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Steve,

I have to agree with you on this one.  My husband was in the Army from
1972 until 1975, and is currently in the Air Force Reserves.  The only
record he still has from his Army days is his DD Form 214, which he
still has a need for on occasion.  Being a records manager for the Army,
and having inspected the recordkeeping system of reserve units that have
been assigned to our Command, it's not surprising that records are
missing.  I also noticed that one of the documents presented on the news
regarding President Bush's service was a Memorandum for Record (MFR).
If it was indeed a MFR, they are not usually part of the official
personnel record.  I have recorded many MFRs, which have a short-term
retention.  The primary purpose was to record an event, in case action
was needed to be taken at a later date, but 35 years later is not the
intent on the use of a MFR.

My 2 cents worth.

Judy K. Tyler, CRM
Records Management Officer
Information Management Division
USA MEDDAC
Fort Hood, TX  76544-4752
(254) 288-8009
(DSN) 738-8009


-----Original Message-----
From: Records Management Program [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of Steven Whitaker
Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2004 10:59 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: RAINdrip: 30 year old documents and records still tell a
tale

To my good friend and colleague Larry, and others reading this thread...

My military service was from the early 70's through the mid 70's.  Not
counting my dad's combat flight records from WWII, the only military
records I have in my possession today are my DD-214, and several medals
and the orders for those.  The ARMY and affiliated agencies may have
many records related to my military service, but I do not...; and
neither does the White House.
 My
point is that most veterans do not retain their pay stubs, old orders,
etc.
It is unreasonable to expect President Bush, Senator Kerry, or any other
military veteran, to save all their old worthless military records for
35 years
or more.  If the ARMY, or the National Guard from any state, do not do a
good job of managing records, that is the issue to address.

Best regards, Steve
Steven D. Whitaker, CRM

>>> [log in to unmask] 09/09/04 06:13AM >>>
Memos Show Bush Suspended From Flying

"The White House said in February that it had released all records of
Bush's service, but one of Killian's memos stated it was ``for record''
and another directing Bush to take the physical exam stated that it was
``for 1st Lt. George W. Bush "

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