Originally Posted by Chief Bones
He gets my sympathy - I have had my run ins with supply on many occasions and I can tell you that most of these supply types think they're little tin gods. Here you have a wounded soldier who is still suffering all sorts of pain and he is told (quite forcefully) that he can not go home until he comes up with $700 to pay for armor that was destroyed by medics while he was still on the battlefield. Then he is told that he MUST get affidavits from the individuals that disposed of the armor - -
Whatever happened to compassion and common sense? The explanation should have been sufficient to allow for a special dispensation on the part of the Supply Officer or Battalion Commander (real arse holes). Another case of the 'New Action Army' in action. (Kind of dates me doesn't it?)
I believe there is more to the story than we are getting. It is being investigated.
I have plenty of compassion, and given that the military has sought to keep me around for so many years, I would assume I have some common sense and yet, he still gets no sympathy from me.
I have had more problems that I can recount with supply, however, when I chose not to take the course of action needed to rectify the matter.... I certainly did not run home and cry to the news media. I have Marines in worse condition dealing with deeper and more expensive problems in the system than this Lt and yet, they are not crying to the news media. They are doing what needs to be done to fix the problem.
We may not like the system as it is, but it is how it is and everyone knows that is has more than its fair share of hiccups and problems. That said, he has no one to blame since he chose to pay the $700 when there were other courses of action.