Posted on Oct 26, 2018
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SFC Retention Operations Nco
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Good luck with that. IG isn't a hammer, or even a punishment tool. They review policy and then make recommendations to the commander and investigate whether that policy was followed. If your leadership followed the policy in place concerning feeding, then your complaint is unsubstantiated. Also, you're an Infantryman. There will be times you'll be hungry and have to work through meal times.
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SGT Joseph Gunderson
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Yeah, I don't see that working at all... Did you starve? Did it result in actual injury? If the answer to these questions is no - which I believe I can safely assume it is - you would seriously just be crying to IG like a child. Talk to your leadership, your first line NCO(s), and explain the situation and ask that it be avoided. I assure you that approaching NCOs like adults always works better than crying to higher levels like a child trying to get one over on a parent.
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SGM Bill Frazer
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Maybe call 1-800 whine?. Look kid, there were times when 1 meal per day was a luxury, then add water rationing.
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SGT Retired
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Can you? Sure, you can call IG for anything. Should you? I wouldn’t, as IG generally has actual issues to handle for soldiers. I’m not trying to downplay your situation, but bear with me for a moment.

If you missed two meals in a day, you probably had one meal that day? One meal will get you through the week, if necessary. And if you were complaining about being hungry....I’d simply recommend toughening up. Two missed meals is an inconvenience, not a gripe-worthy mistreatment. And they only threatened to smoke you? They didn’t dust you off? Sounds like you got off easy.

Rather, I’d look at this as a trainable moment. Always have some beef jerky packed away, readily available. Maybe a Cliff bar, or something. And it’s a ‘train as you fight’ moment. If you deploy, there’s a good chance that you’ll be hungry, stressed out, and under constant threat of punishment (far more severe than a smoke sesh). And no one is going to want hear PVT Empty tummy complain about the MRE he didn’t get to eat for lunch.

Tomorrow is a new day. Eat a good breakfast. Have a protein bar tucked into me of the fancy pockets on your uniform, and drive on. IG is a scalpel, not a sledge hammer. It should be used as such, in particular situations; not simply when a soldier feels as though he’s been slighted or wronged.

Best of luck.
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