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    Latest AF Guidance on the Sequester

    Here's the 11 Mar 13 memo from the VCSAF and USecAF. Converted a scanned pdf into word in order to post it here, so I apologize if there are "typos" from the conversion. I tried to catch them all. Also, this is an update to a memo sent out previously so you may notice reference to "future" dates that have now already passed.

    Quote Originally Posted by VCSAF and USecAF

    Mar 11 2013

    MEMORANDUM FOR ALMAJCOM/CC

    SUBJECT: Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) Sequestration Guidance/Change #1

    References:
    1. 28 Feb 2013 USecAF & VCSAF memorandum "Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) Sequestration
    Guidance"
    2. 10 Jan 2013 DSD memorandum "Handling Budgetary Uncertainty in Fiscal Year 2013"
    3. 5 Mar 2013 USD (Comptroller) memorandum "Additional Guidance for Handling
    Budgetary Uncertainty in Fiscal Year 2013"
    4. 21 Feb 2013 OASD Total Force Management and Budgetary Uncertainty
    5. 15 Feb 2013 AF IT Spending Memo
    6. 20 Feb 2013 AF Furlough Guidance
    7. 13 Feb 2012 SAF/AA Memo, Suspension of Top Secret Periodic Reinvestigations

    On 1 March 2013, we expect to absorb over $12B in sequestration reductions while we simultaneously work to mitigate an OCO shortfall of approximately $1.8B and operate under a highly restrictive Continuing Resolution. A reduction of this magnitude would be devastating to our mission and our people, but, since it appears sequestration cannot be avoided, we must take further actions to significantly slow spending to operate within mandated budget limitations. Implementation of these actions should be structured as best possible to minimize short- and long-term harm to our people and our unit readiness, recognizing that major impacts cannot be entirely avoided. This guidance applies to the Total Force.

    As a reminder and to assist you in making mission critical determinations, OSD directed protection of the following programs throughout the year:

    • Fully protect funding for wartime operations
    • Fully protect Wounded Warrior programs
    • To the extent feasible, protect programs most closely associated with the new defense strategy '
    • To the extent feasible, protect family programs

    Continuation of Near Term Actions Directed in 14 January 2013 Memorandum

    • Conduct a thorough review of all OCO requirements and identify potential reductions which will not impair wartime operations such as delaying asset reconstitution and incrementally funding OCO contracts.
    • Civilian hiring restrictions remain in place to include a hiring freeze, immediate elimination of temporary employees and not renewing term hire employees with exceptions for mission-critical activities and when appropriate in terms of personnel timing. See attachment 1 for guidance on Total Force Management.
    • Cancel all temporary duties that are not mission-critical, such as attendance at or hosting of conferences and symposia (such as functional conferences), staff assistance visits and training seminars.
    • Cancel ongoing and scheduled studies that are not congressionally directed or mission critical. Further Action: SAF/LL and SAF/FMBL will engage with Congress, as appropriate, to seek relief or delay approval for congressionally directed studies.
    • Limit supply purchases to essential FY13 consumption (e.g., flying hour bench stock) and stop minor purchases that are not mission-critical such as furniture, and unit equipment.
    • Given the current budget uncertainty, the Air Force Chief Information Officer, SAF/CIO A6, further directed immediate actions to minimize IT expenditures to only mission* critical capabilities. Specific actions are outlined in the CIO Policy Directive Memorandum, Subject: Near-Term Guidance on FY13 Information Technology (IT) Spending dated 15 Feb 13 (attachment 2). The actions are intended to ensure planned mission-critical purchases are aligned and directly support the transition to enterprise* wide IT services to realize long-term cost savings and mission effectiveness.
    • Defer all non-emergency Facility Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization (FSRM) projects to include Dormitory and Energy Focus Funds. Installations should continue to work with local contracting offices to gather low bids and provide funds requests to the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC). Projects may be funded later in the year if funding becomes available. Emergency requirements should be coordinated with AFCEC using the established process for Emergent Requirements (POC: AF/A4/7C).
    • Where practical, de-obligate/incrementally fund contracts to encompass only FY13 activity (examples include but are not limited to base maintenance contracts, advisory and assistance services contracts, custodial contracts, etc.).
    • Review contracts for possible descoping or other long term cost savings.

