Some quick advice for faders re: level of Field Service activity. BTW, this assumes you have no problem turning in "fluffed up" hours as part of a reverse "theocratic warfare" strategy.
If you really don't care one way or the other whether you turn in a field service report, turn one in at least every 6 months with one hour of "time" on it. Then every year or so, let more than 6 months go by before turning in another slip. You'll go from "irregular" to "inactive" to "irregular". BOE's can't stand this.
You will be the bane of any elders who care about "the numbers". When the CO comes around to beat the elders, the BOE will complain about the "borderline inactive" publishers who really distort the true picture of the solid core of publishers with good field service activity.
A couple years ago I heard the CO suggest that the Secretary try to look at "the big picture" when deciding whether or not to include someone back into the regular publisher count. He was actually asking the Secretary to "bend the rules" a little bit and not "reactivate" someone just because they turned in one time slip. The Secretary replied that he couldn't really "read a person's mind" as to whether or not their "reactivation" was genuine this time around. The CO backpedaled a little and said something along the lines of "Hey, it's just something to think about."
We've got a few in our congo that drive the BOE positively batty. They'll drop out of sight for months at a time and then reappear. They actually are "inactive" for a few months and then, when they resurface, they have to be reported as "reactivated" to the CO. Of course, he'll want to know how this was achieved, and there's really not much to report. The person(s) just started showing up again. Phases of the moon? There's one guy that I suspect is truly playing games with the BOE, but the others, IMO, just kind of flounder around.
Anyway, if it's within your ethical boundaries to do so, I highly recommend the "irregular to inactive then back to irregular" pattern. Elders would much rather see you permanently off the books if you're not going to pull your theocratic "weight".
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