Watch Your Six - "Scattered
My unit was only at 50% strength when the first general in the chain of command decided to volunteer it for this mission. He had his minions search around for other soldiers who could fill the unit up to 100% and he cast a HUGE net. I (along with 50% of the unit) was involuntarily transferred into the unit; some of the soldiers were transferred from over 400 miles away... What kind of unit integrity does that foster? The point of the reserves was having everybody in their hometown working together. Neighbors, businesspeople, teachers, and students all from the same community were part of a local unit. Well, now that this unit is deployed, what about the families? HouseholdSix just got a flyer for a picnic over 200 miles away! So much for fostering an effective family support group! My wife can't pack up SixPointFive and travel over 200 miles for a picnic. Is that her fault? No. It's the fault of the guy who decided to involuntarily transfer me 200 miles away in order to fill a unit that he shouldn't have broken in the first place.The people who decided to grab soldiers from so far away to fill this unit set us and our families up for failure. This all goes back to the recipe for disaster that the reserve generals cooked up in the post 9/11 world.