I Need What?Rather than moving cases along in my regular docket, I spent the day drawing my combat gear. Talk about a change of pace. I use the term "combat gear" rather loosely given the slim chance of a lawyer seeing "combat". The gear however, is the same, so there you have it. This process is called "RFI" for Rapid Fielding Initiative". Bear with me here. This is a program that quickly evaluates lessons learned from the theater of operations, identifies equipment that will assist Soldiers in accomplishing their missions while maximizing safety, and then quickly acquires and issues that equipment to the Soldiers who need it.
You may now understand my reaction when I was issued an "Improved Groin Protection System". This causes me concern on a number of different levels. First, the name implies that there was a previous Groin Protection System that needed to be improved. Did it not work? In what ways did it fail? Can someone explain to me the criterion for "fail". Seriously, I think I deserve to know. A second concern quickly followed: I NEED A GROIN PROTECTION SYSTEM? I'm virtually certain that targeting that area is a foul in most sports and violates the law of war. Must we have such a thing? I don't know, but what I do know is that I'll put it on at the first hint that anyone thinks it might be a good idea to do so. I have no desire to be the first beneficiary of a "Don't ask, can't tell" policy.
As I think about it, I am filled with an even greater patriotic fervor for my Nation. How wonderful to realize that the things my country values and the things that I value are so very perfectly aligned. Thank you America. Thank you indeed.