Recently I’ve become interested in joining the military. I’ve spoken with recruiters from all of the branches, and the Navy is one that has really interested me – they seem to have a lot of good opportunities, and I kind of like the idea of going out to sea.
Naturally, I’ve spent a good bit of time on the Navy recruiting website lately. They have an online chat, where you can speak one-on-one with a recruiter. A while back, I used the chat a couple of times, and I always ended up speaking with the same recruiter online. The guy struck me as kind of rude – his answers were very curt, and he got kind of pissy once when I asked a question comparing the Army and the Navy. One time I asked what I thought was a perfectly legitimate question about the rules for officers dating, and what the usual gender breakdown is on Navy ships (a reasonable question if you’re about to sign on for four years, and one that I’m sure has been asked before!). He gave a very abrupt non-answer and ended the chat on me!
After that, I noticed that whenever I tried to use the online chat it always told me the chat was “unavailable,” even though I was trying to use it well within its stated hours of availability. This went on for a week or so, and I was never able to logon. So I went to the Navy’s online message boards, signed up for an account so I could post, and posted a thread asking if anyone knew what had happened to the online chat – if the hours had changed, if the feature had been discontinued, or what. When I hit submit a little message popped up saying that all messages had to be reviewed before they were put on the website, which is fair enough since they have to avoid spammers and the like. A few hours later, my message showed up.
I checked back in a day or two, and since my thread hadn’t gotten any responses, I logged in again and posted a follow up asking if anyone had heard anything. Checked back a few days later, and not only had my follow up message not been posted, but where my original thread used to show that it was posted by Rodgers01, now it showed that it had been posted by “Guest.” Thinking this was strange, I tried to log on to find out what was going on, but discovered that my whole account had been deleted!!
All this time, I still couldn’t log on to the online chat. Getting suspicious, today I came to an internet cafe, and tried to log onto the chat. Voila – it’s working! I called my brother and had him try to logon to the chat on the home computer, and wouldn’t you know that it said it was unavailable!!!
Needless to say, I’m furious. I did not ask any inappropriate or unreasonable questions on either the chat or the message boards, I did not abuse or overuse the system (I had only used the online chat 3 or 4 times tops!), I was not argumentative or use foul language. Yet the only thing I can think is that I have for some reason been blacklisted. We have not changed anything about our home computer (firewall or the like) that could account for the technical difference of why I could log on to the chat a couple weeks ago, but I suddenly can’t now – and besides, that wouldn’t explain why they deleted my message board account, and censored my question.
What do you think, Dopers? Have I been blacklisted, and if so, what should I do about it?