Inappropriate T-Shirts, etc

Mr Happy

LE
Moderator
#1
To: All Commands
Subject: Inappropriate T-Shirts, etc

Ref: ComMidEastFor Inst 16134//24 K


1. All commanders promulgate upon receipt

2. The following T-shirts are no longer to be worn on or off base by any military or civilian personnel serving in the Middle East:

a. "Eat Pork or Die" [both English and Arabic versions]

b. "Shrine Busters" [Various. Show burning minarets or bomb/artillery shells impacting Islamic shrines. Some with unit logos.]

c. Calvin cartoon figure urinating on the Koran.

d. "Napalm, Sticks Like Crazy" [Both English and Arabic versions]

e. "Goat - it isn't just for breakfast any more." [Both English and Arabic versions]

f. "The road to Paradise begins with me." [Mostly Arabic versions but some in English. Some show cross-hairs from sniper scope.]

g. "Guns don't kill people. I kill people." [Both Arabic and English versions]

h. "Pork. The other white meat.' [Arabic version]

i. "Infidel" [English, Arabic and other coalition force languages.]

3. The above T-shirts are to be removed from Post Exchanges upon receipt of this directive.

4. The following signs are to be removed upon receipt of this message:

a. "For Sale. Iraqi Government Rifles. Never Fired, only dropped once."

b. "Islamic Religious Services Will Be Held at the Firing Range at 0800 Daily."

c. "Do we really need 'smart bombs' to drop on these dumb bastards?"

5. All commands are instructed to implement sensitivity training upon receipt
 
#2
so they dont have freedom of speach in the Middle East yet
:p

guess we got 2 show some respect
 
#3
Luckily the inflammatory nature of these t-shirts is always hidden by layer upon layer of body armour. Ironic really.
 
#4
Not really part of the hearts and minds battle.
 
#5
I noticed loads of lads on Shiba log base with t shirts saying
“It either Sunni or its Shitte” very amusing possible not PC though
 

Goatman

ADC
Book Reviewer
#7
The reference to Post Exchange (PX) gives it away really ....this is the Merkin Head-shed carefully locking the stable door l-o-o-o-o-ng after the mustang has bolted.....

What a load of boll0cks....they'd be better off telling their guys to

> take off the stupid Tom Cruise shades
> stop running over kids and leaving them to die
> drop the 'if you have someone by the balls their hearts and minds will follow' attitude.
> stop listening to Mossad on how to conduct COIN ops


Le Chevre
 

Mr Happy

LE
Moderator
#8
Goatman said:
take off the stupid Tom Cruise shades

Le Chevre
I challenged a USArmy Capt on the issue at Westpoint a couple of months back on the 'eye contact is very important you know' and he actually confirmed something I heard from an 'Operator's email' I saw on the www last year. The issue(?) (Oakley?) wrap around black sunglasses actually have ballistic properties and the Capt claimed a 96% reduction in eye wounds - they're not there to deflect bullets but shrapnel pieces, and whatever else causes eye wounds get fcked off. He acknowledged that they lost the 'hearts and minds eye contact battle' but said it was a Force Protection issue and not therefore really open to debate. He was, I hasten to add, an impressive and cultured American, not like the other % we keep meeting and so believe him absolutely.
 
#9
Oakley?) wrap around black sunglasses actually have ballistic properties
That being the case why not have clear glass not much problem with eye contact there or is there a distinct whiff of BS about this Captains tale.

Zippy483
 

Mr Happy

LE
Moderator
#10
zippy483 said:
Oakley?) wrap around black sunglasses actually have ballistic properties
That being the case why not have clear glass not much problem with eye contact there or is there a distinct whiff of BS about this Captains tale.

Zippy483
Very reasonable point, I shall email him. WAIT OUT
 
#12
Zippy

The Spams are ever ready to believe their own publicity, you wouldn't expect a Mod to fall for it.

