Refusal to train? Where I come from, that’ll get you punched in the teeth and kicked in the breadbasket until you change your mind and your morale improves. Hell, I got ellbowed on the nose during basic for a salute that wasn’t as nice as the adjudant would’ve liked it.
I think I still have my dress uniform with all the Christmas tree bullshit on it, at my brother’s house. It’s in one of these zip locked bags that accommodate a hanger. My kepi should be in there too. My medals drowned in a flood in my parent’s basement in the 90ies. Never bothered replacing...
The cold steel recon in S35VN is an excellent folder for the $$$. Get him a decent lightweight pair of binos. Check with him if his IFAK is complete, and make sure he's got a quality TQ. And... Stool softener. Try to eat MREs for a few days and take a dump after that.
How many jumps?
Me? 178, static line only, all between 400 and 700 meters. Some water landings, only a dozen or so helicopter jumps, the rest was transal. 2 malfunctions with reserve chute pull. Zip, zilch, zero combat jumps.
What about you guys?
Well, if he claims that those are French wings, he got that mixed up. The ones in my avatar are French wings. The ones he's wearing are German gold wings (50+ jumps). I've known MANY active German paratroopers (2 garrisons within 20 miles from my home: Lebach and Saarlouis), and none of the made...
Porn is a terrible, terrible idea. After a while on outpost, surrounded by guys, you just stop thinking about getting laid. Using porn just keeps reminding you that there's no pussy around, and it'll put you in a foul mood. You just make it harder for yourself (!).
I myself always appreciated...
Linger not, stranger; shed no tear;
Go back to those who sent us here.
We are the young they drafted out
To wars their folly brought about.
Go tell those old men, safe in bed,
We took their orders and are dead.
Honestly? The Legion has its own way to deal with those people. One of two things:
1) the team in Aubagne, where the selection happens, notices that you're a daisy. You're lucky, you just get sent home. No explanation, no way back in. Just go away.
2) you manage to fool the people in the 1st RE...
Norse prayer dating back to the first century.
Lo, There do I see my Father
Lo, There do I see my Mother and
My Brothers and my Sisters
Lo, There do I see the line of my people back to the beginning
Lo, They do call to me
They bid me take my place among them in the halls of Valhalla...
I don't have to tell you how it feels when the past stops by for a visit in the middle of the night. The bad dreams come less frequently with the years, but every time I think I'm done with them, they come back, for no obvious reason. Is it any different for you?
Yep, all that stuff SOUNDS good... Until you're suposed to eat it. Or shit it out, for that matter. I remember a couple of severe cases of constipation in the field. After sniper school, we were allowed to put our own food together, so cans of ravioli and cassoulet it was. Those beans in the...