During my time in the Army Air Corps..... just joking.... I was an Air Force Enlisted Terminal Attack Controller working with Army maneuver units ("a drop of blue in a sea of green") we were pretty much red-headed step-children, definitely NOT the poster-boys the career field is today (they literally use some of "my" guys for recruiting posters....). Most of the Air Force didn't know who we were,...
I was going to wait a bit this month to repost, but my stupid brain has me up since 0100 this morning and I'm bored. So now that it is 0600 and I'm obviously not going to sleep, I might as well entertain you kind folks and assorted degenerates. As always, lightly edited. Enjoy.
If you have been in the Army, you have heard that phrase at some point. In other words, get your damn hands out of your...
As /r/MilitaryStories grows, we need a new moderator. Well, we don't NEED one right now, but we want to get ahead of the curve. We are all part time mods with jobs and families and such. A few things were important to us. Currently, your moderation team is made of all male US Army veterans. So we wanted:
Diversity in our team
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This was the story my dad and grandfather told me the day I graduated basic training.
As I understand it, my grandfather was a Vietnam vet attached to a Florida NG unit. My dad started his Army career in 1982 to the same unit.
While it is uncommon for family members to be in the same unit, it's not unheard of. And it's much easier for it to occur in the NG because those jobs are all based on...
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A new year. A new hope. It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. Oh shit, sorry.
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The beret is a controversial piece of Army equipment. There are those in the service that hate it, think it looks ridiculous, are adamant that no one outside of Airborne, Rangers, and SF can pull it off. Others really can't be asked to give a fuck what they put on their heads. In basic our platoon's late-arrival DS was Airborne, having deployed with the...
When I was the Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO) at a large base in the far north an incident happened that I got embroiled in. LCPO's in the Coast Guard are not what Leading anythings (LPO, LCPO, etc.) in the Navy are. There's only one Leading anything at a base in the Coast Guard and that's one of the top two senior enlisted. Usually an E-8 (if no E-9's are assigned to the base) or the senior...
I had started my morning looking over the list of boarding's and making sure my boarding bag had all of the items I was going to need for the day when MK1 (E-6) Harry stuck his head in the bullpen and said to me that Lt. (O-3) Nick the Dick wanted to see me ASAP. Any meeting with Nick the Dick was always tiresome, almost never anything of value, but at least the man kept them short.
Did you know that a 3 pound hammer, when wielded by a sufficiently enraged Chief, can rip a hole in a metal wall when thrown? I suppose it was really only a partition wall, meant to create office spaces within a larger watertight space, but it was still impressive enough that a witness had the hammer engraved "Mjölnir" and returned to the Chief. That hammer hung in the office for a while,...