Monday, January 17, 2005

Mottos, Rations, and Photos Essays

While I was standing outside of the shopette waiting for a few team members to come out, a female First Lieutenant came out and met a few soldiers from her unit going in. They did the usual statute and salutation as we all do in uniform. Usually the salutation is “Good afternoon ma’am”, or a unit motto is barked out. This is done for unit esprit de corps. One of many I had to use was “Vanguards” and the officer would return the greeting with “Leads the way.”

This Lieutenant looked like she would be a spunky collegiate cheerleader, but the façade was broken when her female MPs shouted out “FIRST TO SHOOT!” and the Lieutenant replied with an icy “FIRST TO KILL!” A few heads turned when that reply was heard. Now I know the MP Corps must be out to give the infantry branch a run for their money in the macho department.

One of the solid sources of journalism, Maxim magazine, just rated the US Army’s MREs against other foreign military’s field rations. With no surprise the French came out in top and the British, well they gave it their best shot. So go buy a copy of Maxim for the content, not the photos.

Here is a great photo essay on Afghanistan from Open Democracy on Humanising a beast – the American military. It shows images on patrols around Camp Salerno and the Afghan countryside, where I might be operating. Go take a peak of my future playground.

Saying for the day: Do you understand that this is clear as mud?


Blogger Mike said...

Damn, don't call the pc-police on me or anything, but that's just another reason for me to like women in uniform.

Uhh...I mean...;-)

Oh, and why couldn't you have posted a photo essay of that Maxim article? And maybe the rest of the magazine too?

7:05 AM  
Blogger b said...


Maxim has limited content online, so buy the hard copy like the troops and pass it around.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Haha, ironically, I ended up at the Maxim website through a series of twisted events tonight.

And you're right. No free-loading there.

2:44 AM  

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