Military Punishments. part 1. 20 Punishments Handed Down By Superiors In The Military. These Are Horrifying But Genius. A private was caught walking to the show Military Punishment

Military Punishments

20 Punishments Handed Down
By Superiors In The Military.
These Are Horrifying But Genius.
A private was caught walking to the showers
without wearing his clothes. (Just holding his
towel and walking nude). The showers were in
the same bay, and it was just males in the bay,
but a female Drill from another platoon came in
and saw him, and made him drop and give so
pushups while nude.
USMC here. In our unit we had one guy that
would constantly hum songs. Well one day our co
had enough of his behavior so he Tells him to
Report to his Locker. so he goes to his locker and
stands in front of it, co tells him to get inside the
locker. when he does he shuts and locks the door
with him inside. He reaches into his pocket and
pulls out a quarter and pushes it through the vent
holes and tells the guy to start singing, and tells
him that whenever someone puts a quarter in the
slot he was to sing another song. this went on for
6 hours, the guy made around 15 bucks in
quarters and we were all in pain from laughing at
Needless to say he acquired the name 'jukebox'
and never hummed again
What are they going to do? Bend my dog tags?
Take my birthday away? chuckle chuckle"
Uhm.. Yep, apparently a Navy Captain did just
that once on purpose by deliberately sailing
parallel to the International Dateline then slipping
across it right on midnight.
Tomorrow suddenly became yesterday and no
birthday for you this year ya chuckle head.
During Beast at USAFA, one of my fellow cadets
started laughing at one of our Flight
whistling that "To the left, to the left" song. Cadre
went off on him...
Basic Cadet woo, are you laughing!?"
Yes, sir
why are you laughing, do you know what
happened today?"
No excuse, -"
Today is a day of national tragedy! We need to
memorialize his death. Pick up one of those
Does sal
This is now the Bruce Willis Memorial Rock.
What should we name RI?"
Sir, I do not kno-"
WE' RE GONNA NAME IT BRUCE! From now until
the end of Basic, you will carry Bruce with you at
all times! If I ask you how Bruce is doing, you will
show me Bruce and sound off "r' , sir."
Do you understand!?"
One of the other flights in my squadron had their
command for "forward march" changed to
Autobots, roll out." They had to make the
transformation sound from the old cartoon before
they were allowed to start marching,
In Basic training, one soldier hast his
canteen and asked the Drill Sergeant if he had
seen it. The Drill was angry at this for some
reason and made the private wander around for a
few hours asking all kinds of inanimate objects if
they had seen his canteen. Stt things like: "Truck,
have you seen my canteen?"
Saw a drill instructor (USMC) have a recruit find a
rock, name it Dignity and then throw it. Poor sap
spent the next chrs asking people if they' seen
his friend Dignity and walked around calling out
for it.
Got caught on basic with my Wed and I ran
around the camp for near 2 hours with my ipod
over my head shouting "i' m a stupid f** k for
bringing my ipod in the field" as the "enemy" was
attacking our camp. I then proceeded to put my
ipod in a plastic hag then taped it onto my helmet
and from there on I responded to Private mod.
When my instructor shouted play I had to sing,
skip I had to switch song etc... It lasted 2 weeks,
even during the night when I had hours to
A service member was a total f** , to put it
gently. Couldn' t be on time, couldn' t show up
dressed to standards, constantly forgot
professional courtesies, so on. When he was on
his last straw, his squad leader pulled him aside
and more or less started yelling, then stopped
lilo. You know what? I' m done yelling at you. It
doesn' t work. Stay right here; don' t go
anywhere." He stormed off into the company
building. The phrase, "stay right here, don' t go
anywhere" is typically the precursor to something
horrible happening when said in anger. The squad
leader eventually emerged carrying a smalldick
potted tree which he hands to the service
You will keep this tree alive. You will carry this
with you where ever you go in uniform. You will
take it to PT, you will take it to chow, you will
take it to work. If anyone asks you why you' re
carrying this f'" king tree around, you will tell
them, 'It' s to replace the oxygen I stole from
everyone else.'
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#6 - chcknchsr (05/18/2014) [-]
I had to check, but Bruce Willis is still alive.
I had to check, but Bruce Willis is still alive.
#165 to #6 - anon (05/18/2014) [-]
Well, you know what they say about old habits...
User avatar #67 to #6 - jonajon (05/18/2014) [-]
It was probably for when Die Hard 5 came out.
#12 - leonkierrn (05/18/2014) [-]
There is nothing like making private spend his whole Saturday in full gear to "sweep" the sunlight out of a parking lot.
#1 - tazzerz (05/17/2014) [-]
I love these military training punishment things so damn much. Some of them are pure evil genius.

