I have some comments to make regarding the U.S. Army’s lack of organization.
My son started his trip to Bosnia (courtesy of the U.S. Army) in February of this year as a psychological warfare soldier. In mid-July, he had more than 10 days of leave to come home so he purchased his plane tickets. In his travels from one point to another somebody forgot to schedule a plane for these fellows to fly home on! When he finally was able to get on a plane, it landed in Baltimore, not Ft. Benning, Ga., his destination. He was on his own to get to Atlanta where his Delta flight departed from.
Now comes the end of his tour of duty. Several weeks ago, he was asked what his home destination was. As of Oct. 2 no plane tickets have been purchased to move this unit back to the states, no orders have been presented for them to travel on and of course no military transportation has been scheduled to start the unit on their trip home. All they were told was that they’ll be leaving Bosnia by Oct. 14.
Being raised as a military brat, I find this method of operation very different from years past. When you were told you were going overseas, you had ample notice to take care of whatever business needed to be resolved prior to leaving, orders were presented in advance of the departure date and transportation was all arranged. Does the Army know that this slipshod manner of organization is one of the reasons no one wants to enlist? I have another son, and I would strongly discourage him from entering the Army if he ever chose to enlist.
If this were wartime, the above actions are certainly understandable. However, this appears to be a case of lack of proper training or that everyone can do what they please when they get around to it.
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