In the military, practical jokes help pass time, generate camaraderie, and send a message of where you rank socially. The truth is, practical jokes are the reason for some of a troop's most ingenious uses of time. If you think about it, it can take a considerable amount of time to come up with various ways to prank somebody when they least expect it and get them to laugh about it afterward. So, what kind of practical jokes do service members play on one another? Well, the list is long, but here are a few common ones that are easy to pull off. Go find the blinker fluid.
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You may know that Google is tracking you, but most people don't realize the extent of it. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to dramatically reduce Google's tracking. Last time I messed with a private got me an ass chewing and almost a statement of charges. That is done by tapping it and listening to the sound. Well the genius did so. So yeah, I got reamed and was threatened to have to pay for it. In retrospect funny as hell but at the time not so much.
That was the last time I did that. Kid came back from the motorpool with a sledge hammer that had the weight in Kg on it. His squad leader gave him a 4 day pass for that. He actually turned out to be a damned good soldier. A South African colleage also an aircraft maintainer told me about a joke they did to newbies in the South African airforce. They guy would be sent to the stores on the far side of the airfield to get the bubble for the spirit level.
While he was walking there, his colleagues called the storeman, who then gave him a spoon with a little bit of soapy water with a bubble in it. Then the guy walked all the way back to the flight line, carrying the spoon with the bubble, not trying to spill it. Another one was a joke I have heard from a guy who used to be a helicopter maintainer in the British A Another one was a joke I have heard from a guy who used to be a helicopter maintainer in the British Army.
As you can see, the rotor blades are hanging very low when the aircraft has been parked. So like when you pushstart a car, he told the rookie to grab a rotor blade and run around the helicopter to turn the rotor really fast. That kind of thing is just a rite of passage. However, it did backfire on us one day when we sent a keen young thruster down to the p You know, the kind that does that nice yellow and black striped pattern. We always used to phone ahead to whatever section we were sending the boy to and warn them.
This time the NCOic paint shop took pity on the lad and quick as a wink knocked up some cardboard partitions to insert into a paint can, and then poured alternating yellow and black paint into the can. Sure enough, the shiny young airman came back to our bay carefully carrying a genuine can of yellow and black striped paint. I have heard of a private who received a very big medal as the result of having been sent on a wild goose chase.
He had been sent to a unit in Turkey that was on the Black Sea coast. Since the United States Government absolutely KNEW there were no Soviet submarines in the Black Sea, this was a harmless and funny thing to do to a new guy: you give him a pair of binoculars and a PRC radio, stick him out on the beach and have him report all the submarines that he saw.
Not knowing this, the guy got really pissed off when he saw a Soviet Kil Not knowing this, the guy got really pissed off when he saw a Soviet Kilo-class boat surface in his field of view. No one believed him when he called it in; he eventually called the duty officer all sorts of bad names and told him to get his fucking ass out here to look at this fucking submarine.
I was sent on a few of these little snipe hunts during my first week at my first duty station: no hair, no beard, no rank, still green. But not stupid. The IIC idiots in charge sur The IIC idiots in charge sure had a big laugh at my expense, and every day it was the same thing.
Gosh was I dumb! Did I ever get caught? Some first sergeant stopped in for a coffee and took a look at the green private sitting there with a donut and a book and asked me who I was and what I was doing at ten in the morning.
I told him I was just assigned to headquarters company, and I was out looking for a new can of spray squelch. I swear by the look on his face he would have promoted me to sergeant on the spot if he could. LMAO, yes, yes I did. I must be the worst of the worst, you know, for hazing and all. I have sent Marines for things from ID10T forms, a stack of [insert MOS designator], vortex generator fluid, aluminum magnets, and anything else we horrible haters and bullies could think up in our devious minds.
It's the right of passage. Only a couple of guys figured it out immediately; the rest ended up as comic relief for the rest of the work center. The first day at my first duty station, my trainer sent me to Supply for a fallopian tube. I went back to Supply and told the female SSgt who worked there what he was up to and asked her if she wanted in on the joke. She was game and accompanied me back to the shop floor. You'll have to take it out of the package yourself!
That was the first and last time he pulled any stunts on me. Three and a half years later, he was working for me. Prop wash is the turbulent airflow from the back of a propeller.
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