posted on Aug, 20 2010 @ 03:38 AM
Let's say I die tomorrow in an accident here in Korea. I come here with my medical record (as we are required to). The admin office also lost my
record about a year ago. There's my ESR on NSIPS, but it's hardly updated like it should be, and rarely reflects anything that's happened within
the past year.
I am a member of the ATS forum and have been critical of the administration and some of the policies in effect.
There's the making for a good story - but the two are unrelated. Records get lost and misplaced in the military. It's hardly what one would call
'organized.' Certainly, it does not live up to ATS-community standards of what the military should be like (some sort of ruthlessly efficient
machine with omniscience regarding its members).
I was a member of ATS before joining the military - and, it's nothing like I had envisioned it. In all likelihood, the paperwork was lost or -
shockingly - not in the leaked reports to begin with (as it would not be the place to look for them).
There are plenty of people in the military who are very outspoken on various issues and on various sides of the debate. It's no secret. Some of
them agree to interviews (when they really shouldn't - the media gets a shot of someone in a uniform talking politics and the country goes ape# ) on
Additionally, friendly fire happens quite often. Accidents happen. People get caught up in them. As much as I would like to believe -someone- has
some kind of omniscient knowledge of what is going on in the military - it's simply not the case. It's a human organization that does the best it
can with what it's given (which is often little of what is needed and too much of "what the hell are we supposed to do with that?!").
And as much as we Americans like to think we are instantly distinguishable from the rest of the world - we look a lot like any other gook stalking
around with a rifle from a distance. Unfortunately, we've yet to perfect a technology that allows us to tell our guys: "Don't shoot him,
There's a saying among Murphy's Laws of Combat: "The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire."