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7 Weeks waiting on "Airlifted" Unaccompanied Baggage?

I have made 5 international Permanent Changes of Station (PCS) in my 12-year military career. Each move, I am allowed to move ~1k lbs of "express" goods (called "unaccompanied baggage") which are allegedly shipped via air cargo to my new location. However, these shipments take 6+ weeks to arrive...what plane takes 6 weeks to get to the new location?

 

Of course, there are other nodes in the transportation chain, but still, it is an asinine system especially because the costs per pound for "Unaccompanied Baggage" are much higher than standard Household Goods (HHG), but the shipments take nearly the same amount of time.

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Idea No. 13954