There seems to be a misunderstanding on why military members are disappointed with the execution of this policy.
The DOD prefers it's members to travel in civilian clothes due to being targeted in terrorists attacks. (E.g. Frankfurt Int'l), I understand that WN doesn't fly to Germany, but most military don't control their itinerary and may fly WN to another US airport before switching airlines to Germany.
The open seating is stressful for TDYers when more than likely 24hrs earlier the member was not in a situation to check in for a decent position (multiple times I was on a Mil cargo plane until hours after check in). If they had standard military boarding like they do for families it would relieve that stress.
Also it comes off extremely disingenuous to say that the airline loves the troops with these "benefits" yet neglects to offer them regularly.
These are the reasons I actively avoid flying WN. Not to mention flying other airlines there's the occasional upgrade to first/business for status or just being military.
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