Whats yellow, got 34 legs and disobeys orders...

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  1. ...17 members of the 343rd Quartermaster Company , US Army, it would seem.

    Army probes if GIs refused dangerous Iraqi mission
    Friday, October 15, 2004 Posted: 3:14 PM EDT (1914 GMT)

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Army is investigating reports that several members of a reservist supply unit in Iraq refused to go on a convoy mission, the military said Friday. Relatives of the soldiers said the troops considered the mission too dangerous.

    The reservists are from the 343rd Quartermaster Company, which is based in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The unit delivers food and water in combat zones.

    According to The Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi, a platoon of 17 soldiers refused to go on a fuel supply mission Wednesday because their vehicles were in poor shape and they did not have a capable armed escort.

    The paper cited interviews with family members of some of the soldiers, who said the soldiers had been confined after their refusals. The mission was carried out by other soldiers from the 343rd, which has at least 120 soldiers, the military said.

    Convoys in Iraq are frequently subject to ambushes and roadside bombings.

    A whole unit refusing to go on a mission in a war zone would be a significant breach of military discipline. A statement from the military's press center in Baghdad called the incident "isolated."

    "The investigating team is currently in Tallil taking statements and interviewing those involved. This is an isolated incident and it is far too early in the investigation to speculate as to what happened, why it happened or any action that might be taken," the coalition press information center said in the statement, sent to The Associated Press in Washington.

    In the statement, U.S. military officials said the commanding general of the 13th Corps Support Command had appointed his deputy commander to investigate the incident.
  2. You ruined the punch-line, Armourer. You didn't give anyone a chance to ask "I don't know, what is yellow, has 34 legs and disobeys orders?" :roll:
  3. From another US report on this, the mother of a 20 yr old member of the platoon said "Her son e-mailed her earlier this week to ask what the penalty would be if he became physical with a commanding officer."

    Possibly an indicator that things were not totally happy in the platoon's chain of command?

  4. too dangerous lad? Tell you what is too dangerous - my foot up your arse. :D

    Telic 1 and a couple of TA chaps refused to set off on a convoy because they were all on light round orders - 10 each. In the end they got all tooled up, got the vehicles half-way down the road and took shit loads of incomming.

  5. Thus justifying their insistence on getting the rounds before going out the gate?
  6. Of course! Good drills as well, as i remember.
  7. if I was going to drive a feul tanker around iraq I'd want an armed escort and probably my head examined :twisted: