Friday, February 10, 2006

Funny Jarhead Story(FJS): Marine Boredom

So, when I was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, my unit (3d Battalion, 12th Marines, 3d Marine Division) went to mainland Japan frequently. We went to Camp Fuji (at the base of Mount Fuji) 9 times in 18 months.

One time, we were in the field for about a month. There were several groups within our battalion. One of the groups is called Counter-Battery Radar. Their job is to track incoming enemy artillery rounds, and use physics to extrapolate where the rounds were coming from.

Needless to say, we didn't receive a lot of enemy fire during our training exercises. So the guys in CBR were bored a lot. In addition to having no job, they were always set up a long way from the gun batteries and the other Marines in the unit.

Here are these three or four guys stuck in a tent together, in the middle of nowhere, with nothing to do. For days and days.

After the exercise, we're in a bus, on the way to Yakota Air Force base to fly back to Oki. We somehow start talking about how boring the exercise was. The CBR guys tell us that we don't know bored; they know bored.

Apparently, they were so bored, they decided to have a little contest. We were shocked when we heard what they were competing about. They decided to see who could stick his finger the farthest up his nose!

The best part is that the guy who won showed us how far he could shove it... I swear that man tickled his gray matter. He must have stuck his finger 3 inches up his nose!

We laughed for 20 minutes on that one.

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