My friend Diane in Germany asked an excellent question – what am I doing and why.
The “what” is relatively simple: sitting at a US Army post in Georgia and processing for deployment.
The “why” is straight forward, but not obvious to those who are not military related. The Army does it this way since they are supposed to insure that everyone has completed all the mandatory training on the list, has the proper uniforms, immunizations, and qualifications. They run a one week cycle. As it is set up, people dropping in at odd times just does not work. Units do their training at home and are certified there. Individuals are another matter. It is much more sensible and cost effective to handle all individual replacements in one location. All individual replacements below the rank of general officer come here: Department of the Army civilians, active duty, reserve, National Guard and contractors.
The cut-off for health care providers is 1200 on Monday. Because I was flying from Europe, obviously I did not arrive till well after that time; translates into too late to add to this cycle.
Yes, I have not forgotten how to knit even though it has been ages since I have posted anything even remotely related to handwork.
Current scarf in progress is “Dove” by Sharon Miller adapted for fingering weight yarn (Hunterwasser Opal). The pattern is mindlessly simple and comforting – a two row pattern that is repeated six times followed by stitches casted on each end which shift the pattern over by 9 stitches. And repeat.
Images and Spam
For some reason – one image that I added to a post back in early June is still accumulating dozens of spam per day. I have no clue as to why – it is a simple picture of white clapboard houses lining a street in Stavanger.
Can any of you see a reason why this picture is a magnet for a repetitive spam relating to health care issues and products? I certainly do not have a clue.
Now you know why my 1996 summary of the place was that they were able of handling E-1 and below.
I thought you had to do something even more bureaucratic — I thought you had to check out of your past deployment in England by going to Georgia! ha ha
May you be sealed for a good, safe and healthy year.
Very necessary for one’s sanity. I understand.
I say make the most of it, especially the quiet! I think Yom Kippur starts today does it not? (It is Friday here already.) Monday will come soon enough!
I want to be on your update list. I’ll email you as well, to remind you, since you already know my email!! Happy knitting and reading while you wait.
I’m sorry I’m too far from Columbus to “rescue” you for the holiday. But at least the weather is absolutely fabulous this week and you can enjoy some of your downtime and the holiday with some wonderful southern fresh fall air.
It *is* helpful to hear the details. The flip side is what would it
cost if the Army did NOT do it this way.
Sounds particularly frustrating! Thankfully you have your knitting!
Why didn’t they allow you to arrive at a time that would have fit into their schedule??