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i get so mad…

Communication in the army sucks…. SUCKS!!  I don’t know if it is the caliber of people, or the way we are trained, or just certain people.   But it is close to implossible to get  a straight answer to a simple question.  Yesterday, I emailed my unit admin with some basic questions (it was actually a second email sent with the same question since the first wasn’t answered).  She emailed me back with the most confusing email… I wasn’t sure if I had to report to my unit on Saturday or Monday and she contradicted something she had previously told me.  I was so confused and so upset… if I had to be there Saturday, I would have to leave Friday (I live 6 hours away from my unit).  That would change and ruined a lot of plans, not to mention really affect how much packing and planning I got done before I left.  I sent her a very quick, pert email asking her to clarify and stating that I was very confused.  I was so upset that I ended up getting very little done last night, and I have a LOT to do!!

This morning, she responded, but still did not clearly answer my questions and proceeded to insult me by questioning my reasons for joining the army!!  First of all, that is not her business.  Second, how does that become part of a conversation about when to report?

I was sooo mad, I just wanted to call her and tell her that SHE made me not want to be part of the unit.  Luckily, she didn’t answer…   I did get a chance to talk to her later and clear things up.  I also slyly added that I was excited to get to NJ and that it would all be an adventure. 

That is only one instance of bad communication in the army.  The same communication issues were rampant in training, and they weren’t even over email!!  It is definitely something the military needs to work on.   I hope that is something I can possibly have  a hand in.

P.S. Dave says he is not amused [at my blogging].  GO CUBS GO!!!


April 28, 2009 at 11:00 pm 2 comments

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