The Confederate Yankee has a post up titled the “Guardian Fetches A Bucket of Prop Wash,” implying the Guardian had been bamboozled. This reminded me of something we used to do to all the new soldiers who were fresh out of basic.
Many of you are probably unaware how much of a soldier’s time is spent in the motor pool if he/she is in a mechanized or armor units. When you are on an M1-A1, you almost live in the motor pool when you are not in the field. t any rate, there are a number of games we play, such as sending newbies to supply to get a box of reticles, or chem-lite batteries, tell them to get a ‘dust sample’ from the air filters, etc. At any rate, my favorite trick:
Get a newbie who works on a different tank, preferrably when his tank commander is not around. Give him a ball peen hammer and a piece of chalk, and then tell him he has to check his tank’s armor for soft spots. Demonstrate by hitting the armor with the hammer, circling the area every time the armor sounds ‘different.’ The send the newbie on his way.
One time, we came back to the motor pool after lunch and this newb had 3 inch circles all over an entire tank. Too damned funny.