Re: No more redundant inspections
Integrity First...guess this will be the test. MAJCOMs, NAFs (talk about redundancy and uselessness), Wing, Group, Squadron COMMANDERS need to have the stones, the backbone to permit, allow, even encourage their Airmen to honestly perform these inspections. Yes, there should be some sort of tracking program, yes units need to have a get-well plan in place, but the downside will be the arbitrary pressure applied to a unit to be 100% compliant. In all honesty, any unit that self reports higher than 80% would be suspect in my mind.
Back in the SAC days, we had a self inspection program. As a new E4 Buck Sergeant I was given the duty of the unit operations analyst. I ran the checklist and identified 2 items that were my responsibility that I was not trained to do (unusual, rare tasks that are only performed when new radars are installed or after overhaul, etc.) Anyway, I wrote myself up. About 2 months later, HQ came out for their annual inspection/visit. Looking over my self-inspection the MSgt noted that I had written myself up...He asked why I would do that...I answered because it was the right thing to do. I had since gotten training on those tasks and was fully qualified. I could have pencil whipped the inspection form, gotten the training and no one would have been the wiser.
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