In all seriousness, I do find the lack of communication among branches of government to be-------disturbing. But I've been complaining for months about the militarization of our culture. I think this is another example thereof. The US armed forces have become clumsier, more entitled and therefore less willing and/or able to handle what should be routine PR clearances.
My jaded image of the military is of an adolescent boy used to getting his own way, bloated with fiscal fat and marred by self-image problems stemming from dubious wars, now biting the hand that feeds it. And then trying to shirk chores around the house (i.e., properly care for veterans).
By a lack of critical thinking about, and permissiveness towards, the military since at least 2001, we the people are reaping what we've sown.
That is a good way of looking at it, I remember being on my ship and requesting a new pair of boots because of a hydrolic leak. We requested many times, but I guess we were to much of a paperwork headach for the supply division to replace ours. Hydrolic fluid burns skin and is very hard to get out of the insides of boots. Anyways chemical burns I can live with I went and purchaced another pair. The thing that bother me was when we decommisioned the ship. Every department on our last voyage jettisoned everything they could find which wasn't tied down. The supply department was one of the one in charge. Brand new tools, supplies, electronics, furnature, and 2 pallets of brand new boots. All because the division officers were to lazy to sign the paperwork to send the supplies to ships who needed it (DRO). Thats our taxpayer money! sad.