Experience from a military perspective

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  1. Manny Laureano

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    I've often said that experience is that which is obtained after it was needed. The following from a variety of military sources corroborates that:

    Wisdom acquired through experience

    "A slipping gear could let your M203 grenade launcher fire when you
    least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what's left of
    your unit."
    - Army's magazine of preventive maintenance.
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    "Aim towards the Enemy."
    - Instruction printed on US Rocket Launcher
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    "When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend."
    - U.S. Marine Corps
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    "Cluster bombing from B-52s are very, very accurate. The bombs are
    guaranteed to always hit the ground."
    - USAF Ammo Troop
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    "If the enemy is in range, so are you."
    - Infantry Journal
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    "It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just
    bombed."
    - U.S. Air Force Manual
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    "Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never
    encountered automatic weapons."
    - General Macarthur
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    "Try to look unimportant; they may be low on ammo."
    - Infantry Journal
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    "You, you, and you ... Panic. The rest of you, come with me."
    - U.S. Marine Corp Gunnery Sgt.
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    "Tracers work both ways."
    - U.S. Army Ordnance
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    "Five second fuses only last three seconds."
    - Infantry Journal
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    "Don't ever be the first, don't ever be the last, and don't ever
    volunteer to do anything."
    - U.S. Navy Swabbie
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    "Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid."
    - David Hackworth
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    "If your attack is going too well, your walking into an ambush."
    - Infantry Journal
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    "No combat-ready unit has ever passed inspection."
    - Joe Gay
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    "Any ship can be a minesweeper... once."
    - Anonymous
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    "Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do."
    - Unknown Marine Recruit
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    "Don't draw fire; it irritates the people around you."
    - Your Buddies
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    "If you see a bomb technician running, follow him."
    - USAF Ammo Troop
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    "Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death ... I Shall Fear No Evil. For
    I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing."
    - At the entrance to the old SR-71 operating base, Kadena,Japan
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    "You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3."
    - Paul F. Crickmore (test pilot)
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    "The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."
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    "Blue water Navy truism: There are more planes in the ocean than
    submarines in the sky."
    --From an old carrier sailor
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    "If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a
    helicopter -- and therefore, unsafe."
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    "When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough
    power left to get you to the scene of the crash."
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    "Without ammunition, the USAF would be just another expensive flying
    club."
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    "What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If
    a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, .... the pilot dies."
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    "Never trade luck for skill."
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    The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in aviation
    are:
    "Why is it doing that?",
    "Where are we?" and
    "Oh Crap!"
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    "Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers."
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    "Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully
    complete the flight."
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    "A smooth landing is mostly luck; two in a row is all luck; three in a
    row is prevarication."
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    "Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!"
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    "Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in a flight bag for the
    purpose of storing dead batteries."
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    "Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a
    person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about
    it."
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    "When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten."
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    "Just remember, if you crash because of weather, your funeral will be
    held on a sunny day."
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    Advice given to RAF pilots during WWII: "When a prang (crash) seems
    inevitable, endeavor to strike the softest, cheapest object in the
    vicinity as slow and gently as possible."
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    "The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely
    kill you."
    - Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)
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    "A pilot who doesn't have any fear probably isn't flying his plane to
    its maximum."
    - Jon McBride, astronaut
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    "If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the
    crash as possible."
    - Bob Hoover (renowned aerobatic and test pilot)
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    "Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you."
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    "There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime."
    - Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ,
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    "If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to."
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    Basic Flying Rules: "Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go
    near the edges of it. The edges of the air can be recognized by the
    appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It
    is much more difficult to fly there."
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    "You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full
    power to taxi to the terminal."
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    As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn
    off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives,
    the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks "What happened?"
    The pilot's reply: "I don't know, I just got here myself!"
    - Attributed to Ray Crandell (Lockheed test pilot)

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  2. brian moon

    brian moon Forte User

    No fair making me look up words. I was playing Madden all night.
     
  3. iguananaught

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    "The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."
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    "Blue water Navy truism: There are more planes in the ocean than
    submarines in the sky."
    --From an old carrier sailor
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    These made me laugh very hard. I can't wait to share them with my Navy buddy.

    Manny, I caught the all american program on July 23rd. Great playing as usual. The Copland "Card Game" solo was spectacular. As was the Gershwin solo. Inspiring as always. I would have come back to say hello, but I was with three very hungry women, and they really wanted food at Brit's. Glad you are back,

    patrick
     
  4. Manny Laureano

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    I hate you. You thuck.

    ML
     
  5. iguananaught

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    nah dude, you thuck. You thuck the biggest and baddest.
     
  6. JackD

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    I love these two :D
     
  7. tpter1

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    Love that one. Some of them make me fear...humour has a grain of truth, does it not? I have a student going into the armed forces next July after he graduates. Wants to be in special ops. I think about him while reading these. I will share them with him when school starts!
     
  8. trickg

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    Glenn, that's also on claymore mines. (Front towards the enemy)
     
  9. Solar Bell

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    Should be on trumpets too.

    -cw-
     
  10. Mr. Semman

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    What may seem idiotic, is actually practical. Just ask any serviceman about their basic training. There will usually be some stories about some idiot that did something stupid. Hence, big, simple labels on some weapons, and a plethora of informative statements like Manny posted.

    I have been shot at twice in my life. Both by soldiers who had been trained on the M-1911 .45 cal pistol. Both were clearing their weapons at the time; and both shots missed my head by inches.

    DUCK!!!

    Great post Manny.

    Gary
     

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