Discussion in 'Military Training, Doctrine, and Planning' started by OpanaPointer, Jul 4, 2010.
The Army is a silly place
How Not To Be Seen: (I knew I'd find one.)
as i can see the rules didn´t changed much from WWII til today. Only the style how to lay down is a bit different to ours. I have to look after my Army handbook and post some pics.
Is there a sketch on how to turn a door knob?
There's one on how to walk.
At the risk of raining on the fun here this might be the perfect time to put these apparently ridiculous instruction manuals into their proper perspective.
The massive mobilization effort of WWI brought to light a new wrinkle in the country’s population shift from farm to city. Many young men who were born and raised in the urban – industrial environment had never dug a hole, carried a board, fired a rifle, or engaged in any of the activities that were every day jobs on farms and ranches. In response, the US Army found that it had to teach its new recruits these basic skills, a fact that was reflected its training manuals. With the coming of the Great Depression, and the creation and implementation of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the lack of certain skills among city born and bred men had to be addressed yet again by the US Army. The even more massive mobilization of manpower during WWII created an even greater need to train inductees into the US Army in the proper methods to carry out the simple tasks of carrying boards, digging holes, lifting rocks, etc. Little has change in the following decades, and many new recruits still require training in these basic skills.
In it's infinate wisdom, the military will show you the correct way to wipe your ass!
An airforce Sargeant once told me that Officers latrines had specially enlarged holes, so that the orderly standing behind each seat had room enough to reach down to wipe the cheeks of the officers arse.
Defecation by numbers, by numbers...ONE!
My favorite quote from 60+ years of PS magazine (Army preventive maintenance publication) is, "The Army way is the right way for the Army."
No arguing with that bit of circular logic.
Oh, yeah. PS magazine online here:
Archive from the early 50's to early 70's here:
VCU Libraries Digital Collections : Browse
Gotta love the ole PS Magazine. I used to read those in the motor pool just to get a laugh and pass the time away. After PMCSing my vehicle for the millionth time that week.