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    Army Pranks

    Spurred by another thread..

    I was in the army about 9 years ago and they did all kinds of things to the newbies. My friend and I were stationed out of Basic to Korea. He went to one gun section (artillery) and I went to another. My guys tried all kinds of things on me, but I was aware of these tricks, beforehand. My dear friend was not, however.

    Anyway. They sent him on a search for chem-lite batteries (hilarious). Another time they sent him to the garage to look for T R double E's (sound out phonetically). The funniest was the BOOM test. They convinced him that the barrel of the cannon needed to be tested for acoustical integrity, and the only way to do this was to yell, "BOOOM!" through the barrel. You could hear him throughout the whole motor pool! LOL

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    BOOM!!! - LOL

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    One of the favourites, on a night shift, was to nick a joskin's beret, soak it through, scrunch it up into a tight ball and stick it in the freezer in the kitchen. We were nice in that we always gave it back at the end of the shift, but as they weren't allowed outside without wearing it they had to defrost it first - real bummer if the microwave wasn't working!!!!
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    Did you ever unplug the microwave?

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    Originally posted by moospot
    Did you ever unplug the microwave?
    Erm.............
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    When I was in the navy I was a crewman on a EP-3 aircraft, and we used to screw with the newbies also. One of our favorite things was to tell a newbie that we needed them to hold the handle to the door and to not let go while we did a standard decompression test, and if they did the door would open and we would all be sucked out. Little did they know but at 35,000 ft that door ain't coming open no matter how hard you pull. You should have seen the sweat beading up on their forehaeds. Some figured it out right away though.
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    Not really a prank, but...

    We used to pass round all the standard jokes like:

    Friendly fire, isn't.
    Fire support, won't.
    When in combat, always remember that your equipment was built by the lowest bidder.
    The probability of your artillery dropping short is directly proportional to the distance you are in front of your own lines.
    There is nothing that can't be made cleaner by the addition of another coat of polish.
    The most dangerous thing on the battlefield is a Second Lieutenant with a compass.

    I've forgotten the others. Can anyone think of some more?

    edit: When I was staffing a basic training once, we had to teach the recruits sign language for patrolling. We had a couple of them convinced that the "mine" signal, on top of your head, meant "There's a mine on my head"
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    Yup -- I recognize those jokes. All from Murphy's Laws of Combat I believe. Just do a search for that, and you'll come up with dozens of sites that have them listed.
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    This really isn't pranks but pretty interesting....

    My grandfather was a radar specialist aboard a Lockheed Constellation during the Cuban Missile Crisis. They were on patrol over the Gulf of Mexico doing "traffic control" telling the aircraft around them what to do and keeping track of the Cuban aircraft. They occasionally would get close enough to Cuba to see MiG-21 fighters trying to climb high enough to shoot down our U-2 spy planes but they would get almost there and they would fall slowly downwards, shake their fist at the U-2 pilot who was playing with them

    Also on a sadder note,

    A friend of mine was a Marine tank commander during the Gulf War and he told me about how friendly fire was the biggest killer over there... He saw most of his friends killed by his own artillery or tanks or helicopters. He doesn't talk about it much but he always said that is the worst feeling to know that your buddy was killed by your own side......

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    My buddy Peter was a Medic in the Gulf and in Bosnia.

    He said that one of his buddies got killed by a ball-bearing-mine (technical name?) - that's a mine that has thousands of ball bearings in it right?

    All they could find of him was a vertebray from his back!
    And apparently his gun clip was twisted by the blast but amazingly his morphine-suringe remained intact!!!

    Pete has some other very 'interesting stories'


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