Pic semi-related
User avatar #161 to #1 - nandaaz (05/18/2014) [-]

here's more, I'm pretty sure everything in the comp is from this thread
#73 - threeofclubs (05/18/2014) [-]
A guy in my unit went AWOL. After the army quit paying him he called his SGT and asked why. His SGT told him to go to any police station and explain to them the situation, being government employees they'd be able to help him out. We never heard from him again.
#53 - anon (05/18/2014) [-]
User avatar #62 to #53 - mkgt (05/18/2014) [-]
I'm a ******* Major General, so watch your **** , son.
#80 to #62 - anon (05/18/2014) [-]
lol ******
User avatar #76 to #62 - blokrokker (05/18/2014) [-]
Are you the very model? The very model...of a modern Major General? Do you have information? Information...vegetable, animal, and mineral?
User avatar #213 to #76 - mkgt (05/18/2014) [-]
Vegetables- Yuck
Animal- Yum
Mineral- Nah
User avatar #122 to #62 - dawggz ONLINE (05/18/2014) [-]
Major Cunt?
#56 to #53 - neoexdeath (05/18/2014) [-]
I'm in the Coast Guard, so 			****		 you.
I'm in the Coast Guard, so **** you.
User avatar #159 to #56 - tealcanaan (05/18/2014) [-]
"I'm lucky, so **** you"
User avatar #55 to #53 - thegrimgenius (05/18/2014) [-]
User avatar #83 to #53 - BwainPhreeze (05/18/2014) [-]
You found my Dignity!
#87 - PenguinsOfMars (05/18/2014) [-]
i ship to usaf basic training in 9 days, glad i chose the pussy branch
User avatar #129 to #87 - coolchalkyxxx (05/18/2014) [-]
Good luck in the "Chair force".
#131 to #129 - PenguinsOfMars (05/18/2014) [-]
deployed army and marines do r&r on air force deployed locations, i regret nothing
deployed army and marines do r&r on air force deployed locations, i regret nothing
User avatar #133 to #131 - coolchalkyxxx (05/18/2014) [-]
Haha I know man I was just messing. Sides' Im in the Navy and we have our fair share names we get called. GL in basic.
#151 to #87 - leonkierrn (05/18/2014) [-]
You (can) get paid more if you get stuck in different military barracks then usaf, because other barracks will not be up to the usaf standards of livings.
#172 to #87 - Lulzilla (05/18/2014) [-]
I don't know of this USAF you talk about...
We have the Marines...Army...Navy...Coast Guard (Sorta), Then we have the Chair Force. No Air Force here.
#90 to #87 - anon (05/18/2014) [-]
Have fun at the golf course
#81 - samoaspider ONLINE (05/18/2014) [-]
I read the whole damn thing and I gotta say, the Jukebox one was the best in my opinion
User avatar #86 to #81 - loopymoomoo (05/18/2014) [-]
User avatar #9 - caffeinecommissar (05/18/2014) [-]
Sorry, but could someone,explain to me the issue behind walking naked to the shower?

I know military life is all strict-discipline and all, but it just strikes me as odd.

Now whichever militaryexplain / armyexplain / usarmyexplain explains it, I don't care.
User avatar #10 to #9 - windson (05/18/2014) [-]
das gay yo
User avatar #40 to #9 - usarmyexplain (05/18/2014) [-]
Well, for one he was out of uniform. The showers are usually in a room attached to the bay, with a changing room outside the shower area. The post doesn't say anything about footwear but you also need to have shower shoes on when you are in the shower.

Uniforms are kind of extremely a big deal in the military.
User avatar #82 to #9 - armyexplain (05/18/2014) [-]
It's nearly the same in all armies.
You're supposed to wear clothing to anywhere you go.

Showering in that case is a private activity, though, you wear bathing shoes ( Slippers ) shorts and a T-shirt to your shower.

