Army Strong and Army S-L-O-W

This weekend, Soldier Son’s name was in the paper. It said that he was scheduled to be deployed soon to an undisclosed location. It was nice of them to recognize my son’s efforts by sending the news item to our local paper. Thing is, Soldier Son has been overseas almost five months now. However, this is pretty quick response time for the Army. Like all government run operations, the paperwork is overwhelming and the inefficiency is astounding. I am not talking about the soldiers themselves. They are well-trained for battle and most are extremely dedicated. I am talking about the bureaucracy and paper pushing required to do almost anything.

They promise you a lot of perks when you sign up. But they don’t tell you what a battle it will be to try to claim them. Everything requires about a dozen forms with signatures, and there is no definitive place to find out exactly which form you need to request what you need. Then you have to hunt down the right people to sign it. If you’re lucky, you may have access to an admin specialist that can point you in the right direction. But even then, you fill out the paperwork and wait. And wait. And wait.

So one son, who has recruited 3 people and was promised $2000 per recruit, waited over a year to get just one half of just one of the amounts owed. This was after countless calls and e-mails. The other son, who was promised total school loan repayment, has gotten about a fifth of it finally paid after well over a year and a bunch more paperwork. I don’t know when they plan on paying the next chunk, because that paperwork was filed ages ago. They supposedly have a great savings plan for our active duty soldiers to enroll in but then again, it must be really hard to sign up for because Soldier Son gave up and instead is going to try his luck investing online like the rest of us poor civilian schmucks.

Our soldiers work so hard. They should not have to bend over backwards to get what they’ve earned. Especially when you’ve got assholes on Capitol Hill not working at all, but getting handed so much money that they don’t deserve.

2 Responses to “Army Strong and Army S-L-O-W”

  1. 1 maryjo June 23, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    There’s also “Army Wrong”


  2. 2 mamaneeds2rant June 23, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    My post is only dealing with the sometimes frustrating bureaucracy involved in everyday life, which includes life within the military. It in no way is a political put down of our government, our soldiers, or the need for our country to protect itself from outside threats or danger. In fact, people that do not appreciate the opportunities and freedoms we enjoy because of the bravery of our military should perhaps leave our fair land and go live somewhere else where they have no rights.

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