JCS and USAF, you'll be missed Synesi. 🙁

07 friendo

Chasely Day 1,687, 00:36

o7 General Synesi
I still remember my days in TC.
welcome to USAF

Civil  Anarchy
Civil Anarchy Day 1,687, 00:54

Heart-felt and informative.
Good to see you in the USAF, commander.

Titless fairy
Titless fairy Day 1,687, 02:00

Thank You for being one of us !
Thank You for Your hard work and all what You done for teammates.
You will be missed.
Good luck in Your new escapades, You will need it, believe me. ; )
Don't take all to serious, it is a bloody game, suppose to enjoy it playing it.

Dru Blood
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