Many (ie not all) Septics are not exposed to scepticism, and there is a danger that they all get wound up by each other until they are in an extremely dangerous 'love me, hate you' frenzy.

As a contrast, (and don't ask me why) I was reflecting on an incidident durin GW2 advance through central Iraq. Widely covered on TV, it featured a section (may have been more out of shot) in a town centre (Fallujah?) being confronted by a very agitated crowd (some armed) on all fronts.

The hundreds of locals were only feet from the Spams, but the SNCO/Officer-type ordered his men to lower their weapons and kneel down. He (IIRC) took off his specs and did the eye-to-eye smiling face. The crowd were (not unreasonably) concerned about encroachment into a religious zone.

Now, it may have been a cover for some nefarious bods/kit/activity, but rather than call in any heavy 'armor' or bombardment, he agreed to accept their word and return to an agreed distance.

I was wondering what the outcome was, did it help or hinder his career to be reasonable/rational or did he get ostracised for being 'yeller'?.

Answers on a t-shirt - or not.
 
#13
Best one I've seen was before the Army went PC and allowed those of questionable sexuallity in.

OTC recruiting stand at a freshers fair sited next to the G&LS stand because some joker thought it would be funny.

A young fatcakes chatting to the pretty girl in combats when up strolls what I later found out to be a JUO in a tee shirt reading

"Don't be a poof.... Join the OTC"
 
#14
whiffler said:
The hundreds of locals were only feet from the Spams, but the SNCO/Officer-type ordered his men to lower their weapons and kneel down. He (IIRC) took off his specs and did the eye-to-eye smiling face. The crowd were (not unreasonably) concerned about encroachment into a religious zone.

Now, it may have been a cover for some nefarious bods/kit/activity, but rather than call in any heavy 'armor' or bombardment, he agreed to accept their word and return to an agreed distance.
Top bloke but on the other side of the coin is the incident in Najaf where a heavily armed contingent of Americans, 'deliberatly' intimidated a group of locals outside a mosque with the consequent trouble that ensued (Sorry can't remember detail but sure a search of BBC or similar will yield the full story).

I suppose the point being they have some very able soldiers as individuals unfortunately bound by a huge superiority complex that eminates from the entire nation (Generalisation I know).

Zippy483
 
#15
I'm surprised you could read it with those new reacta-light shades you wear fatcakes? 8) :wink:

Or was this a really long time ago? :wink:
 

Mr Happy

LE
Moderator
#16
The man came back:

Excellent question! The answer is that the most common brand of protective glasses issued to US soldiers come with interchangeable lenses. Go to the company website (http://www.wileyx.com/hvpSeries.php and here http://www.wileyx.com/nsn.php) to see exactly what I'm talking about. I have two pairs. They're great!

If you ever get the opportunity to fly on a UH-60 Blackhawk with the doors open, trust me, you'll really appreciate it. Nowadays [back in the US] I wear the clear lenses when playing racquetball.

:)

Oops I forget to mention that each set comes with the frames, one set of clear lenses, one set of "smoke" lenses, a goggle strap, and a set of removable temples with leash.
 
#19
Mr Happy said:
The man came back:

Excellent question! The answer is that the most common brand of protective glasses issued to US soldiers come with interchangeable lenses. Go to the company website (http://www.wileyx.com/hvpSeries.php and here http://www.wileyx.com/nsn.php) to see exactly what I'm talking about. I have two pairs. They're great!

If you ever get the opportunity to fly on a UH-60 Blackhawk with the doors open, trust me, you'll really appreciate it. Nowadays [back in the US] I wear the clear lenses when playing racquetball.

:)

Oops I forget to mention that each set comes with the frames, one set of clear lenses, one set of "smoke" lenses, a goggle strap, and a set of removable temples with leash.
According to the official response to a letter in a recent issue of 'Soldier', the UK issue goggles have similar properties to the Spam ones.
 
#20
Oh god I am I the only one on here that remembers people getting busted for wearing never mind the Bo llocks T-Shirts back in the seventies
 

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