After having modified the truck my dad was responsible for by gathering items around the base, it wasn’t until the actual mission that his C.O. came to check on it.
It may seem my dad would get into trouble for all these things, but surprisingly the army is populated by people. But more importantly my dad did always respect the chain of command and never did anything that put someone else in harms way.
Though as I understand it the army did become far more bureaucratic than it was by the time my dad left.
That said, the stories are still there.