In the Marine Corps, we are required to fill out a friggin 6 page booklet to go on extended liberty for Federal holidays, etc. This includes:
-A cover sheet= 1 page
-A sheet that shows every in the chain of command from squad leader up to company CO= 1 page
-A Mapquest/Google maps route= 3 pages usually
-A pledge that we won't be stupid and get a DUI, yada yada yada= 1 page
Why you ask? Think about who cares about this stuff. Higher ranking officers, that's who. This whole thing is a big "cover my butt" operation. When Lieutenant Colonel Lobotomy goes up to Colonel Brainwashed , he says "But sir, he filled out a liberty package. What more could I do?" or he says "But sir, the lowly, peon enlisted men didn't fill out the liberty package properly........ Yes sir, of course sir. I'll make sure he gets NJP'd..........Yes sir, I'll end his career.........Thank you for letting me keep my command sir. Thats what counts." <--(that's the cynical version btw). Then Colonel Brainwashed goes up to General I'm a Uniformed Politician and tells him the same thing. Who pays in the end? Either way, the enlisted man. Who else pays? The taxpayer for a bunch of paper we don't need to use. The sad part is, there's an online version of it we could use on Marine Online. Why don't we? Because the lawyers over at the Staff Judge Advocate say its not admissable in a court martial if a Marine violates the liberty limits set forth. The reason? It doesn't have the Marine's signature on in, therefore it can't be proven that he actually filled out the liberty package online.
Last part, and I'm sure some of you will like this. For an entire year, I saved every single liberty package we put together in my unit. Thats 6 pages, 120ish packages, every federal holiday, for a year. I put them in my walllocker. Then, when the cutbacks I knew were coming hit everyone in the face, I dropped the hammer on the Battalion CO. He wanted to have a meeting with all of the Staff NCO's and Officers about our fiscal forecast and how we were going to be hurting soon. I brought those packages with me. It took myself and 3 other Marines to carry it into the conference room. I piled it up on the table and said "You can start there sir. Paper ain't cheap." Guess what? They're still using paper. For the reason I stated above.