Cowardice

#1
When we parachuted into the invasion of Panama, the stick pusher on my bird was Staff Sergeant Muhar. He chickened out of the jump and flew back to Bragg. He left his infantry squad to fend for themselves in the middle of combat. We all jumped on a red light so I'm guessing he was transferred to HQ instead of getting the boot because there wasn't a green light.

Anyhow, we terrorized him when we got back. We even made up running cadences - where is your jump star, mu-har?!

Any witnessed acts of cowardice during your service?
 
#2
only my own, but I was a Crab so what would you expect*?

*I didn't tell the big butch WRAC to f**k off when she caught me dancing with her girlfriend - I should have got LMF for that, but I didn't want to die at the time
 
#3
In the middle of a 'boat race' a team member refused to finish his pint as he felt sick. Reprehensible, he should have been marched in for it.
 
#4
When we parachuted into the invasion of Panama, the stick pusher on my bird was Staff Sergeant Muhar. He chickened out of the jump and flew back to Bragg. He left his infantry squad to fend for themselves in the middle of combat. We all jumped on a red light so I'm guessing he was transferred to HQ instead of getting the boot because there wasn't a green light.

Anyhow, we terrorized him when we got back. We even made up running cadences - where is your jump star, mu-har?!

Any witnessed acts of cowardice during your service?
Now this may seem like a stupid question, but does not a red light mean don't jump? I am just asking, because I am now not sure if in the US red means stop.
 
#8
Correct. Red light means don't jump. This was combat so we didn't care. We all jumped on a red light.
Hmm, so you could have quite easily parachuted into the wrong area then and cocked up the mission. Now I know why the USAF pilots took out some Brits even though they had visual* and electronic identification and were told by AWAC controllers they were British.

* The yanks thought the Brits had Orange missiles! Who the **** takes orange missiles into combat?
 
#9
I didn't realize there were so few combat veterans in the UK. This conversation wouldn't be unusual in the U.S. We have a lot of combat experience.

I don't mean to be disrespectful and trolling.
 
#12
I didn't realize there were so few combat veterans in the UK.

edited to add - mong entry because I hit the wrong button - I'm not agreeing with the OP
 
#15
I didn't realize there were so few combat veterans in the UK.
Depends how you define 'veteran' - when I worked with the USAF in Berlin the lad next to me got the Occupation of Germany and Liberation of Kuwait medals making him officially a veteran of WW2 (with all the benefits) and a vet of Desert Storm, even though he was thousands of miles away which rather puts the Article 5 pizza eating medal to shame.

And don't get too umpty, this is Arrse, the real combat vets try and make light of their actions, the rest of us also served who only stood and waited
 
#16
I suppose the combat vets mostly originate from the United States.

If you euros have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Most wars are started by the US.

I have a question, do you (in general, not just you) think that your rush and excitement to get into combat (or trigger time as I have heard yanks call it) has cost the lives of your colleagues?

By colleagues, I mean not only US personal, but those of other nations such as the UK, Canada and Holland.
 
#19
I didn't realize there were so few combat veterans in the UK. This conversation wouldn't be unusual in the U.S. We have a lot of combat experience.

I don't mean to be disrespectful and trolling.
I read that the life expectancy of an infantry soldier was estimated to be 9 minutes in world war lll, so I joined the RMP who had 36 hours... does that count?

On a more serious note, are we being wahed? And could someone tell JJH to weigh in with this numpty?
 
#20
Where are the paras? I'd much prefer to talk with my peers - people who actually served. You stand still dumbasses are worth about the same as a teenaged college drunkard.
 

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