THE U.S. ARMY SUPPLY SYSTEM |
November 02, 2008
THE U.S. ARMY SUPPLY SYSTEM
Posting date: 11/3/08
Stationed in: Iraq
Milblog: Rocinante's Burdens
The US army supply system has many advantages over that of the IA. Still, we have many problems too.
1. First, let it be known across the land that the U.S. Army lacks for nothing that is essential to winning or protecting troops' lives. We never say, "We don't have enough money" when it comes to what we need. Still, there are some things we just can't get and other things we get deluged with that we really don't need.
2. Fully half of the equipment I was issued at Fort Riley has never been taken out of the bag. And everything I was issued there was brand-spanking new. The U.S. Army bent over backwards to ensure that everyone had everything on their deployment list, and in the right sizes. That included things like wet weather gear and ponchos (if you have one, what do you need the other for?) for soldiers going to countries that are famous for not raining.
3. Since I have arrived here, my supply system has delivered in about 60 days things like high quality knives (Benchmade brand), Leathermen, and expensive flashlights (Surefire brand). None of which I would call "essential". We have no trouble at all getting as many non-essential expensive "gifts" as we want. Every week, it is like Christmas when the supply truck arrives. What is Uncle Santa bring us today?
4. We have also received some things that the previous team ordered. Things we can't identify and we don't know why the other team needed them. For instance, we received two small metal clips that are labeled "contact, electrical". We don't have a clue what they are for.
5. We also have an endless supply of "sign here" Post-it notes. We have boxes and boxes of these and no earthly use for them.
6. Some of the things we get we just have to scratch our heads, because we don't know why anyone would ask for it -- i.e. 25 cases of Lemon Pledge. We can't give most of it back. No one else wants it either.
7. Some stuff that was ordered by a previous team two years ago is now just coming in. We can't cancel orders that are already coming in. I can only imagine how much brand new stuff goes into the dumpster every month just to get rid of it.
8. We also have trouble getting some of the obscure stuff we really need. And we always get excuses like, "That is easy to get, all you have to do is fill out the proper requisition forms." We did, and we are still waiting.
9. We also get stuff that seemed like a good idea at the time, but the guy ordering it didn't read the fine print. For example, how about some rechargeable batteries -- AA, AAA, and 9v. All very useful. And some chargers to go with them. Except the chargers only work on 110v power. Iraq and U.S. bases in Iraq use 220v. OOPS!