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a story of when i was in the army finance company. working at the customer service counter a 1st sergeant and his short term memory.loss.

Submitted: June 04, 2018

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During my time in the Army, I was a Finance Specialist stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. I worked thru out the finance department in different sections. But the one section that I enjoyed the most was the customer service counter. It was here that the service member could come and ask question about his or her pay. For example “Why was my check smaller then it was last month?” “Did they pay me for the promotion I got?” things like that.

One day I was working the counter when this short muscular Afro-American 1st Sergeant came in though the door followed by a taller and thinner Afro-American Private with his head hanging low. The

1st Sergeant had the private take a seat while he waited in line for his turn at the counter. After about 10 minutes it was his turn. He motioned for the private to join him at the counter. I turned to the 1st Sergeant and said, “How may I help you today first Sergeant?” “Yes, I would like to know why my private did not get paid.” The tone of his voice was not gentle. “OK let’s have the private’s name and last four of his social and I will get his record and we will see.” I motioned them to take a seat while they wait. I went over to my desk and called the records department, which was at the other end of the building I was in, so it took maybe 10 minutes to get the record. I seat down at my desk and started looking over the private’s pay record. I was looking over the actions that had taken place in his record during the last month. After 15 minutes I found the answer to the question. I put a post-it and the edge of a document then added one to a document nearer to the top of the pile. I picked up the record and walk back up to the counter. I motioned the 1st Sergeant to come up and join me. As the private started to rise too I looked at him and motioned hem to stay seated, “just the first Sergeant for now” I said.

I dug down to my post-it then turned the record around so that the sergeant could see it. I covered up the signature section of the document then asked the sergeant “Tell me what the document says”. He looked at it and read “Absent  AWOL”. (This means that a member of his unit had not reported for duty.) “And the date please” the sergeant look at the form and replied “ 2, March”. I then let the pages fall till I came to the other post-it and asked the 1st sergeant to once more read the document “Present Duty” (which means he was present for duty) and the date? “30, March”. I turn back to the first document and asked ”Is this not your signature? He looked at it and said “Yes” I then turn to the second document and once more asked him to verify that it was his signature and he did.

“Is there any question as to why the member did not get paid?” The 1st sergeant shook his head and turned to leave. I stated “I can offer him a Health and Comfort payment.”(This is a payment of $25.00 so he could buy shaving goods, tooth paste, shampoo anything to help him stay clean during the month)  He turned to the service member and asked him if he wanted it. The member said yes and I drew it up and told him to take it to the pay window and get his money.During my time in the Army, I was a Finance Specialist stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. I worked thru out the finance department in different sections. But the one section that I enjoyed the most was the customer service counter. It was here that the service member could come and ask question about his or her pay. For example “Why was my check smaller then it was last month?” “Did they pay me for the promotion I got?” things like that.

One day I was working the counter when this short muscular Afro-American 1st Sergeant came in though the door followed by a taller and thinner Afro-American Private with his head hanging low. The

1st Sergeant had the private take a seat while he waited in line for his turn at the counter. After about 10 minutes it was his turn. He motioned for the private to join him at the counter. I turned to the 1st Sergeant and said, “How may I help you today first Sergeant?” “Yes, I would like to know why my private did not get paid.” The tone of his voice was not gentle. “OK let’s have the private’s name and last four of his social and I will get his record and we will see.” I motioned them to take a seat while they wait. I went over to my desk and called the records department, which was at the other end of the building I was in, so it took maybe 10 minutes to get the record. I seat down at my desk and started looking over the private’s pay record. I was looking over the actions that had taken place in his record during the last month. After 15 minutes I found the answer to the question. I put a post-it and the edge of a document then added one to a document nearer to the top of the pile. I picked up the record and walk back up to the counter. I motioned the 1st Sergeant to come up and join me. As the private started to rise too I looked at him and motioned hem to stay seated, “just the first Sergeant for now” I said.

I dug down to my post-it then turned the record around so that the sergeant could see it. I covered up the signature section of the document then asked the sergeant “Tell me what the document says”. He looked at it and read “Absent  AWOL”. (This means that a member of his unit had not reported for duty.) “And the date please” the sergeant look at the form and replied “ 2, March”. I then let the pages fall till I came to the other post-it and asked the 1st sergeant to once more read the document “Present Duty” (which means he was present for duty) and the date? “30, March”. I turn back to the first document and asked ”Is this not your signature? He looked at it and said “Yes” I then turn to the second document and once more asked him to verify that it was his signature and he did.

“Is there any question as to why the member did not get paid?” The 1st sergeant shook his head and turned to leave. I stated “I can offer him a Health and Comfort payment.”(This is a payment of $25.00 so he could buy shaving goods, tooth paste, shampoo anything to help him stay clean during the month)  He turned to the service member and asked him if he wanted it. The member said yes and I drew it up and told him to take it to the pay window and get his money.


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