i've heard all sorts of stories about what poor soldiers the yanks are, no stamina, no leadership abilities at low level etc. are these stories true, do you have any good ones yourselves about the septics?
Like anywhere fella, you get dregs and good profesional soldiers alike. Some of their lads really know their stuff and are very profesional indeed. And you get some real wasters. I'm sure you've seen that in our forces
Ooooh get you Rigger getting all Victor you ghastly yid. Come on ROOT get a grip or I'll you will end up with the badest chinese and a monkey scrub on your Napper.
But your are right, some of them are allreet, but theys talks funny dun em.
We got one to explain the 24 hour clock to us, in the cookhouse at Westdown Camp, because we didn't understand it. He spent ten minutes patiently showing us his watch and getting us to add or subtract 12 where applicable. He kept referring to it as My-littery time.
He was fairly thick.
Mind you, we used to go through their bins in the mornings, minesweeping their infinitely superior rations.
They used to watch us out of their windows, so I imagine we looked fairly cool too.
A lot of their officers are commissioned straight out of their ROTC programme without ever going near an academy. Some are worse than useless and they rely on their NCOs, who are on the whole, very switched on. You hear some horror stories of guys ditching kit when they get tired during training and a general reliance on doing things by the book until they have been in a few years and get a clue about what is going on around them.
That being said, I know and work quite closely with a number of the staff at a US HQ in London and they tend to select some very switched on people to work there. I know at least 3 people who studied at MIT, and you don't get there by being stupid!
Can anybody tell me if the American's understand that the world is split into time zones? Im constantly getting calls whilst on duty in the middle of the night from people requesting to speak to somebody or other. The funny part is how indignant they get at being told that said person is not at work. "Why!!" they ask, "Erm, because its the middle of the night!?!" -beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.