Originally Posted By DayBlueZ:
I am so sick of hearing, "sorry I didn't respond, sorry it wasn't mailed on time, sorry I had to get my wife to mail it, blah, blah, blah, because I'm in the military and I got called in for duty" This is a BS lame excuse to use for being lazy. If you're active and suspect you could be spooled up, don't put you stuff online (besides, if your active duty, why are you selling all of your gear?) or have someone (with common sense) else look after the ad (properly, might I add) If you get activated, all it takes is 2 min to edit your ad saying "everything is on hold due to military duty" Not everyone on this board is active military. I understand that some are. But, most are not. I highly doubt anyone on here is secret black ops that gets picked up in their backyard by a helo 3 min after the call. That dog don't hunt. Rant over......
1) Just because they are selling gear doesn't make it their issue equipment. Some items do not get turned in at the end of a tour. If CIF doesn't have it on your records they don't want it back because it screws up their count.
2) In regards to "getting spooled up..." , sometimes you can't even guess that it will happen. Less than a year ago I had less than 36 hours to get ready for a month-long stint away from the house. And no, I'm not in the secret squirrel clan. No plan survives first contact. I usually quote our old division commander during Desert Storm..."There are no flights on Christmas Day". Guess what day I flew on?
3) Secret squirrel ops, you're correct. Usually doesn't happen with O-dark30 BS mission calls. Refer back to #1.
Failures for communications are on the individual. Stuff does happen that is beyond the control of individual service members. Timelines get changed due to flight changes, due to others becoming non-deployable, because of piss poor leadership. Those are the things beyond control of the individual service member. You say don't deal on here? You going to tell every LEO that got called up for duty in Boston FU and don't deal here because they got called up? You say have someone else manage your ad properly? I love my wife with all my heart. She is smarter than most. And I wouldn't trust her to manage my ads for one, single, solitary reason. SHE IS NOT ME. And she is the only one I'd have do it. My buddies got my six. I manage my ads.
There are those that will use the military as an excuse to get out of a deal. And there are those that have legitimate situations arise. Although the "most are nots" get to use the wife, significant other, child, AC, car, pet, etc, as their excuse, you aren't on them right now. So why not say sick of all excuses instead of targeting one group. I'm trying with all my might to be as cordial as possible here. Not trying to trade barbs. Not wanting to get into a pissing contest. I'm just laying this out there. Yes, we are not the majority of the population on here in arfcom. Just like we aren't the majority of the population of America.
Communications is key to everything here.