As said below, in certain armies uniformal discipline is a highly appreciated discipline.
#13 to #9 - needmore (05/18/2014) [-]
Typically it wouldn't of been a problem seeing as it was in an all male squad bay, but since a female drill instructor stepped in it turned south real quick for the poor dude.
User avatar #15 to #13 - caffeinecommissar (05/18/2014) [-]
Makes me think there is a punchline to a joke here, somewhere...

So a female drill sergeant walks into an all-male bay...

...*something about privates dropping*.

Thanks for the answer though.
User avatar #41 to #15 - usarmyexplain (05/18/2014) [-]
"dropping" is just what they call doing push ups
User avatar #42 to #41 - caffeinecommissar (05/18/2014) [-]
Wow, your private parts can do push-ups, amazing?
User avatar #45 to #42 - usarmyexplain (05/18/2014) [-]
Private is the first rank in the army, and yes the rank is used as the butt of many jokes.

"Look at you, privates! Ya'll some nasty ass privates! It smells like feet in here! Don't worry, I'll teach you to be clean. 'Cause ya'll my privates, and I like my privates clean. Some of ya'll need to shave. I like my privates smooth."


"Look privates, I like you. You my privates. Nobody gets to touch my privates. Not even I touch my privates. If anybody touches you, you come find me and tell me. Some people think we should beat privates, I even want to beat my privates some times, but that's not good for privates."
a Drill Sgt explaining that they were not allowed to hit us.
#24 to #13 - leonkierrn (05/18/2014) [-]
That depends, last i knew that in an area that this kind of "exposure" could happen even if it was a male ds or di that he could have gotten in trouble.
#29 to #24 - needmore (05/18/2014) [-]
well I guess things change, when I went through boot camp I was running with only a towel around my waist into the shower, sometimes the towel would fall off, nothing came of it
#37 to #29 - superduperpuper (05/18/2014) [-]
So the towel dropped and nothing came of it... interesting
#34 to #29 - leonkierrn (05/18/2014) [-]
It might also depends much more if your basic was coed, mine was. Some still are not.
#11 to #9 - leonkierrn (05/18/2014) [-]
The military had to buckle down on sexual harassment cases. In an open bay, a room full of beds and wall lockers there are no places hiding places. So a dude walking down 100ft long room naked, while female DS can come and go is bad as it can lead to more issues.
The military had to buckle down on sexual harassment cases. In an open bay, a room full of beds and wall lockers there are no places hiding places. So a dude walking down 100ft long room naked, while female DS can come and go is bad as it can lead to more issues.
User avatar #14 to #11 - caffeinecommissar (05/18/2014) [-]
So... they trust them to be able to protect the country, but not to protect themselves?

I mean, I understand the whole 'sexual-harassment is bad mmmkay', but in a field of work that deals with guns and war it seems weird to expect people not to know some sort of self-defence.
#18 to #14 - leonkierrn (05/18/2014) [-]
You can't always have a good apple-tree without bad apples. After basic most people get slotted into their job and that job can take a long time to learn, many forget basic soldiering techniques. Not everyone even sees war, some people never leave the USA to go over seas. Not to mention if your not infantry then you'll almost never go over the stuff again. I was signal, after I finished training that was it. Sides few times at paintball training, which was once a year for me.
User avatar #25 to #18 - caffeinecommissar (05/18/2014) [-]
Fair point.
#17 to #14 - anon (05/18/2014) [-]
Wait, who should "be able to protect themselves"?
User avatar #19 to #17 - caffeinecommissar (05/18/2014) [-]
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#22 to #20 - leonkierrn (05/18/2014) [-]
he asked why the soldiers couldn't they protect themselves from sexual harassment and assault
#28 to #22 - anon (05/18/2014) [-]
Wtf, thats like saying that instead of preventing house fires, we should learn how to properly evacuate a house that's on fire. That's ridiculous. It's very easy to get harassed as a female soldier and nearly impossible to get help for it, numbskull.
User avatar #88 to #28 - caffeinecommissar (05/18/2014) [-]
Now you are just putting words in my mouth or twisting those that are there already. Not even sure I care which one.

I'd expect a soldier to defend themselves, yes, because their job description is pretty much "defending the country".

But that being said, I never said there shouldn't be any form for rape prevention.
#30 to #28 - leonkierrn (05/18/2014) [-]
That's what i was telling him
#33 to #30 - anon (05/18/2014) [-]
Yeah, that was meant for caffeinecommissar, sorry.
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User avatar #23 to #21 - caffeinecommissar (05/18/2014) [-]
Some anonymous guy asked me whom I meant should be able to defend themselves.

