Updated on October 14, 2011
Military Intelligence Is An Oxymoron
When I joined the military, my father used to make fun of me for going into the MI field. He’d tell me what an oxymoron it is. Today sort of proved that statement.
Companies are required to submit a daily status report to Battalion which provides accountability of all personnel. The DSR indicates who is on leave, pass, TDY or present for duty. It provides a status for 100% of the company. After long weekends, we have to report that all personnel have safely returned from wherever they went. Battalion demands a 100% accountability report be submitted.
Now in my mind, when I submit the DSR on that Monday or Tuesday after a long weekend stating that all my personnel are accounted for it also means that 100% of my personnel are safe and sound. But, that’s the not the case. Nope, we have to duplicate our efforts and pretty much send the same report TWICE – a DSR and a 100% accountability report. Talk about fueling the fire. I’m now 100% convinced that a lobotomy is required to ascend to battalion leadership and staff positions. No wonder I only lasted two years in mine!