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by SAEP
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
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Views: 181857

Re: My Job, My Hell...

While Laager's comments about choosing the Army or jail are quite correct, what I was referring to when I wrote about jail time was the draft. I suppose that if I had said "the alternative was jail or going to Canada" I would have been clearer. While it is true that overall about 2/3 of the troops i...
by SAEP
Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2110
Views: 181857

Re: My Job, My Hell...

Laager wrote, "I was retied as an Staff Sergeant E-6, and made a tad over $1,600 dollars a month (without jump pay)," Humph. Spoiled kids. Now, in my day, we had it rough. I retired... Well, no, I never went lifer so I didn't retire. But at the end of 3 years, as a Spec5 I was getting 334 bucks a mo...
by SAEP
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2110
Views: 181857

Re: My Job, My Hell...

Of course, the other kind can happen, too. This happened just before I joined the unit, so it is a second-hand story, and should be taken for what it's worth. Our company area was built on the beach of the South China Sea, so it obviously could not dig holes for latrines. Instead, crappers were bui...
by SAEP
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2110
Views: 181857

Re: My Job, My Hell...

Of course, the other kind can happen, too. This happened just before I joined the unit, so it is a second-hand story, and should be taken for what it's worth. Our company area was built on the beach of the South China Sea, so it obviously could not dig holes for latrines. Instead, crappers were buil...
by SAEP
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2110
Views: 181857

Re: My Job, My Hell...

And about the screaming. This was not your inarticulate, near-ultrasonic, girly-girl screaming. This was in a lower register, although (as Laager notes) still well above normal pitch, and generally consisted of long, drawn-out variants on "Fuuuuuuuuuuuuck!" and other similar catchwords. You know, ma...
by SAEP
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2110
Views: 181857

Re: My Job, My Hell...

Oh, we weren't communicating. The AC knew perfectly well what to do and was doing it just as hard as he could.

We were just screaming.
by SAEP
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2110
Views: 181857

Re: My Job, My Hell...

Ah yes, friendly fire. As with so many things in war zones, it's better to give than receive. It was Tet of '71, and I was part of a light fire team of UH-1C gunships on 5-minute standby in Quang Ngai. There was supposed to be a cease-fire, but after the way the party went in '68, nobody had much fa...
by SAEP
Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2110
Views: 181857

Re: My Job, My Hell...

Bear with me, this is a long one.. We had to divert to Wake Island and spent a little over seven days in their infirmary. This is not MY Hell, of course, but it's someone's. During 1995 to 2005, I spent a total of about 6 months on Wake as part of various BMD (Ballistic Missile Defense) tests. Apar...
by SAEP
Sat Apr 30, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2110
Views: 181857

Re: My Job, My Hell...

I should modify my statement that military justice is pretty cut and dried. It's not, or at least not necessarily. If a superior likes you or likes your style, you can often get away with things that would otherwise be a problem. Likewise, some folk have stiffer necks than others. One of the marks o...
by SAEP
Fri Apr 29, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2110
Views: 181857

Re: My Job, My Hell...

One other aspect to Article 15's: you don't have to agree to it. Of course, doing this means a court-martial, with the increased penalties which go along with it, so turning down an Article 15 is not usually a great idea. Just as you're generally better off taking a First Sergeant's punishment. One ...
by SAEP
Fri Jan 08, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2110
Views: 181857

Re: My Job, My Hell...

And then (when you're in the Green Machine in an unnamed Southeast Asia country) there's the whole question of VD. Now, for those without an appreciation of military history, the US Army in WWII was famous for its VD training films. This was pre-antibiotic days, so cures were hard to come by. The tr...
by SAEP
Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:08 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2110
Views: 181857

Re: My Job, My Hell...

Oh yes, airborne. My brother had a pretty good story. First, for the legs out there (non-airborne) a few bits of terminology. A "streamer" is what happens if your chute won't open. Streams out behind you and doesn't do you a lick of good. Very sad. A "Mae West" occurs when one of the shrouds loops o...
by SAEP
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:54 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2110
Views: 181857

Re: My Job, My Hell...

"and even the Holy farking shit that is a lot of hate being sent down range...kind of memories." Well, the UH-1B/C/M gunships were right up there on the scale. Most of our gunships were hogs, each carrying a pair of 19-tube pods. This meant that, on a few seconds notice, a gunship on overwatch of an...
by SAEP
Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2110
Views: 181857

Re: My Job, My Hell...

"Summer time, and the living is easy..." Well, not exactly. Early summer 1971, Chu Lai, RVN, and when you're in the gunship platoon of an AHC (Assault Helicopter Company) and you're on 5-minute standby, about all you can do is find some shade and pant. It's not actually all that bad if you have some...
by SAEP
Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: My Job, My Hell...
Replies: 2110
Views: 181857

Re: My Job, My Hell...

Howdy, all - I've been enjoying the stories, and thought I'd contribute. First, a little back story. Or How I Got My Job. In the spring of '69, I dropped out of my junior year in college and, one step ahead of the draft board, enlisted 11B. The reason I enlisted was that our family has a certain his...
by SAEP
Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:40 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Re:My job, my hell
Replies: 0
Views: 873

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