09 November 2005

how goes the war?

The unknowing leading the unwilling doing the unnecessary for the undeserving.

- most every Joe-in-the-Know


Blogger charlie said...

Consistently tragi-comically, heeheehee-fuckin-lariously accurate AST :o)

09 November, 2005 11:16  
Blogger TBone said...

I think your writing style is good. Sounds like you ended up in a unit that sucks.

The Army isn't like that everywhere. I know you want to embellish to make your readers think you're cool, but in reality you sound like a whiney little bitch. I'm a smartass too, so I know.

I've been in very cool units most of my time, but I'm in a shitty unit now. I'm on my last assignment and I am ready to get the fuck out too, and probably for all the reasons you hate it.

I guess I am a careerist, but I have never been a "lifer". When I have kids who are intelligent and motivated but don't like the Army, I tell them to get out and find something more rewarding. The only thing I won't tolerate is a disloyal little fuck, or a rat. You can hate the Army, but don't fuck your brothers.

Keep up the writing, but try to maintain a positive vibe. If you want some suggestions about places in the Army that you might like, email me. As long as you don't have too many Art. 15's for stupid things and have a 110 GT you will be good. hehe


10 November, 2005 07:40  
Anonymous Matt said...

Keep the edges sharp, ST -- they cut deeper that way.

Another great piece of writing.

10 November, 2005 23:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't blame ya for feelin that way. Been in crappy units maself. Trouble is, you end up carrying that attitude the rest of your life, at civilian jobs, and in general.

Sucks ass.

11 November, 2005 18:04  
Blogger Snag said...

Good stuff. Great angle on it. Makes me think of me and my buddy Anderson, known to all as Heckle and Jeckle. We weren't your typicle "buy the bullshit" pukes, but there were many times when the CO wanted something done right, he'd come to us behind the scenes and play Monty Hall. Short timers are mission oriented, because completing the mission meant we'd be that much closer to gettin' away from the bullshit.
The real American soldier is a Short-timer and always has been. That's the rub...these jerk-offs today don't get it. The citizen soldier's head is gettin' back home. If you want to occupy countries like we've been doing for the past 30 or 40 years, hire a cop.
To hell with the jokers that think the Army is about anything else. They shoulda joined the fuckin' German army (oh wait...short-timers kicked their ass a few years back).

13 November, 2005 06:27  
Anonymous Kate said...

My husband had his little four-day break in Qatar earlier in the fall. He called it "jail away from jail."

Prison it is, until you're finally free.

Take care and stay safe --

13 November, 2005 09:03  
Blogger Diane S. said...

Thank God for the short timers. Lifer's kinda scare the hell out of me.

Another fabulous, funny, sardonic, and well written post.

When do you get sprung anyway? Or does anyone know that anymore?

13 November, 2005 10:35  
Blogger american short-timer said...

These are just beautiful comments guys. Thx for the kind words and appreciate the reads. Luv it!

I think Snag nailed it: WWII was 12 million short-timers fighting their way home. That totally sums it up dun it? GREAT observation Snag. Rockin' man.

14 November, 2005 03:25  

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