Navy Reserve AT story,
We (Navy) were doing a joint exercise with the Army "in the field". The previous fall we had one with the Marines and a host nation. It went flawless and was a good time. We fly in Friday and report Saturday morning. Chief said he was going to the base we were doing this exercise out of the next day to see what our living conditions were going to be like for the next 12 day. He said we should have tents, showers, and cots and everything will be operational when we get there all we have to do is move in and survive off the MRE's for lunch. Breakfast and Dinner will be hot meals. We were told to be at the JOC in the field by 0700 Monday and we were free to do whatever we wanted till then. (Background my unit has people from all over the US that flys in for AT's and mandatory drill weekends and a handful of locals. We also get rental cars for the most part.)
I am in charge of 4 guys and getting them at the JOC on time. Two of us E-4 and below have cars, me being one of them. I am driving with one passenger, one had a brother/cousin (in the army) at the base we are going and the other is driving himself. Monday morning rolls around 0640 and there was only 4 of us Navy guys there and no leadership or Army. I try to get in contact with the other 2 guys I'm in charge of one was a few min behind due to traffic and the other nothing, not responding to any text or calls. I was freaking out a little because he was getting picked up by some family member and I had no idea where he even was. Slowly we start to see people arriving and by 0730 we have all the lower enlisted but one. Que ass chewing by Chief. He eventually arrives by 0845 by I wasn't present for what was said about that.
Still that morning we are all outside under the July sun waiting for Army because unlike what we were told, the tents were standing but the only one with A/C hooked up was the JOC, the tents didn't have floors or even cots in them, and there were no showers. Chief was non-stop looking for anyone that had a clue who was in charge or had a clue what was going on. Turned out the floors and cots were locked up in a conex box and nobody knew who had the key. Chaos in the eyes of my Chief who was fuming at this point because we had been twirling our thumbs for 3 hours waiting around for someone with answers.
The Army had 1 guy who was a corporal trying to setup everything for the tents. Poor kid looked like he hadn't slept in days. This command was so top heavy there were 8 soldiers in charge of tents, generators, comms, ECP, cooking and that was just their collateral duties. Our leadership was pissed so the 8 or so of us lower enlisted were thrown in to supplement their numbers. There was so much complaining it was unbelievable. The showers were a golf course bathhouse 1/3 of a mile from our tents. My Senior Chief refused to sleep in the tent and so did the officers so they all got hotels or drove home.
Once we got our living quarters "livable" and a/c units running to all of the tents Chief let us go to the nearby town and get grub and throw a few back while the brass has their meeting. We had just finished dinner when I got the call from my Chief, "Have you had anything to drink yet?"
Me, "No." Wrong answer.
Chief, "Okay since you are our only qualified RTO I need you to come back. We have to have 24/7 watch in the JOC for our green gear, tag your it."
Awesome, I gotta sit in a freezing tent with nothing to do and have to stay awake for another 12 hours before I get relieved. It was a long quite night but I crashed hard when I got relieved.
We at least had cars to drive to the gym or showers or went fishing. Those Army guys were stuck walking everywhere. I will say we were thanking our lucky stars that we choose the Navy instead of the Army that AT.