POSTED: 9:39 p.m. EST, January 5, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army said Friday it would apologize to the families of about 275 officers killed or wounded in action who were mistakenly sent letters urging them to return to active duty.
The letters were sent a few days after Christmas to more than 5,100 Army officers who had recently left the service. Included were letters to about 75 officers killed in action and about 200 wounded in action.
"Army personnel officials are contacting those officers' families now to personally apologize for erroneously sending the letters," the Army said in a brief news release issued Friday night.
The Army did not say how or when the mistake was discovered. It said the database normally used for such correspondence with former officers had been "thoroughly reviewed" to remove the names of wounded or dead soldiers.
"But an earlier list was used inadvertently for the December mailings," the Army statement said, adding that the Army is apologizing to those officers and families affected and "regrets any confusion."
Man, I should just go to bed before I stumble over any more insanely stupid news stories. I can just see the pitch on this one....
'Now that the worst has already happened, why not re-up for our all new zombie corps. Fresh brains served daily and all you can eat.'
This sorta reminds me of that scene in Full Metal Jacket.
If your killer instincts are not clean and strong you will hesitate at the moment of truth. You will not kill. You will become dead marines and then you will be in a world of shit because marines are not allowed to die without permission. Do you maggots understand?
You'd think that someone would pay more attention to crap like this but I can see how these bureacratic slipups happen.