Wednesday, November 7, 2007

'Knowledge'

So Skippy writes a post about more nannying, and I get a chuckle. Not at him, heck no (and by the way, if'n you haven't read his list, do it. Do it now.), but at those that think that they will have any input whatsoever about the particular, ah... alternative reading material of the troops. Think about it, late teens and early twenties... at times there wasn't any reading material other than those mags around. Heck, there were times when a Staff Sergeant or Officer would recommend that we study some knowledge and invariably someone would ask him, "you mean knowledgeknowledge, or actual knowledge?"

Surely I jest, you think.

We had one guy that for some reason, had handy access to a laminator. Asking around for a number of days, he collected a whole bunch of actual knowledge; weapons characteristics, first aid, steps to bore sight an 81mm mortar, etc. One evening after formation, he handed out an ass-ton of 'knowledge cards'. Just the right size to drop into a cammies pocket, one side had solid Marine Corps and military knowledge. The other, depraved hedonistic glory. Laminated, for... field worthiness.

Needless to say, they were a huge hit, and eventually became like trading cards. On vehicles, about to get into sleeping bags, or stuck up on a hill, trading would commence. Bidding was fierce. We even had guys from other platoons wander over every once in a while to, er... study.

4 comments:

Freddyboomboom said...

Reminds me of the Navair 69-69 series training films...

And the collateral duty of Navair 69-69 training material Petty Officer...

Hammer said...

the cards are a novel idea. I wonder if anyone formally adopted them?

The Captain said...

In one of my units, the mess sergeant packed his personal TV and VCR player in the mess truck, set it up in a GP Small, and showed porn in the evening. Until the C.O. found out.

Murphy said...

Freddy: Har! There was no billet for us, everyone kind of cross trained in the subject matter.

Hammer: Stranger stuff has happened.

The Captain: What, after the C.O. found out was it 24-7?