Walk with me today down memory lane….
It’s June 2009, I am a 2nd Lieutenant in the Armor School acting as the Squadron’s medical officer. Every week, we have an XO Meeting, where the executive officers for the line troops come and get briefed a variety of information. It was my job to brief medical stats for the troops.
Just as I am briefing Charlie Troops stats, in walks in a brand new captain (literally, brand new, just pinned on the rank and new to the unit) and asks why the vision stats are so terrible for his troop. I told him I had no idea because all his Soldiers have to do is come to my office and let the medics do a 5 minute vision screening. I assured him that if everyone on the list showed up, the medical stats would be updated by the next meeting but the hard part is getting everyone to show up.
He tried to challenge me, saying the medics didn’t update the information fast enough or that the medics weren’t qualified enough to complete the vision screening or the website wouldn’t update or whatever but I stood my ground and told him that the real problem was troops not showing up at the coordinated time.
He promised everyone would be there and that if the stats weren’t updated, it would be a hiccup on my end not his. I rolled my eyes and said “Oookay Sir.”
And that ladies and gentleman is the first conversation I ever had with my husband.