posted on Aug, 9 2013 @ 03:34 PM
reply to post by CIAGypsy
Used to be that DARPA or the DoD asked Soldiers what they needed. Oh...they still do that, they just don't listen anymore, with the exception of
MRE's. Just look at the US Army's ACU's. Nobody liked them, but they were approved anyways.
There also used to be a program within the military (I don't know if it exists anymore) that would pay Soldiers a bonus when they came up with a idea
that actually made sense.
I knew a guy who used off the shelf items to come up with a target that you could zero a thermal rifle scope with. The program awarded him with
$25,000.00 dollars before taxes. Apparently, the DoD had been working on this issue for some time to the tune of millions. That was back in the early
What's funny about that story is that he invested some of that bonus into the lottery and won $4 million.
He had two years left till his
retirement and the Army tried to kick him out because he was now wealthy. He took the case to JAG and won.
He did his final two years and
I love a happy ending.