    Exceptions for Continued Near Term Actions

    Limited exceptions for the continuation of these near-term actions may be made for mission critical activities and civilian positions as determined by appropriate senior officials. Requests for exceptions shall be approved by MAJCOM Vice Commanders, the Deputy Director of the Air National Guard, DRU Commanders, and by SAF/AA for the HAF portfolio. Previous delegation of waiver authority will no longer be permitted effective 1 March 2013.

    Additional Actions Required due to Implementation of Sequestration

    In the event sequestration occurs, additional, wide-ranging and dramatic actions are required to ensure the Air Force operates within the new FY13 top-line. We direct the immediate implementation of the following actions in the event sequestration is triggered on 1 March 2013.

    Civilian Personnel (POC: AF/A1)

    Civilian Furloughs:
    • Follow the guidance found at attachment 3. Please read the attached guidance closely. The authority to approve the very few exceptions to furlough cannot be delegated below the MAJCOM Vice Commanders, the Deputy Director of the Air National Guard (ANG),DRU Commanders, or SAF/AA for the HAF portfolio. ANG will follow guidance provided by NG-J1-TN.
    • It is also important to emphasize you may not use premium pay (compensatory or overtime) to offset furloughs, either to make up for lost work or to make up for lost pay. Premium pay is not authorized unless it is part of an employee's normal pay (such as an employee who regularly earns a night shift differential). Beyond that, premium pay is only authorized when it is necessary to provide safety of life or property, but only to the minimum extent needed to protect life or property (i.e., firemen or emergency responders working over their regular shift due to an emergent situation that arises on their shift).
    • To reiterate, except in the above circumstances, supervisors will not approve and civilian full-time employees will not work any hours in excess of their normal duty day. Part* time employees will have their furloughs pro-rated IAW 5 CFR 752. You may not request the furloughed employee work overtime nor may you ask another civilian who is not furloughed to compensate for the furloughed employee's lost productivity by working overtime.

    Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) guidance:
    • All centrally-funded "must move" civilian PCSs will continue, to include overseas returnees, CDE placements, SES moves, priority placements, and centrally-funded career broadener, Palace Acquire, & Copper Cap placements.
    • Centrally-funded civilian career moves/that are discretionary will be significantly reduced as a result of sequestration. A strategic pause is anticipated for these discretionary moves; guidance will be provided by AFPC.
    • Locally funded civilian PCSs can be approved at the discretion of the local commander.

    Education and Training (POC: AF/A1)

    Education and training guidance:
    • All HQ AF leadership development courses scheduled through Apri12013 will be cancelled with exceptions for courses with non-recoverable tuition. HQ AF/A1 will evaluate subsequent classes on a monthly basis and assess the impact on our Total Force officer, enlisted, and civilian Airmen.
    • Third quarter attendance at short-term TDY professional military education (PME), e.g., SOS, CALT, NCO Academies will be reduced. Specific guidance will be provided by AF/A1.
    • The AF will support DoD and Joint education and training consistent w/OSD guidance.
    • Due to the current fiscal challenges, Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is suspended effective immediately. The suspension applies to all Active Duty and Reserve Airmen and will remain in effect during the current fiscal situation. Airmen will no longer be permitted to submit new requests for Tuition Assistance through the AF Virtual Education Center nor the AF Automated Education Management System. Airmen currently enrolled with an approved tuition assistance form are not affected and will be allowed to complete current course enrollment(s). Airmen can continue to access their GI Bill benefits, either the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) or the Post 9/11 GI Bill as applicable, or use another funding source (i.e. grants, scholarships, or state Tuition Assistance for the Air National Guard). Airmen are encouraged to contact their local education center for additional information. Updated information will be posted on the AF Virtual Education Center website located on the AF Portal.

    The following education and training is considered mission critical and will continue under sequestration:
    • Long-term professional military education (military and civilian attendance), all pre-command training and CSAF mandated training, initial skills training, pre-deployment expeditionary skill training, and functional skills training as required by law.

