Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Check your resources well!

Some people have so much time on their hands, they decide to create fake wikipedia articles:

No one in the military should be surprised though, because this is quite similar to how much bad gouge floats around in the Navy.

Recently, I was told that we needed to schedule some of our people for a High Risk of Isolation brief. I was familiar with this because I had been to one before, scheduled by the command a year ago. We were told that we had to pay for the briefer to come to the command, so I non-nonchalantly asked one of my petty officers to locate the reference saying we had to have the brief, so that I could justify the expenditure to the command.

Well, he looked, and couldn't find it. So I started making phone calls. Funny enough, no one but CENTCOM required the brief...and since they did the brief regularly in theater, we had no reason to pay for someone to come visit. The briefer was a bit miffed, and said it was a good idea to have it...which doesn't fly in the face of tightening budgets. The brief was canceled, and we went on our merry way.

Not checking the real references and relying on gouge nearly cost us a few hundred dollars in travel money. Check your resources often, you might be surprised to find that you do things that aren't needed.