When the Americans get back to Ft. Drum and start telling stories about their adventures in Europe the Marine Infantry is going to figure in lot of them and their reputation as "The Worst Soldiers in The World" is just going to keep growing .
There was a gag TL once that featured among other things, Helen Keller getting busted for voyeurism. She never went blind in that one. Or Mother Teresa being the brutal head of a Mafia family. Compared that, someone not getting into body building is very plausible.I tried to imagine the Governator having zero muscle with a gap in his front teeth, and... I failed.
There was a gag TL once that featured among other things, Helen Keller getting busted for voyeurism. She never went blind in that one. Or Mother Teresa being the brutal head of a Mafia family. Compared that, someone not getting into body building is very plausible.
There is a German expression that says „etwas in den falschen Hals bekommen“. Literally it means to choke on something. But it has a more figurative meaning that can be best translated as getting something completely wrong. Arnie certainly has „etwas in den falschen Hals bekommen“.
Really? I knew he was weedy as a teen but I thought his National Service started him bulking up.
Being off base reminded Ritchie of the conversations that had dogged those who had gone to Europe. Those who hadn’t been in Laupheim didn’t believe the differences in personnel that had been encountered, that a large portion of them had been women. Parker had said that it was because during the Soviet War the Germans had their backs against the wall. They could not afford to be choosy about who they took into their Army and every woman who volunteered to join the Auxiliaries had freed up a man who could be fighting on the front lines. After the war ended the Auxiliaries had been folded into the Service Branches. Now, two decades later those same women had made careers of it and were in supervisory positions. Those who had remained in Fort Drum didn’t believe that men and women could work together in that capacity, wouldn’t the boys being boys get in the way? In Laupheim, Ritchie had heard mention that bad behavior was asking for the Tigerin to appear at their door. Ritchie had no idea who or what a Tigerin was, but it sounded ominous the way that they had said it.
“I don’t know how much attention you pay to world events” Cooper said, “But it isn’t just you, it seems like the whole world is going nuts so the Special Forces are going to be needing more teams and those teams are going to need leaders.”
“Exactly what are you suggesting beyond the obvious Sarge?” Ritchie asked.
“Right now, Mullens is the Assistant Team Leader” Cooper said, “He’s great in a firefight, the rest of the time…”
“I see” Ritchie replied. That could be said about all of them. The fact that Cooper was considering replacing Mullens meant that something must have happened to really piss him off.
“I’m talking about an opportunity for hard stripes Valenzuela” Cooper said, “Just think about it.”
Ritchie took a sip of beer as he considered how to take Cooper up on that offer without having any hard feelings from Mullens.