Basic Training Story #4351

2015, it’s Halloween night at FTX 3 (Vic Forge) and coincedentally everyone in my platoon has the same “Dumb Private” costume as me. Anyway. 1st Platoon, my platoon has 2 DSs: DS O, a somewhat soft spoken(for a DS) infantryman whose seen some shit and carries an Abrams sized ass whoopin’ under his round brown, and DS T, a short, relatively chill female DS who happens to be an amazing marksman(top 100 at that). DS O is running night assaults as OpFor on the complete opposite side of my position. Note that DS O is the only DS running OpFor tonight.

The rain that has made my Company 1SG dub the entire operation “Vic Nam” has subsided around 1:30 in the AM, right on time for my 3 hour shift. Unfortunately, 4th platoon, who started about 2 fighting positions away from me, had ‘Just came under attack’ near the end of their 1 hour shift, and began blasting their supply of blanks into he moon-lit foliage in front of them. After 4 minutes of defense, 6 minutes of tense silence, and another 5 minutes of yelling and shooting, DS T wanders over to 4th platoons first fighting position.
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“What the hell are you privates shooting at?” DS T says calmly.

“DS S is in the woods! He was attacking us DS!” said the squad leader.

“Well did you see DS S?”

“No DS”

“Did you hear him?”

“We don’t think so DS”

“Than why the sh*t are you shooting?”

There was silence after this. “Don’t shoot unless you know it’s a threat, privates, jeez.”

As she is standing over my fighting position, checking on the troops, DS T comments, “Dumbasses, DS S is at home right now, and DS O is harassing 3rd Platoon…”

Thank god we were all POGs.

Know what we're sayin fam?

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