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Old 07-06-2011, 03:15 PM   #21
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Oh, please! Not another "I can top that" thread.

I might have to break out the story of the box lunch I once got on a 141 where they forgot to cut the crusts off the sandwich bread. [shudder]
Hey, I had a box lunch on a tanker made by a truly inept cook - I got a real finger sandwich...
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:33 PM   #22
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Oh man, Benning in July? I did Bragg in August. Brutal. At any given time 100 out of the 300 officer candiates I was with were belly up getting glucose bags or medevaced.
The best parts were the 0230 reveille for the start of the training day, when it was only 80 degrees and "before it got hot". By 0800 they'd be running us through the outdoor shower nozzles. You'd think that would keep you cool, which it sorta did for 30 seconds, but it also added 20 pounds of water weight to your workout.

After a year at USNA it was a real eye-opener on "real" military life. To this day I have an aversion to group workouts supervised by a class leader.

Somehow I never got around to trying out the exotic sights & sounds of Athens or Phenix City.

One of my fellow students in this 1979 class was a captain in the Iranian Army.

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Hey, I had a box lunch on a tanker made by a truly inept cook - I got a real finger sandwich...
Eh, sounds like the cook was just trying to keep their hand in...
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:28 PM   #23
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The Army has a knack for squeezing the fun out of almost any "should be fun" experience. Like jumping out of airplanes. It's less fun with a 60 pound ruck and a mortar baseplate for extra "ballast." And sitting on Green Ramp at Pope AFB, NC for 5 hours in the heat waiting for the airplane (the airplane's right on time, don't ask my why the troops have to be there so early). ...

They've got my respect. Sometimes I think the only reason we do airborne ops is because it makes for fanatical killing machines. I've thought that putting even lackluster troops in that airplane and treating 'em as we do is like shaking up a bee in a beer can--when he gets out, somebody is gonna pay a big price!
I see your point SamClem. My two jumps (static line only) were quite a bit more fun. Yes we had to take a 1/2 day instruction on safety, but unlike most safety lectures I've suffered through, the importance of safety and following procedures is obvious when jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. I am sure that the situation you describe would actually suck most of the fun out it. Still I think the Golden Knights (the Army's parachute team a fixture at big airshows) would be fun job even if scary.
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... when jumping out of perfectly good airplanes.
It's not the aircraft... it's the flight crew!
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