I have decided on a serial discussion of military recruiting from a first hand basis. I want to explore many of the technical problems and systematic flaws inherent, and the myths of whom we advertise to etc.
I shall begin with the first installment, on the package.
Part I: the package
After someone sits down and says that they are one hundred percent sure they wish to join my beloved crotch, the recruiters need to begin the actual paperwork. While there are many many parts to it, the whole of it, put together into a neat envelope, with all supporting doccuments, is called the package.
Lets just understand the size of the wad that goes into this envelope
First there are the accessory documents that are neccessary for the day before.
They are the 680 and 2807 forms, which consist of a request for examination,(in order to take the ASVAB) , and the medical prescreening form. combind total, 5 pages
Then once they are prepared to take the test, and we get ready to enlist them (as you will see later, no one takes the test unless they have stated they are going to enlist), we start the main package
First the 680, which states intention to join, and has the famous page four statment, in which we note down all the little discrepancies that need to be noted in someones records. these generally come in the form of signed statements of understanding, saying that you will take all your injections like a good boy, and that your wife won't complain to the press because she isn't getting money from you while you are in boot camp. Also, there is a section for your parents to sign if you are 17 and they hate you enough to let uncle sam adopt you. total 5 pages.
Education Verification (edvers for short) : one page, two copies. two more pages.
Police record check: two pages, two copies, for another four.
Then come the supporting documents. If a man is single, we need his high school diploma, and his social security card, and his green card, and his birth certificate. And if he is married we need his wife's birth certificate too. And did i mention we need at least three copies of each? 20 more pages.
background checks: the dreaded sf 86, with 48 questions about every facet of your life short of who you slept with last night. an applicant fills out the first 5-6 pages with all the places he has lived, lernt and worked, who bore and weaned him (and whom he may have begat), and half a dozen people who can confirm all of the above. this, with all the parts aswered, and including the ending information release consent forms and signature pages, and the seperate cover page (oneform for citizens and one for non), runs about sixteen pages. of course if the person has several releltives, a long employment record, and lived i na whole bunch of houses over the previous seven years (the extent of the scope of possible investigation), then it can go to 20 pages. and for some bizare reason, we need not three but for copies of thsi form. total, 75 pages (and up up up).