This was cute. I wish it had been a little longer as I would have liked a little more depth, but the few flashbacks helped and I did like it.
The situation was just crappy. Why not wait till you make senior chief? Maybe push it to master chief? Stay in until thirty years and then come out at your retirement before you go home to an empty bed?
Justin was admittedly a total prick, but I almost wish we had gotten that situation from his perspective as well. Overall, I did like it, definitely would have appreciated a little bit longer story, but worth the read. "We were, what?"
"We were perfect."
I couldn't argue with that. "We were."