    Flying Hours (POC: AF/A3/5)

    Operational leaders at all levels of command are charged with preserving readiness to the maximum extent possible in these difficult circumstances. Due to compressed planning timelines and the-unprecedented nature of sequestration cuts, we remain concerned about unanticipated second and third order effects on flying hour program execution and readiness. To mitigate this risk, operational leaders will ensure coordination across functional lines. In particular, civilian furloughs and weapon systems sustainment cuts (to include simulator sustainment) will significantly impact our ability to effectively execute flying hours or maintain operational competencies and must be taken into account. Readiness impacts will be severe and long-term under the best of scenarios; we must do everything in our power to avoid compounding negative effects through inefficient implementation.

    Effective immediately, AF O&M flying hours will be used primarily to prepare for and execute approved named operations, SecDef-ordered missions and deployments, nuclear deterrence operations, POTUSNPOTUS/CCDR travel, Continuity of Government/Operations, and initial training, to include Formal Training Units. Units preparing for and executing these missions will be allocated appropriate flying hours to remain mission ready or gain mission ready status prior to deployment.
    • Units not preparing for or executing these missions will follow MAJCOM guidance to preserve critical capabilities and readiness to the extent possible. This may result in ceasing operations at a number of units and tiered readiness beginning in March. In many cases, this will result in units having to stand down for prolonged periods, which will severely degrade readiness. For example, we anticipate more than half of our AD CAF units will reach this point by mid-May. MAJCOMs will build reconstitution plans to best posture Airmen for returning to fly in FY14, while ensuring these units maximize training opportunities (e.g. simulators, part task trainers, academics) during the down period.
    • Not all SecDef approved missions will be supported. AF/A3/5 will coordinate with MAJCOMs and Joint Staff through Global Force Management processes to provide detailed guidance.

    The following flying hour actions are effective immediately upon sequestration (1 March 2013) unless already in execution or otherwise noted:
    • To support emphasis on initial qualification training, we recognize advanced flying training (e.g., instructor upgrade, "TX" transition courses) may be severely impacted, to include Weapons Instructor Courses. MAJCOMs retain authority on specific termination dates and may approve waivers/exemptions required to allow completion of training/courses currently in execution or those deemed mission critical.
    • Cancel O&M funded USAF exercises and AF flying participation in all other exercises, unless required for deployment spin-up.
    • Cancel all air shows, tradeshows, flyovers, orientation flights, heritage flights, and demonstration flights (includes funeral and all military graduation flyovers). Cancel all Thunderbird demonstration team events, effective 1 April 2013.
    • Cancel all installation open houses unless event includes only local assets and can be supported within available local funding.
    • Lead MAJCOMs will continue to manage programs and make flying hour allocations/reductions based on supported missions.
    • For senior leader airlift support, the Air Force will continue to support White House directed missions and DOD required users (IAW DODD 4500.56). For Congressional travel, the Air Force will strictly adhere to DODD 4515.12 unless waivered by OSD-LA and expects there to be a significant reduction in available aircraft. All other senior leader military airlift support will continue to adhere to existing processes in AFI 24-101, but on a very restricted basis and with reduced aircraft available.
    • AF/CV is waiver/exception-to-policy authority for events listed above. Only mission critical events will be approved. Approvals will not result in increased flying hour allocation from the Air Staff; funding must be sourced from MAJCOM/Lead MAJCOM flying hours. Route requests through A3/5, to include event name, date(s), rationale, cost, and number of assets (personnel and aircraft) dedicated to support the event. For public aerial events, route questions through SAF/PA.
    Continued in next post......

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    Latest AF Guidance on the Sequester (continued)

    Continued....

    Quote Originally Posted by VCSAF and USecAF

    Weapon System Sustainment (POC: AF/A4/7)

    Utilizing the 24 January 2013 Centralized Asset Management (CAM)/Executive Committee approved briefing data all weapon system sustainment fund holders will begin to execute planned sequestration actions to cover the worst case scenario reductions. Establish regular reporting of workload not accomplished and workload in danger of not getting funded in next report. Workload previously identified for deferral will not be initiated unless an equal dollar value offset is provided from within the relevant fund holder's portfolio. MAJCOMs and the AF Life Cycle Management Center will review war ready engine levels to determine where additional risk can be taken based on flying hour reductions. Program offices will continue to review activities to find potential savings and will continue to report impacts to contracts supporting weapon system sustainment (e.g., Contractor Logistics Support contracts) and depot maintenance workload. Ensure minimum impact to contingency operations efforts and protect the pilot production pipeline in accordance with stated priorities. In addition, sustainment prioritization efforts should protect aircrew readiness capability through favorable consideration of aircrew training device and simulator operations and maintenance contracts. As current mission requirements and warfighter priorities are reassessed, major adjustments to the previously reviewed plan will be vectored through the CAM Governance Structure.

