Monday, February 14, 2011
As an Army veteran, I didn't think I'd enjoy watching the movie In the Army Now starring Pauly Shore, but I have to admit that it was surprisingly funny. Watching the recruits stumble through basic training reminded me of some of the people in my unit. One particular scene showed Pauly's character trying to shoot the Law Rocket backwards. You'd think it would be self explanatory, but believe it or not, there were several people who would have fired it backwards if someone didn't stop them. This is one reason it's so important to use labels that are designed for military use. It's funny in the movies, but it wouldn't be funny if someone was hurt due to human error.
Labels and name plates should be able to withstand exposure to harsh weather, or they're not going to do any good. In fact, they could do great harm if someone can't read a warning sign or other instructions. We used custom labels for everything in the military, and they're used in the field under extreme weather conditions, so nothing but the best will do when it's a matter of safety. There will always be people who don't read the labels until something goes wrong, but at least they can't say they weren't warned.