I am continuously amazed at the endless paper shuffle in the Naval Reserve. Most reservists have only 16 hours per month for their training. We spend too much of this time with paper drills, not training. We need to streamline some practices to make the team more functional and effective.
For example, the reserves run the physical readiness test twice a year. It is not an unusually hard test, but the test and its accompanying paperwork are an unnecessary administrative hassle. There also is talk of having drill time used for physical training. That's the absolute last thing we need. A person's physical condition will not be altered greatly by an hour or two of exercise per month. We should follow our own fitness program and demonstrate that we meet the required standards once per year.
Church call is a more delicate issue. One hour per drill weekend is set aside for divine services. This is innocent enough, but does anyone truly believe that if they miss this one hour that they are not having their spiritual needs met? Church call should be held before or after drill hours, or perhaps during lunch period.