    Air Force Working Capital Funds (AFWCF) (POC: SAF/FMBMR)

    The AFWCF will experience immediate and severe impacts caused by sequestration. Initial assessments indicate AFWCF 'Blue' cash will be depleted to a negative $772 million balance by the end of FY2013. Coupled with projected Transportation WCF (TWCF) losses, the overall AFWCF cash balance could drop below negative $1 billion. Without additional action, this will cause an Anti-Deficiency Act violation, which must be avoided. Cost control measures within the AFWCF are critical to minimize losses; however, we understand that AFWCF activities may not be able to achieve sufficient cost reductions in the near term to off-set cash losses of this magnitude. With that in mind, we direct AFMC to take immediate actions to help mitigate the expected negative cash balance. Additionally, we direct AFMC to identify the month in which negative AFWCF 'Blue' cash and/or negative available budgetary resources will occur and to project the 'cash surcharge' required to prevent losses in total and by month. We will request that TRANSCOM also work to reduce costs and provide maximum possible insight into its cash position. SAF/FMB and AF/A4/7 will collaborate with AFMC and TRANSCOM to engage USD(C), OMB and the Congress in an effort to secure support for required mitigating actions to address any remaining shortfall in AFWCF. External support needed to prevent ADA violation may include restoral of readiness accounts, implementation of cash surcharges, and/or reprogramming funds from investment appropriations.

    Investment Accounts (POCs: SAF/AQ, SAF/FMBI)

    SAF/AQ and SAF/FM will issue funding restrictions at the appropriation level and program ceiling level that assume worst case impacts as a result of combined continuing resolution and sequestration effects. This could have the impact of an across the board reduction of 10% to every program against the planned FY13 funding levels. Our ability to smooth programmatic impacts will be entirely dependent on the degree of funding flexibility we get with associated continuing resolution or appropriation language. As a result, we must have visibility of continuing resolution less sequestration reduction baselines at the program level and any proposed movement of funds between program line items. Additionally, any anticipated contract, modification or task/delivery order award using appropriated investment funding, with a value (not obligation) of $500M or more must be coordinated with AT&L before award. Requests for AT&L coordination shall be sent to SAF/AQX. SAF/AQX will ensure Air Force coordination and will staff the package to AT&L for approval. As a reminder, this AT&L coordination requirement is for investment dollars only and excludes FMS, sustainment, services acquisitions, and award of basic multiple award ID/IQ contracts. Investment OCO obligations should be deferred until further notice; request for exception may be submitted to SAF/AQ and SAF/FM. Assume you will execute the sequestration plans you submitted to SAF/AQXR until further notice; this includes preserving unobligated prior year balances identified to pay sequestration bill. Lastly, programs must adhere to guidance provided in this memorandum reducing studies, program management administrative and other contract costs. If our budget continues to decline, the Air Force will make strategic decisions to prioritize modernization programs to support the defense strategy and current readiness.

