There is a joke once alluded to on the old NBC show "The West Wing":
Pythagorean theorem: 24 words
The Lord's prayer: 66 words
Archimedes' Principle: 67 words
The 10 Commandments: 179 words
The Gettysburg address: 286 words
The Declaration of Independence: 1,300 words
The US Government regulations on the sale of cabbage: 26,911 words
I am not entirely certain how accurate those numbers are, but I found mention of this earlier today.
I managed to track down an online word-counter, and it reports that the freakin' RECIPE for "COOKIES, OATMEAL; AND BROWNIES; COCOLATE [sic] COVERED", fercrissake, is 13,112 words.
Check for yourself. The counter is http://felix-cat.com/tools/wordcount/ and the text of the recipe is in pdf format here: http://liw.iki.fi/liw/misc/MIL-C-44072C.pdf
Ten times longer than the contract that has kept a few hundred million of us free and prosperous.
And please remember that every cook and baker in the military - Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard - will be required to have this recipe on file somewhere. And likely be reprimanded for failing to have it, or worse if they get caught using a simple 3"x5" file card (which is where MY brownie recipe is written down, in case it matters).
This is not the problem. This is a symptom.