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Jump Master School and Meeting My New Lieutenant

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I spent the first half of 1998 in Sinai, Egypt as part of the Multi-National Force Observers (MFO).  It was an awesome deployment, great training that we made up ourselves and absolutely amazing time off.  23 days of one squad all alone on a remote site, patrols, training, guard duty, all opportunities to build on the basics.  Then two weeks of challenging training, live fires, maneuver live fires, marksmanship, physically brutal stuff that left you full of piss and vinegar ...

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Why Join The Army When You Don’t Have To

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I must begin by apologizing for my long absence, unlike the rest of the world the northern prairie only has two seasons.  Winter’s Here and Winter’s Coming.  During Winter’s Coming you must expend all your energy preparing for Winter’s Here.  It’s a genetic, instinctual action, by September there will be a killing frost and then or shortly after then will come snow asshole deep to a tall giraffe.  If your not ready you die and that is Winter’s goal, to ...

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Melancholia, The Goddess of Memorial Day

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Like most Americans for me Memorial Day was the official beginning of summer.  Parades and street dances dominated the celebrations here in fly-over country.  I knew the history, General Logan, healing the wounds of the civil war.  It was the start of summer, and included a paid day off of work.  You can’t beat that with a stick.

Every Saint has his feast day, St Crispin and St Crispian celebrate theirs on the day King Henry V bespoke the greatest ode ...

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The Breaking Point

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I’d been a Wolfhound (4/27INF) for a couple years when the buddy I spoke of in A Night Off From The Trail  got to the squad.  All the Soldiers in the squad had only been to Hawaii, we’d never seen any other corner of the Army.  The NCOs had but you usually tried to keep conversation with the NCOs professional and minimal.  It was safer that way.  They were also tainted, they were NCOs and as such they had a ...

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A Night Off From the Trail

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94-96, Ft Benning GA.  Drill Sergeant duty was a great experience, I learned a lot but it was long, drudgerous work.  Up at 0300 home again at 2300, that’s worst case but it went on for three weeks at a stretch.  Then throw in CQ or Staff Duty roll the “max Drills” dice when you don’t get 24 hours off after pulling 24 hour duty.  Damn, snake eyes again.  The best it got to was 0400 to 2000, better than ...

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The Trail Vehicle

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I was On The Trail from 94 thru 96 at Ft Benning, GA.  The Home of the Infantry.  We did a lot of road marching.  I always had and by 94 I had six years of service.  Six years of the Infantry lifestyle will make you hard as woodpecker lips.  The Infantry Lifestyle will get the best of you…