Originally posted by bg_socalif
Originally posted by TDawgRex
reply to post by inverslyproportional
It ALWAYS angered me when the higher ups gave some Soldier grief because they didn't want to re-up. If they served their time honorably, let them go
if that is what they want.
I can see pursuing a good Soldier, but at some point you have to let them go. I always encouraged the good ones to go Guard or Reserves, that way they
could keep their options open, their skills sharp and make a bit spending money. Not all took it, but some did.
That used to tick me off to no end. I lost track how many times i was chewed out or "called onto the carpet". If the troop didn't want to stay
in, fine. I'd give them all the information both pro and con and let them decide. The higher ups hated it because it looked "bad" on their
command retention profile if the troop got out.
edit on 30-6-2013 by bg_socalif because: fat fingers on the keyboard.
I always hated that also, they were after my MOS constantly, because we have high level clearances, and there are so few of us, we are in integral
part of any and all combat engagements, and one must be born with the correct skill set, it cant be taught.
Anyone can be trained to manipulate artillery pieces, all they have to do is line up the numbers I give them on the piece, the hard part is getting
the numbers correct, every time, in time, without a single mistake, EVER!!!!
13-E Cannon fire direction control specialist, is only trained at one battalion in all the United States military, it is the brains, of the most
effective combat weapon ever created by man, AKA "The King of Battle" the artillery.
A- 2/80th field artillery school Fort Sill OK, loving reffered to by everyone including the post commander, and the Command Sergeant Major as
"ALPHATRAS", because we are on full lock down the entire 10 1/2 weeks, with the most exacting Drill Sergeants one will find in the military. It is
one of the only jobs with ZERO room for error or failure EVER at any level.
So they like to keep us around, they try to coax us with fat bonuses, and our duty is always light, but 1 single mistake EVER, and it is the long
dishonorable walk into the waiting walls of Fort Levenworth Kansas, as you just killed our guys instead of their guys.
When the infantry says they need a danger close fire mission, and they want the rounds 100 meters from their position, they dont mean 200 meters from
it, and they dont mean 50 meters from it, they mean exactly, to the meter 100m from their position, and in training or combat, we are shooting 100 LBS
bullets, with a 30 LBS steel casing and 70 LBS of military grade high ex, with a 99% casualty radius of 100 meters in all directions, for anyone not
in cover, with a 20 meter timed( where the fuse time is set manually, meaning we have to calculate "square weight" of the rounds, all rounds dont
weigh the same, even "lots" of the same type weigh different, every variable you could imagine, including rotation of the earth, as the round goes
so high the earth actually rotates underneath it, and the round having a right spin pulls it right, so we adjust it left to compensate) or with a
automatic VT fuse, that has a radio transmitter head, that blows up when it hears itself at exactly 20 meters from the ground, height of detonation
for maximum effective dispersal.
Yes before you ask, I am in love with the field artillery, and yes, my heart does begin beating a little faster, as I lick my lips, pupils wide, every
time I even think I hear the words "FIRE MISSION!!!", because I know, I am about to get to do complex math, and then gauge my performance in real
time, as I count down over the coms tick....tick....tick....5..4....3...2..1....SPLASH!!! And I already know it will take exactly X seconds for the
sound to reach me, depending on the air density, wind direction and speed, rotation of the earth, general humidity, air temp, and distance/time of
flight to target.......and then I hear it.....WOOOMP on the horizon, followed quickly by radio contact from the 13-F(fox) saying "target
destroyed""....adjust fire, + 500, left 250...tank battalion in the open...FIRE FOR EFFECT!!!!!! "And the rounds go down range at such a pace, it
amazes, even the most seasoned of artillery men, as at first 1 LARGE boomb as all the battery fires at once, in one glorius salvo, followed by a
almost popcorn sounding effect, as the more experienced gunners outpace their lesser brothers in loading and firing........until we hear the only
words that will make us stop, "target destroyed", and the only words that will trample our joy....END OF MISSION....
Artillery says to its enemies- "Dont run, you will just die tired"
Ok, I think I need a cold shower now, that was an amazingly enjoyable blast from the past, I miss it soooooooo much