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[–] bob3333 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Do you know why the government has to generate specifications like this? Having worked in the public sector as an inspector, I can tell you why: because ripping off the government is a business pastime in the United States. If you don't have a specification 3.2.2 that states:

Oatmeal shall have natural rolled oat flavor and odor and shall be clean and free from burned particles, rancid, musty, sour, or other undesirable flavors and odors.

Some contractor will eventually deliver rancid oats and sue your department for breach of contract when you don't pay. And guess what? If you don't have a specification that says they can't deliver rancid oats you're going to lose and have to pay that contractor.

Without a section 3.2.6 stating:

Liquid whole eggs shall be held at a temperature of 40°F or lower and shall be held for not more than 72 hours from the time of pasteurization until the start of formulation of the product in which they are used.

You will get a contractor who uses week-old eggs stored in a hot warehouse and suddenly have a load of sick soldiers. When you refuse to pay you'll have the same problem as above.

Government contractors, even more than slimy car salesman, will try every trick in the book and schemes you would never dream a person could pull with a straight face to try and defraud the government. This is the result. When contractors bitch about doing business with the government it's because the government has standards and enforces them. What the contractor means is that it sucks that they can't deliver substandard product for inflated prices. Although often, with a new contract or service, someone will inevitably forget to specify every single tiny detail which will leave an opening for a contractor to defraud the government ... and they will. The saga continues.

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[–] Vetullushe 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yep. Or say you don't specify the length of straps on a backpack. You can be sure some bastard will sell you 50,000 backpacks that can't be used because the six inch straps just won't go around human shoulders.

I should be embarrassed to say I think some portions of that document would be handy as hell in a recipe.

"Dammit, aunt Maggie, it says 'The brownies shall be completely enrobed with a continuous uniform chocolate coating (see 3.2.14) in an amount which shall be not less than 29 percent by weight of the finished product.' now don't come back to the pot luck until you're ready to commit to the effort."

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[–] Son_Of_Hate 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

"Just add a pinch of salt and a dash of sugar, dear."

"WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN!?I WILL ANNEX YOU!"

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[–] BentAxel 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Obvious most people on Social media have never been in the military and have never seen Mil Spec before. You laugh first then start to cry.

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[–] svipbo 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

It's a really ugly document, looks like it was done in Microsoft Word.

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[–] deposter 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Once you get used to the mil-spec format they are really easy to read.

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[–] multidan 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Also not enough headers and footers. Needs more subscript and superscript tags as well.

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[–] un_salamandre 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Yeah right, as if blatant spelling errors would get by in the military.

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[–] RJKH 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago  (edited ago)

26 pages of cookie bureaucracy. That's amazing!

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[–] 4093930 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

It does make a lot of sense though. This isn't a bake sale. You might end up selling millions of dollars of cookies, and you might be one of several dozen cookies submitting bids. It is sensible to ensure that whichever contractor you go with produces a consistent product.

In a battlefield situation, you definitely don't want some of the things in there to be wrong. If your cookies are rotten then soldiers can't get an appropriate amount of energy. If they aren't properly preserved then they can become rotten ahead of time. If they don't contain proper nutrients then your fighting force may be running at reduced capacity. If they are unpalatable then....well, they are army rations... But consistently unpalatable at least!!

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[–] Link1299 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I wonder how the cookies taste...

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[–] wifblat 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Hardened butthole