Saturday, 27th June, 2009
The Collected Wisdom of the U.S. Army
As the U.S. declines as a world superpower, to make way for China, we can still all derive some comfort from its homely wisdom.
"Aim towards the Enemy." – Instruction printed on U.S. Army Rocket Launcher
"When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend." – U.S.M.C. Training Bulletin
"Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground." – U.S.A.F. Literature.
"If the enemy is in range, so are you." – Infantryman’s Journal
"A slipping trigger gear could let your M203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what’s left of your unit." – Army’s Magazine of Preventive Maintenance
"It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed." – U.S. Air Force Manual
"Try to look unimportant; they may be low on ammo." – Infantryman’s Journal
"Tracers work both ways." – U.S. Army Ordnance Manual
"Five-second fuses only last three seconds." – Infantryman’s Journal
"Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid." – David Hackworth
"If your attack is going too well, you’re walking into an ambush." – Infantryman’s Journal
"No combat-ready unit has ever passed inspection."
"Any ship can be a minesweeper… once." – Anon Naval brass
"Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do." – Unknown Marine Recruit
"Don’t draw fire; it irritates the people around you." – Your Buddies
"If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him."