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Last mile could be handled by base transport and a cargo truck. No I am not necessarily suggesting this as a every day thing. High priority things like say a bulk order for say a SAR squadron needs a bunch of parts for their birds, a two week or more pick time I feel is unacceptable for a unit that is needing to be ready 24/7.How many bases have functioning fixed-wing airfields anymore? Nearby civilian strips perhaps but you'd still have the 'last mile' problem.
Back to the topic at hand though of personal shortages, reading over the years on this forum. It almost sounds like being posted to a base is almost seem as a punishment due to the pay cut. I feel this needs to be looked as a factor needing change. Base postings if the financial effects could be evened out would be a positive, especially for say service member X who just had a kid and might want more time at home.