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Old May 12, 2010, 11:00 PM   #21
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I have a very soft spot in my heart for army aviators after eglin. The swamp does suck big time in the summer.
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Actually, it's the worst of the worst by design I think. The army always locates its training areas in the worst environment possible. I think to toughen us up. And yes, of all army MOS"s, the aviators had(have) the most dangerous job, ahead of the Infantry.
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Old May 12, 2010, 11:13 PM   #23
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the chopper guys, already pack their birds with as much food as possible before they fly a new class out to the swamp to begin. They know what the students will be up against. When I was enlisted straight out of HS I was a 21B attach to a light infantry bn. Everyone was tabbed at Bragg.
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The thing about Eglin, and my local area, for that matter, is that there are so many critters that can kill you if you're not careful. Alligators, pigmy rattlesnake, eastern diamondback, wild hogs, hordes of mosquitos, etc., etc, ad nauseum.But we have beautiful beaches with sand as white as sugar, and hurricanes, and now, an oil slick. So everything is wonderful in paradise!
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Old May 12, 2010, 11:17 PM   #25
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the chopper guys, already pack their birds with as much food as possible before they fly a new class out to the swamp to begin. They know what the students will be up against. When I was enlisted straight out of HS I was a 21B attach to a light infantry bn. Everyone was tabbed at Bragg.
That's one time being a chopper pilot/crew has its advantages! They're not being shot at.
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The snakes bother me the most.

After eglin, I learned that I hate light units.
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That's one time being a chopper pilot/crew has its advantages! They're not being shot at.

They gave the food to the student. Which was really really nice of them.
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The snakes bother me the most.

After eglin, I learned that I hate light units.
I wasn't that smart. It took vietnam to teach me that
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after collage, I made sure I went to a heavy unit, became a 12A/C
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They gave the food to the student. Which was really really nice of them.
They probably felt sorry for the students. After all I'm sure the aviation guys had better sleeping arrangements...
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