Before now poetry has taken notice
Of wars, and what are wars but politics
Transformed from chronic to acute and bloody?
from "Build Soil"
Robert Frost

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Welcome to the Twilight Zone

The Army makes me laugh sometimes.

The other day we went out for a test fire, to make sure all our weapons systems worked before taking our trip north. We were told there was limited ammo, so we each got one magazine to fire.

Today we get told that there is "a lot" of ammunition alloted for training, and we need to use it, so we take a platoon out to the range and spend the rest of the day shooting. We went through 5,000 or 6,000 rounds of M16 ammo, plus multiple crates of 9mm and crew-served ammo. For those of you who would call that a waste, don't worry. We'll take all the time putting rounds downrange we can get, before we do it for real. The only issue that I have is that not everyone got the chance to do it, since there were people out doing other training.

Also, for those of you who asked, here is a picture of a Middle East sunset:

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