iraqistan

2/23/2006

Amazing Days

Filed under: — lana @ 8:05 pm

If a tree fell in the forest and no one was around to hear it, would it make a sound?

Similarly, if my battalion support element ceased to operate on a day-to-day basis, would anyone notice the difference?

So my lieutenant tried to sneak me in to a levy brief today, despite the hard-fought efforts of the S1. I went to the brief and they said it was okay that I was there, but that I couldn’t stay because there was a security clearance issue. I looked at them with the blank look I have perfected by now, seeing it so regularly on the faces of others when I ask things like “Why are we laying out these tent systems for the third time in three weeks?” and “What happened to that paperwork that I submitted to you two weeks ago?” and sometimes, “What are you doing for lunch today?”

Then I called my S2. I got what I assume, being on the phone, was a blank look, given the lengthy “Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” that happened before the “Lemme go check.” Turns out that when I was told two weeks ago, when I went there in person to ask them nicely to make a phone call, that when they said, “I’ll call tomorrow” it actually meant “I will forget about that until it comes back to bite someone else in the butt and ensures they have a more difficult time of starting their outprocessing.” Silly me and my misinterpretations. How could I have been so foolish?

The days, they get more amazing as they go on. I grow convinced that not a soul at battalion level actually works. My first sergeant said they would probably not show up if they thought no one ever went up there to ask for stuff. I asked him what the point was in asking anyway, because we never got anything we asked for, and usually whatever it was would be lost in transit anyway. He thought about that for a minute before sighing deeply, lowering his head in sorrow, and shuffling off to his office.

The Army. An amazing machine.

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