    Guidance for all Air Force Activities

    Based on actual sequestration reductions, you will receive updated budget bogeys when they are available. For planning purposes, you should plan for the worst case, using the 9 Jan Top Line Reduction, Scenario 2 Bogeys. This assumes the Air Force will not receive external support for our $1.8B OCO shortfall. You are directed to take the additional actions:
    • Cancel all temporary duty travel unless directed by MAJCOM/CC or CV. Additional guidance includes:
    • MAJCOM/CCs will determine which, if any, functional and IG inspections will occur during the sequester. High priority should be given to nuclear-related inspections.
    • The following TDYs are considered mission critical and approved as they support critical corporate Air Force functions: Promotion boards, command selection boards, special selection boards, force management/force-shaping boards pre- and post-board activities, and development teams supporting school and command selection only. Development Team meetings supporting school and command selection should be considered on-site TDYs, unless agreement is reached with AFPC in advance to conduct them virtually.
    • Safety and Accident Investigation Boards are approved travel.
    • Travel for promotion/retirement/award ceremonies or banquets is NOT approved. Speaker participation in wing/group commander courses should not require travel, but be executed by VTC, DCO or other technology.
    • Travel to attend AETC hosted technical or follow-on training courses is approved, but attendees must confirm the course will continue as scheduled.
    • SAF/IA will provide minimum required support to international events.
    • Cancel or defer all AF-hosted conferences and attendance at Non-Federal Entity (NFE) hosted conferences, seminars and symposia. Local attendance at an NFE event is allowed only if there is no cost to the Air Force. Previously delegated conference approval authority is rescinded. Request exemptions through the existing conference approval process for SAFIUS approval. Cancellation includes individual speaker travel if at AF expense. (All "gifted" travel must be approved by SAF/GC and reported annually.) Conference attendance for medical readiness training and annual chaplain ecclesiastical endorsement events will be allowed after review through the conference approval process.
    • No spouse travel will be approved at AF expense, except for required pre* command training (eg., squadron, group, wing pre-command courses). However, CSAF, VCSAF, and MAJCOM commander spouse travel is authorized for the purpose of base visits (and only base visits) when the visit has a robust spouse agenda, the spouse is accompanied by the active duty member, and MILAIR is available. No commercial travel is authorized and all travel must be at no cost to the AF.
    • The funding for patient travel reimbursement for referred medical care (to include Non-Medical Attendants where spouses may fill that role) is determined by law and regulation, and is managed at the Health Affairs level. Medical personnel will ensure all patient travel is carefully monitored and appropriate; however, it is exempted from the requirement of MAJCOM CC or CV review/approval.

    • Implement additional reductions where possible to Science Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA); Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS); Final System Design Review (FSDR); Contract Military Equivalents (CME) contracts by end of fiscal year or period of performance if earlier than Oct 1, 2013.
    • Reference SAF/AA Memorandum, Suspension of Top Secret Periodic Reinvestigations 13 Feb 2013 (see attachment 4), suspend the submission of all Top Secret Periodic Reinvestigations. Suspend all Single Scope Periodic Reinvestigations (SSBI-PR) and Phased Periodic Reinvestigations (PPRs) with limited exceptions. This suspension includes the mandatory Air Force Specialty Codes requiring in-scope Top Secret investigations as found in Air Force Officer and Air Force Enlisted Classification Directories. Reinvestigations for Personnel Reliability Programs, Presidential Support Programs, Special Access Programs and personnel with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information who are in positions directly supporting the Intelligence Community will not be suspended. Additional exceptions must be approved by SAF/AAZ.

    These events are unprecedented for the Department and the USAF. As such, it is critical that we maintain very open communication lines to ensure maximum awareness of actions and consistency of application of all sequestration guidance. This will enable us to inform leadership of notable events and assist in the preparation for media/congressional inquiries. Request you provide a weekly update to the SAF/FMBP Workflow (XXXXXXXX@pentagon.af.mil) and identify any major actions/events that should be elevated to HQ AF. For example, if projected stand down of a flying unit is accelerated from previous estimates, please provide those details. Each MAJCOM should identify a command POC for submitting these reports. Negative inputs should be documented with a NSTR email to the SAF/FMBP Workflow.

    We will continue to coordinate with MAJCOMs/COCOMs on actions for consistency in application and recognize you have already implemented many of the actions above. We also realize there are many difficult decisions and trade-offs yet to be made, but they are necessary to comply with a reduction of this magnitude. We will continue working closely to communicate sequestration impacts and advocate for restoral of funding necessary to mitigate the devastating effects of sequestration. If you have questions regarding this guidance, please call Ms. XXXXXXXX, SAF/FM, at (XXX) XXX-XXXX.



    XXXXXXXXXXXX
    General, USAF
    Vice Chief of Staff

    XXXXXXXXXXXX
    Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force

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    Re: Latest AF Guidance on the Sequester

    Will any of this actually save any money? Or are these measures going to end up costing? I'm sitting here wondering whether the Sequester will serve its putative purpose, which is to reduce spending. If it does, that would mean there'd be money to return to the Treasury at some point.

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    Re: Latest AF Guidance on the Sequester

    things are going to get interesting..

