It’s been five weeks now, and I have learned lots of things about how to waste tax payers money most efficiently. Seb mentioned paper-targets, yeah, I have been giving those a hard time. Using live ammo with NATO’s most powerful standard automated rifle may seem fun… it’s not! After every shooting you have to clean your rifle for 1-2 hours. Sometimes we’re given blanks and sent into the woods to make noise and crawl on the ground. This is when all the smart guys doesn’t fire their weapons, they just crawl on the ground. There’s allways this trigger happy guy around to make the noise for you. No blanks fired means no cleaning of weapon.
The constant walking, running, standing correct and cleaning your room is subsiding. We are no longer infantry, we are learning to be truckers. This is where army life gets fun, driving 25000 kilos of Scania downtown in the nearest city is really something. An officer is even considering me for Tanks transport, a huge semi with a german Leopard II. That’s 80000 kilos of vehicle, that’s fucking awesome!
But it’s not worth it, it’s a whole year of getting up early, eating food that tastes like crap and being out in the field 60-80 days during the year. It turns out that things like cs-gas without gas mask, fire drills in the middle of the night and heavy rain during long walks is no fun either.
A funny story before I sign off, I was showing my closet for inspection the other day, and the inspecting officer took an interest in the book I was reading, saying it was a very good book. The book I’m currently reading is none other than “Stupid White Men”, a book I, and several others in my troop, have brought to seem more like rebels. The norwegian army is after all very US-friendly. So much for being a rebel.