So if you ask me, regardless of whether or not you think there's a need for war in our world, The military is fucking cool. MREs are cool, Apache Helicopters are cool, Navy Seals are cool, The fancy ass technology Darpa is developing is cool, that god damn crazy ass robot being made (also I think by Darpa?) is cool.
Hell, when my buddy joined the millitary, his two recruiters were the nicest folks in the world to me, despite the fact that if you tucked my arms and legs in you could probably bounce me like a ball.
Anyway, it's Veteran's Day today in America, and I know a few, so I figured we could talk about not only how grateful we are for our military veterans, but how fucking bad ass it is to be one.
What do you think is the coolest part of being in the Military? Have you served? What's a cool little fact folks may not know, that *You* know that you think we'd like to know? If you're not from America, feel free to jump in and tell us how it works in your country, you crazy Canuck you.
Second hand stories I've heard:
When training on landmines and such, I guess drill instructors told recruits that while the mines they were training on weren't live, they contained just enough explosive to like, wound or Mame a person's hand. This was a lie, but created a cool sense of urgency to the training. Neat!
There seems to be a good amount of gamesman ship between the Army, Marines, Air force, and Coast Guard. I guess the Army calls Marines "rocks with lips" and everyone gives the A.F crap for for getting to ride bikes during basic training. For some reason I think that's cool.
I guess a good way for a civilian to make money is to work at an on-base restaurant like Burger King or Subway, which I guess the Military sets up for troops. The funny thing is that when you're in Iraq, I guess you don't pay with actual money, instead using little paper money chips. Wild!
I'm a fat kid, so the technology behind MREs are pretty neat, too. for the uninformed it's essentially a self-heating meal. You pull out the food, shake up a little packet thingy, and boom, tasty warm mystery meat. I can't imagine it's fun to eat all the time in face of danger and possible death, but as a civilian, that shit was cool.
I think I got a 75 on my ASFAB when I took it, which I guess is decent. If I wasn't required to be physically fit, I'd join in an instant.