I think in the army this is called reallocating equipment. A true soldier never steals parts.
posted on 12/14/2004 9:16:35 AM PST
Amen...Stealing is when you benefit yourself..
Appropriating is what you do for your mission...
The thin line is appropriating it from the right pogues...who are hoarding it....and not from those whose lives will be endangered by your actions...or from those who provide for others in matters of life and death..
Many REMFS like to hoard their supplies so they have extras for trading purposes or just because they feel its their job to keep them from getting out..the 'Silas Marner' type Supply Officer...
If you need it ...put a guard on it....should be one on it anyway...to keep the enemy out...after all we are at war and this was a war zone...
Not to mention the abandoned property rule....
These folks are being screwed by the Army...if they are thieves and sending stuff home or selling it on the black market and pocketing the profit...that is an entirely different matter
throw the book at em....
But when they are in need and the brass wont get them what they need...while the brass sits on it's fat keister enjoying all the benefits of rear eschelon living.....and hoards supplies...
Then scroungers are heroes in my book...
When I was in RVN we 'scrounged' a whole truckload of medical supplies that were ordered to be destroyed so their CO would not have to go through the hassle of figuring out the exhaustive paperwork on transferring them a zillion times just to get them to a unit that needed them...
He would not even consider just saying they were destroyed...and then just sending them along...nope they had to be destroyed because the paper work was just too darn intensive..
So we did the right thing...in spite of the Army's manual...and an obstructionist CO
Got the stuff to the unit that needed it most....the medical unit that supported my infantry unit
Our medics got what they needed to care care of combat causalities...(plus a refrigerator and a jeep :)
posted on 12/14/2004 9:34:30 AM PST
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