I answered soldiers.

I just figured, soldiers would - in case they were going to get into a combat situation - know how to defend themselves from the stuff you find in a war zone.
User avatar #27 to #23 - Temari (05/18/2014) [-]
Oh I get it. I totally misread this conversation. It's 3 am, I'm not awake enough for all of this. Sorry.
#36 to #27 - anon (05/18/2014) [-]
You, **** you for deleting your own comments just because you are afraid of red thumbs.
User avatar #185 to #36 - Temari (05/18/2014) [-]
Afraid of red thumbs? Look at my comments, that's not true. I deleted them because they were useless, they were questions that were answered.
#26 to #23 - anon (05/18/2014) [-]
Anon is back. I thought you were saying that since theyre soldiers, they should be able to defend themselves agains't sexual assault, which is a horrible thing to say. Blaming the victim and saying that prevention shouldn't happen, etc.
User avatar #31 to #26 - caffeinecommissar (05/18/2014) [-]
Well, I was kind of trying to say that being taught self-defence of various forms would logically function as some sort of prevention, though of course not 100% successful.

I'm not trying to condone rape of any sorts (male on female, male on male, female on male or female on female - all of them happens) - unless of course we are talking rape fantasies, but that is a matter of fetishists and tends to be prearranged within a set number of circumstances - but we are talking a profession here that deals with war, so naturally I had an expectation that people knew some self defence.

To be honest, I hoped for a better explanation than "Because of rape" for why you aren't allowed to be naked on your way to the shower, but it is a good enough reason for me.
#32 to #31 - anon (05/18/2014) [-]
Rape in the military is a play on power, though. And females can't tell anyone because they won't believe them or the person they told is in cahoots with the rapist.
User avatar #35 to #32 - caffeinecommissar (05/18/2014) [-]
Which is why there is such a thing called Military Police (or more specifically the aspect referred to as 'Provost').

Though of course as you implied it can be embarrassing to report it, but people not reporting rape isn't something isolated to the military.
User avatar #43 to #32 - usarmyexplain (05/18/2014) [-]
In any given unit their are 3, independent ways for anyone to report rape or sexual assault.

First would be the chain of command, it's very public,very messy, and if proven ends very poorly for the offender jail time is actually a vacation after what the army does to most people who are punished under the UCMJ .
Second is the EO rep, anyone can make an undocumented report in order to receive no questions asked support, medical care, and counseling. There are usually multiple onces to choose from, one for each level of command Company, battalion, brigade, ect.. .
Third, the option always exists to go to the IG office and make a report, totally anonymous as the IG is independent from their CoC, but that is more if you suspect that the above options are not feasible. Going to the IG office will get your entire CoC in a huge amount of trouble if the allegations are proven.
User avatar #16 to #11 - caffeinecommissar (05/18/2014) [-]
Thanks for the answer though.
#140 - firesky (05/18/2014) [-]
the birthday one remembered me of this masterpiece
User avatar #44 - RisenLichen (05/18/2014) [-]
Oh god I'm scared of **** like this happening when I go to basic. I can be a real **** up sometimes cause I need things explained to me a couple times before I get it.
User avatar #85 to #44 - iamnuff (05/18/2014) [-]
I know the feeling.

I'm not a huge ****** , (most of the time) but I don't buy into the "do as i say without question" thing.

you can call it "building discipline" as much as you like, but, in this context "discipline" means "conditioning to follow orders" which is basically brainwashing.

if i was given an order that didn't accoplish anything, just to see if I would obey (like "sweeping the sunlight out of the yard" or "asking people about a rock" i'd just refuse.

I'd get into **** for it, but it's not a worthwhile use of my time. i'm not gaining anything, the base isn't gaining anything.

I aren't learning and i'm not even working out.

it's literally pointless.

I'd probably drop out of bootcamp the first time something like that popped up.
User avatar #146 to #85 - durkadurka (05/18/2014) [-]
Just because you don't think there's a purpose to it doesn't make that the case. What they're accomplishing is your training. You may not realize it, but all that stupid pointless ******** is training you to not be a massive ****** .
User avatar #170 to #146 - iamnuff (05/18/2014) [-]

you didn't actually give a reason there, beyond "be a massive ****** "

if the "exercise" is to move a pile of sand from point a to point b, then back again (a common enough punishment) then it's nothing but makework. worthless.

the only thing it's "training" is the ability to mindlessly follow orders.

honestly, the cult-like methods they use are pretty creepy, when you stop to think about it.

