Just thought I’d pop in and throw out a Happy Thanksgiving to all 10 of my readers! I hope everyone has a wonderful time with friends or family or both and pig out on tons of food. Be sure to toss the ball around with the boys in the yard and help momma make that feast or clean up afterwards. Then take a nap watching football with Papa. Take care all and again, Happy Thanksgiving!
I’m in the Army. Those that know me and who follow my writtings on here already know that. And for those that are in the Army or have served previously know that sometimes there come those occasions when you have to ask yourself, “Are you freaking kidding me?”
Every organization has it’s stupid policies and the Army…….(laugh to myself)……is no exception.
Usually during Physical Training (PT) formation, the Platoon Sergeants (PLT Daddy’s/Momma’s) put out pertinent information that relates to our daily activities. Make sure you make it to this promotion ceremony on Friday. Don’t forget to donate to Toys for Tots©. All leave forms need to be in by such and such date…..etc. This morning’s information was a gem.
When we formed up and were waiting for 1SG to take charge of the company and fall us in, he called the PLT Sergeants to the back to brief them on today’s announcements. When our PLT Daddy came back, he did his duty to tell us the most ridiculous piece of crap that I could stand to take at 0530 on a Monday morning.
Everyone knows that the H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine is being distributed nationwide and it will soon be available here on Fort Gordon. Now, the seasonal flu shot is mandatory and there is no getting out of it. It seems that it’s no different with the Swine Flu shot. Apparently we are on 24 hour “recall” with regards to the Swine Flu shot.
Are you kidding me?
Since when do Army units implement the 24 hour recall for a damn vaccine shot? Especially when 99.9999999% of the people in the Army aren’t in the danger zone (i.e. small children and senior citizens). From what I’ve been hearing and the research I’ve been doing, the H1N1 virus affects those demographic groups the most. Most of the soldiers I know in the Army are 1)between the age of 25 and 40, 2)are physcially fit, and 3)aren’t in the medical support field. This pretty much tells me that there are a lot more people out there that should get the shot than those of us that are in my unit. I find it absolutely ridiculous that they would put us on some gay alert for that shot.
There was once upon a time in the Army when personnel would go on alert for legitimate reasons such as cold war exercises and terrorist threat exercises. But since this unit can’t seem to find any good reason to waste our time properly, this seems to fit the bill quite nicely. I, for one, am going to refuse to take the shot as much as I can without getting in too much trouble. I’m not in any target demographic and I don’t feel that the shot will do much to ward off the infection. But that’s my opinion. If you decide to get the shot, by all means, get it. I just think it’s ridiculous that they put us on 24 hour alert for something that I don’t think we need.