Buck, you say STFU and then apologise. I see no reason to apologise for suggesting " SHUT THE FRENCH UP".
Sorry, it (STFU) was supposed to go along with the story.
The private is concerned with the method.
The sergeant knows that they don't any measuring device closer than the scale to check the mics and the job has to be done. (perhaps he micrometer measured the thickness of the scale the thickness of the scale, but that does not matter.. The job had to be done with the best device they have at the time, and in a timely manner..
I used the sergeant and a private as examples because to win a war or completed a project the best equipment and best trained at hand has to be the deciding factor.
In the Op's case, the boss suggested the method was sufficient for the work. The Op-likey questioned the act and the method stood firm. Then the op wants to report the company based on his appraisal.
Saying (STFU) was crude and rude, the sergeant could have said "Please do the drill of respecting the chain of command, and do what is in accordance with AR 600-8-105 article 92, not doing so..., you may..., and..., or...." saying all that to every private and soon they would both/all be dead.
The op is saying "this boss is not smart enough."
"This method is not good enough"
"This company is not smart enough."
So should I call the authorities?
On a matter of safety or breaking the law the authorities might be called..but this a qustion of a method for a particular part.
The op did not even take the time to study the authority, If he had he would have found that it does not recomend the method, it just assures the proper equipment is there.
Likely the company has a plate check for jobs requiring a plate check.
Wow, sorry for the long-winded ....
(X) I know, Nobody ever told me STFU, and I never said that To anyone.. Back in the day that might have been be reason for a punch in the nose.