User avatar #174 to #170 - TheExile (05/18/2014) [-]
Except they don't want you to mindlessly follow orders. That's the sort of ******** you read about on the internet and believe if you're very naive. You receive so much training on what to do when receiving orders that are illegal, immoral, or wrong in any way. It's your duty to refuse those orders, no matter who is giving them. Everyone has laws they have to abide by.

Also, the "reason" you're looking for is just to train you not to do it again. It's negative reinforcement, basically. I guarantee you, if you were forced to do some stupid **** because you forgot to grab your canteen, you'll never lose your canteen again. It's actually very effective, and people who are like you and can't even follow simple orders that don't hurt you, but really just pass time, are people the military is honestly better without.
User avatar #176 to #174 - TheExile (05/18/2014) [-]
I now realize how bad that last bit sounds, but I really did not mean it as an insult. It's just when it comes to that type of personality, where you not only question authority, but you will refuse it if it makes you unhappy, is a huge risk factor in the military. When you're dealing with people's lives and/or safety, higher ups shouldn't have to explain every detail before you do something because you don't like it. You will kill someone or risk/break millions of dollars of equipment. We're just better off without it.
User avatar #207 to #176 - iamnuff (05/18/2014) [-]
if you forget your canteen, then you get told not to forget it again and you ******* don't.

these are grown adults, not children, the only reason to lump backbreaking work on someone for a minor issue like that is to punish someone for breaking conformity.

sometimes entire squads are punished for the actions of a single person (which is against their own rules, but still happens) in order to try and force the recruits to "police themselves" which is also a standard cult method.

and yes, you DO get conditioned to obey without question. refusing an order can land you in jail, talking back to a superior officer warrants punishment.

you get lied to when you sign up, and if you try to leave (before being shipped to boot-camp, or within the first 180 days of the same) your officers will LIE to your face about how it's not allowed, or how you will get a dishonourable discharge (which shows up on your personal record forever) or such ******** .

if someone does submit the paperwork to get out, it's common practice to heap **** on them until the paperwork goes though and they leave, or retract the request to leave.

in order to actually report misconduct or complain about anything, you need to "request mast" (as it was called in the marines, not sure what the equivalent is in the army) but they never actually explain how to go about that, or what forms are required. check out this for a comparison

User avatar #210 to #207 - TheExile (05/18/2014) [-]
1) If only that was the way the world worked. Guess what? People aren't perfect. When they're under stress from MTI's, being in a new environment, cramming as much learning into a day as they are, and a lot of physical stress, they tend to forget small things unless something helps them remember, like a notable event.

2) Are you super young or something? These are ******* 18-20 year old kids. I'm only 21 and I realize how young I was when I first when through. They are not adults, they're ******* kids.

3) So anything a cult does should be taboo? That's ******* idiotic. Anyway, the reason the whole group is punished so people act as a team. This way everyone doesn't ignore someone else when they see that they're screwing up, and let them be punished. They're encouraged to work together.

4) You're retarded. None of us obey without question. In fact, there was a recent scandal on my base where a superior officer tried to give wrongful order. As soon as he gave the order, the pvt. asked him about it. When the NCO refused, he took it to the NCO's supervisor (as per regulation) and it was ******* handled. He was stripped of rank, two months pay, and out of the military within 3 months. Backtalking is punished, as it should be. Just because you have an opinion doesn't give you a right to be a disrespectful cunt about it. Present it professionally and per regulation. You will be heard and receive feedback. This has never failed for me, or my squad mates.

5) You think any other job is different? Every single job I have ever done in my life, I found I was lied to in one way or another. If they are found lying, they're in huge trouble. If it's that big of a deal and you have proof, take it up with someone and stop bitching. I have never met someone who used a Dishonorable as a threat, it's not a ******* joke. That's some ******** you hear 12 year olds telling each other.

More to come.
User avatar #220 to #210 - iamnuff (05/19/2014) [-]
1) if you have that many things that you need to learn and keep forgetting, then being given a ten hour punishment for a single one of them isn't helping.

