Donald Sensing, Bill Hobbs, and Andrew Olmstead tag team the specious Bush Awol charges, with Hobbs providing the background, Sensing officially devestating Mark Kleiman’s partisan and ham-handed defense of Wesley Clark and Michael Moore, and Olmstead providing his own personal antecdotes about paperwork and the Reserve/National Guard component.
To add to Olmstead’s anecdotes about paperwork in the National Guard, here are some experiences I had while in the Guard/Reserve component:
– I received three batteries of shots that are supposed to be administered once every ten years or so, because my shot records kept coming up missing.
– I was not paid numerous times throught my Guard tenure.
– I was deployed for my two week annual training with the unit in Fort Dix, upon arrival it was discovered that no orders had been cut for me, so I went back home, only to learn that the orders had been found and I had to re-deploy.
– It took over a year from my separation from my unit to receive my honorable discharge.
– My DD Form 214 is still, to this date, incorrect, with several awards not noted.
-Every semester as an undergrad, the paperwork for my tuition waiver was lost, so halfway through the semester I was dropped from all my classes. I would then have to go back at the end of the semester, when the waiver was finally found, and re-register for the classes I had already taken and then get grade modifications filled out by the professors. EVERY SEMESTER.
– A promotion was delayed six months while various levels of the National Guard bureaucracy debated whether or not I had in fact attended PLDC. My CO was convinced. I showed him my diploma and pictures, but the official paperwork was not to be found.
Mark Kleiman is really out of his league on this one.