January 24, 2023 | Eul Basa

Top Secret: Military Stories


50. Thinking With Your Stomach

Nearing the end of Army basic training, we were doing our one-week field exercise. The Drill Sergeants have us in a half-circle around their tents where they're cooking (for themselves, of course) and talking about how they're going to be using CS gas grenades on us.

He holds out one of the grenades menacingly, and pulls the pin.

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57 out of 60 recruits immediately turn and run. Three of us just continue to sit there like we're watching television. Drill Sergeant turns to me: "Why didn't you run"?

I point to the food and say, "I did not believe you'd willingly contaminate your own food Drill Sergeant"! He puts the pin back in the grenade and just gives me a nod, and goes to round up the ones who ran away.

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