I thought about making this a pit thread, but its not that aggravating. Just…well, bothersome, o me at least.
I’m going to PCS to Fort Bragg from Germany in just under 2 weeks. Now, I don’t particularly want to leave my current assignment, but orders are orders. So I’m currently trying to get my affairs together, make arrangements for my wife and three cats, ship my car, etc. But haven’t heard a peep from Bragg or the gaining unit on my orders. So I sent an email to Bragg…no reply. I sent another requesting a welcome packet. No reply yet. I talked to my Personnel administrator. He was truly shocked that no one had contacted me from Bragg. He called them Now get this…
I will try to elabotrate for non-miltary folks…usually when you PCS (go from one assignment to another) the gaining unit gives you a sponsor. someone already in the unit. That person will contact you and welcome you, help you find housing temporarily (until you can find a place) and in arrange for you to picked up at the airport.
Heres what I’m getting. NOTHING. No sponsor. The Replacement Battalion says I need to take a cab to the base. (Like I know where anything is) Despite my pinpoint assignment I have to in process at replacemet battalion. OK, fine…but what of my family? No help from the unit at all? Well, the unit says they can’t be sure i’m coming because replacement can theoritically send me to any unit? WTF? They can over rule orders from the Dpartment of the Army? Wow. They have as much power as Recruiting Command then…and Recruiting Command sucks. I’m amazed that they even want me to report to Replacement Battalion first. I’m not a new recruit…I can go to my unit and report and take care of my own stuff if someone sponsored me. I don’t need to be micromanaged with the privates. (I’m guessing I’ll meet a lot of disgruntled NCOs when I get there with the same sentiment)
Still, I’m a bit pissed. At the very least I’d expect a sponsor to help me get my affairs there in order. Its hard to PCS for anyone, but when you have a family, its really rough. how do they know I don’t have a family member with special needs? Or children that have to change schools? They don’t. They don’t even have transportation arranged for incoming soldiers! Damn, I’m a senior NCO, I can handle it, but I’d expect a bit more support. Basically they’re telling me “Well you have to report to Replacement BN at this date, but you’ve got to find it yourself. Good luck because we’re not going to help you.”. No welcome packet, no info nothin’. I made my own arrangements for a hotel on post and had to look up my own contacts for finding a temp kennel for my pets. The housing list is backed up for three months on post so I guess I have to look off post for a place to live. You know, if only I had a person that could send me info…help me situate my family…you know like a “sponsor”.
As much as it sucks I hope this is a problem just at Bragg and not other posts. I know my life is gonna suck for awhile, but I’d spare my family the suffering if I can. Man, I cannot wait to retire now. When I first joined it wasn’t a big deal to help a new guy get his shit together. Now its “you’re on your own…but you need to be here by this date.”.
My wife is right. Its time to seriously consider just getting out. This isn’t the same Army I joined. I know its stretched thin (thanks Bush) but if I’m not getting support to take care of my family why should I think I’m supported in anything else? I feel sorry for any new-to-the-army soldier right now. At least I know now…when I get there its apparently every man for himself.