To Whom It May Concern:
Sir, I SPC XXXXXXX seek to appeal the bar to re-enlistment that was initiated against me for lateness to the place of duty. I was unintentionally late on two separate occasions.
The first time, I was late to work as a result of a severe intestinal disorder and stomach cramps which confined me to the bathroom unexpectedly. It took about 15 minutes to fully recover and when I was able to leave the bathroom, I picked up my phone, saw a missed call at 0605 from my team leader (SGT XXXXXXX), and immediately returned his call to explain my situation. He did not answer so I drove to work and arrived at 0615. After PT formation at 0630, I was given a counseling. At that time, he asked me why was I late and I explained the situation to him and he admonished me and said I should call next time to let them know I would be late.
The second incident occurred when I could not find the place I was told to go to. I was told to go to building 8030 for RFI draw but I could not determine the building's location so I put the address in my phone's MAP application and followed its instructions to drive there. On arrival, it appeared to be the wrong location. I called PFC XXXXXXX to confirm the address and it was the same. So I retyped the address in the map app but it still took me to the wrong location. By then, I was late so I decided to ask a Sergeant in the area for directions and he told me it was the last building before Gate 3. I drove to the building, got to the parking lot, and right then received a call from my Platoon Sergeant asking where I was. I told him I was in the parking lot but, although I didn't realize it at the time, it was the wrong parking lot. It was actually the Central Receiving Point/Consolidated Installation Property Book Office (CRF/CIPBC) Logistic Readiness Center, in building 330. So when my leadership came looking for me in a different parking lot and could not find me, they thought I was lying.
I have been counseled and admonished by my leadership to make the required preparations when situations like this arise in the future. I will inform them, far enough in advance, that I will be late and, if I am unsure of the location of my place of duty, I will complete a route reconnaissance beforehand. I regret the above actions and hope you will temper justice with mercy and reconsider the bar to my reenlistment.