Catch-22ing it up

After a brief Google search, turns out that Catch-22 was based on actual military work experience. The author, Joseph Heller, based it on his experience in the Air Force.

Today, I had my own military catch 22. I needed to gather an estimate of how many people and vehicles will go to the field.

Since we’re a support battalion, one of my companies needed to know from higher how many will go, because determines how many people it will anticipate sending to provide the needed support.

Higher needs to know how many we anticipate sending before it gives us an estimate of how many people to support.

What to do?

Make shit up.

I tell lower, “The intent is all hands. Plan for that.”