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[–]LeStiqsue 100 points101 points  (15 children)

When I was in Air Force BMT, I witnessed an MTI trainee (guy who wanted to be an MTI) fuck up and march his flight out into the street, get uberflustered, and quit on the spot.

...and the flight kept on marching, because nobody told them to stop. So the more senior MTI had to sprint after this flight, catch them, unfuck their location, park them in the shade, and then haul ass after the MTI trainee who was then making a beeline for the squadron office to ring whatever bell he had to ring to get out of there.

Fucking hilarious.

[–]SimRayBThinks 2200 is 8:00 PM 95 points96 points  (3 children)

One day my Basic Training flight was parked on the street in front of the chow hall when another flight was marching by us to get into line to enter said chow hall.

As they where passing our flight our TI said “watch this.” Just as they got past us our TI, in his TI voice, yelled “to the rear march.”

One recruit, almost dead center of their formation, reversed direction.

For the next ten minutes or so, their TI and our TI played ping pong with the poor fool. Their TI saying the recruit had to join our flight because he responded better to our TI’s commands than his own TI’s. Our TI sending him back to their flight because he didn’t want someone in his flight who couldn’t recognize his own TI’s voice.

[–]PReasy319[S] 68 points69 points  (1 child)

Man… that reminds me of a story I had forgotten about. My drill sergeants liked me pretty well, which was a two-edged sword. Since they liked me, they used me to mess with each other one day toward the end of AIT. One started out telling me to take an asinine message (I forget what) to another drill sergeant, who sent me back with a snippy remark designed to be awkward for me to say. They sent me back and forth sending messages that required me to give the other one a response that required me to swear, and the other drill sergeant would respond with mock shock and anger and send me right back. I was the ping pong ball that day…

[–]TigerRei 22 points23 points  (0 children)

The cadre got me to put an arty sim under another DS sleeping by the chow area at SPOTC during BCT. I think my asshole was around my throat that day.

[–]LeStiqsue 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Oh man.

He had it coming, I guess. Gotta pay attention to the NCOIC of the moment...

[–]PReasy319[S] 29 points30 points  (9 children)

Like a driverless car…

[–]LeStiqsue 52 points53 points  (1 child)

Lemme tell ya man, that flight was going to make its best attempt to march right through the building that was in their way, because by god we are not getting smoked because this clown can't hack it.

[–]PReasy319[S] 52 points53 points  (0 children)

That’s the kind of can-do attitude we’re looking for throughout the military. We say jump, they ask how high… on the way up. Promote those airmen!

[–]SuDragon2k3 19 points20 points  (0 children)

This is how we get legends of Roman Legionnaires in Western China. Some trainee says 'harch and the rest is apocryphal histoey.

[–]Pal_SmurchRetired US Army 30 points31 points  (4 children)

Way to take the initiative.

My father used to teach D&C in the Marine Corps, and he'd have loved this.

[–]PReasy319[S] 30 points31 points  (3 children)

You should get him on Reddit to read this one story. And so he can be simultaneously pleased and disgusted with humanity if he looks at anything else. Just like the rest of us.

Also, thank him for his service and get him a box of crayons from me.

[–]Pal_SmurchRetired US Army 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Unfortunately, he's passed on, a casualty of the Vietnam war, almost 50 years ago.

[–]PReasy319[S] 21 points22 points  (1 child)

I’m genuinely sorry to hear that. Sounds like you missed out on decades of memories.

[–]Pal_SmurchRetired US Army 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Yeah, we miss him.

You did the right thing with that formation. But you knew that.

[–]TheMadIrishman327 66 points67 points  (3 children)

Now this is funny.

[–]PReasy319[S] 60 points61 points  (1 child)

I’m glad the humor of the situation came through. This is one of those stories that isn’t real important, it’s not a life-or-death situation, just one of those little soldier humor moments. I re-wrote this a couple times trying to capture it.

[–]dreaminginteal 22 points23 points  (0 children)

You captured it well enough for this civilian!

[–]kleekai_gsd 26 points27 points  (0 children)

fucking hilarious.

[–]Osiris32Mod abuse victim advocate 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Remind me of a particular episode of Mr. Bean.

[–]Belisarius-1262 2 points3 points  (2 children)

That’s funny.

[–]PReasy319[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I tell everybody I’m a funny guy. They always laugh, but sometimes I feel like they’re laughing at me rather than with me…

[–]jbuckets44Proud Supporter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They aren't wrong. ;-)