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Cooler View Post
    things are going to get interesting..
    Or it'll still be business as usual...time will tell...
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    Re: Latest AF Guidance on the Sequester

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert F. Dorr View Post
    Will any of this actually save any money? Or are these measures going to end up costing? I'm sitting here wondering whether the Sequester will serve its putative purpose, which is to reduce spending. If it does, that would mean there'd be money to return to the Treasury at some point.
    And on some of these Bob......If you suspend PME (SOS, SNCOA, etc.) what are all those instructors going to be doing? For a class of 800 SOS students, there are probably 70 people supporting them at the schoolhouse. There's only so much administrative stuff that can go on (course re-writes, etc.) before they're getting paid to sit around and do nothing. And then what about lodging at those PME bases.....hundreds, no make that thousands if combined, of empty rooms means laying off a large number of lodging personnel. Trickle down effects......this sequester is "really helping" the economy.

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    Thoughts on the "Suspension of Top Secret Periodic Reinvestigations..."

    - There are a lot of exceptions listed.
    - Those people will still need a reinvestigation in FY14 or later.
    - If this was such an easy cut...do those affected even need the clearance to start with?
    Must be nice to have breakfest with family....Maintenance guys have got it made-BRUWIN

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    Re: Latest AF Guidance on the Sequester

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert F. Dorr View Post
    Will any of this actually save any money? Or are these measures going to end up costing? I'm sitting here wondering whether the Sequester will serve its putative purpose, which is to reduce spending. If it does, that would mean there'd be money to return to the Treasury at some point.
    You are exactly right. Most of these things are actually costing more money than they save. As of right now in my organization all temporary duty travel has to be approved by the commander. That means that instead of simply creating a travel order and sending it through normal routing it first has to be approved. The process to get travel approved goes like this.

    1. Fill out a request which is routed through your section (normally at least 3 people) to the commander's office.
    2. Comander's executive reviews the request to make sure enough detail is provided.
    3. At this point the request either gets sent back for more detail or passed on to commander
    4. Commander reviews request and approves (or deny)
    5. Request is routed back to requestor who can create a travel order
    6. Travel order then has to be approved by routing chain in Defense Travel System

    By this point at least 10 different people have their hands in a process that used to consist of 2-3 people. All of the people involved in this also have other tasks which are not getting accomplished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeRandomGuy View Post
    You are exactly right. Most of these things are actually costing more money than they save. As of right now in my organization all temporary duty travel has to be approved by the commander. That means that instead of simply creating a travel order and sending it through normal routing it first has to be approved. The process to get travel approved goes like this.

    1. Fill out a request which is routed through your section (normally at least 3 people) to the commander's office.
    2. Comander's executive reviews the request to make sure enough detail is provided.
    3. At this point the request either gets sent back for more detail or passed on to commander
    4. Commander reviews request and approves (or deny)
    5. Request is routed back to requestor who can create a travel order
    6. Travel order then has to be approved by routing chain in Defense Travel System

    By this point at least 10 different people have their hands in a process that used to consist of 2-3 people. All of the people involved in this also have other tasks which are not getting accomplished.
    Funny you mention it, I had moved out of Base housing and needed some help from finance to move off base. I got a loan (Advance BAH or something IIRC) from finance. Ok cool I walked the sheet around to like 23 people. Most of them just simply asked if I udnerstood it's a loan I'll pay it back, blah blah. I said yes sir/ma'am then some people wanted to talk to me about it for 20 mins...just sign it so it can get to the Commander holy shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sergeant eNYgma View Post
    Funny you mention it, I had moved out of Base housing and needed some help from finance to move off base. I got a loan (Advance BAH or something IIRC) from finance. Ok cool I walked the sheet around to like 23 people. Most of them just simply asked if I udnerstood it's a loan I'll pay it back, blah blah. I said yes sir/ma'am then some people wanted to talk to me about it for 20 mins...just sign it so it can get to the Commander holy shit.

    It is really amazing the amount of routing that needs to be done even for the most simple requests. When I was at Norfolk I learned the Navy calls their requests chits. They use them for everything from leave, to BAH requests, and just about any other personnel action. They are so common that most of the people in the chain just sign them without even reading them. One of the guys I was stationed with submitted a chit requesting a blowjob. It actually made it through 4 different people who signed it before someone actually read what it said. Luckily it stopped before the commander but it would have been hilarious if it made it that far.

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