2), no, i'm a grown ass man, which is why i can take care of preparing the things I need so i don't make the same mistake more than once or twice, and why I don't need someone screaming in my face about how i'm a worthless maggot every single time I do make a mistake.

3), no it encorages them to police themselves so the behaviour perpetuates itself over and over without anyone actually having to be told "ok, this is how we brainwash people"

and yes, cult like behaviour should be avoided (did I seriously have to type that?!?!)

4) sure they don't.
shall i send you a link to a suicide note by a man who opened fire without questioning it in the field, only to realize after he'd finished that he'd been ordered to gun down civvies?

5) ******************* .

if my boss tells me to do something pointless, i tell him. if he screams in my face that i'm a worthless ********* for talking back, i quit. and I do so without risking a Dishonourable discharge. (which shows up on your permanent record, just like a felony)

it's about basic human rights that get stripped from you when you join the military.

6) wrong, first hand survivor testamentary shows that these things still happen.
recruiters lie to you about your rights, people lie about your right to leave, refuse to give you the paperwork to fill in, or even admit that it exists. "the only way you get out of here if with a bulletwound" is a nice quote. as is "you knew what you were signing up for" (which is a lie, because again, recruiters lie)

7) depends on the base I suppose.
"requesting mast" (the USMC version) is a huge formal affair with strict rules and guidelines on how it must be "Requested" and responded to, because complains have a history of being ignored to swept under the rug.

so yea, wrong on all counts.
User avatar #211 to #210 - TheExile (05/18/2014) [-]
6) Maybe 10 or 20 years ago this was true. Who knows? This hasn't been true for the past 5 or so years though. In fact, people are desperately trying to stay in as the military kicks them out. It's not common practice to heap **** on them, it just feels like it to that person. Getting out involves an absolute ******* of paperwork, appointments, license revokes (at my base, at least), and generally eats up all your time. However, at the same time, you are still responsible for your job. You are still getting paid, so you are still expected to do all your additional duties. You don't get a free ticket. It's your choice, either live with it or give up and finish your time in.

7) In order to report misconduct, you go to your supervisor. Or their supervisor, if it's about them and you either have (or can't) confront the supervisor directly. If it's a huge problem, you take it to the Inspector General, which is a civilian office designed to investigate problems in the military. It's ******* advertised everywhere you go. If you have a problem, you call them. They always walk you through everything.

Now, I'm not saying the military is perfect, by any means. In fact, there are a lot of problems. But it's not some ******** , conspiracy ridden secret order. Grow up. You sound like you've been in and experienced a rough time. Get over it. Most likely, you had a bad supervisor, a bad reputation, were negligent, had someone who was handling your problems who was lazy, or all of the above. Personally, I find a lot of things stretched to the point of being ridiculous in that article, so I won't even mention it.
User avatar #209 to #207 - iamnuff (05/18/2014) [-]

I know some horror storys about the USMC personally, because my friend joined the marines, and he (along with one of his bunkmates) tried to send letters home saying how they were being abused and mistreated, asking for legal help to get out because Sarge was refusing to let them fill the forms for "Entry Level Separation" which is your "less than 180 days, failure to adapt to the lifestyle" thing.

None of the letters arrived. eventually, his arm got ****** up in a drill and he got out on medical.

couple of years later he bumped into the bunkmate, who DIDN'T get out.

the guy barely remembered the letters, or the mistreatment, just shrugged and said "i just grew up and stopped being a little bitch, it wasn't that bad" James was seriously shocked because he remembered this man crying himself to sleep and puking his guts up ever morning, contemplating suicide.
But the man just shrugged and said he didn't remember it being a big deal.

James dug out some of the old letters (the ones he was still writing but stopped trying to send when he realized someone was screening them) and showed them to his old friend.

the guy didn't remember any of it, barely remembered bootcamp at all.

tell me that doens't sound like an episode from the twilight zone.
User avatar #212 to #209 - TheExile (05/18/2014) [-]
It doesn't. What it sounds like is James had a very difficult time and failed to adjust. Mentioned it to his supervisor, who didn't take him seriously. Maybe his friends agreed with him in Basic, but as they adjusted, they decided this is what they wanted to do. I had two people in my squadron who wanted to leave. They were given the paperwork, then told their options. One left, the other stayed. Because they changed their mind. They refuse to mention it now. Why? Because they realize they were scared and unsure of how to react. Not because they were brainwashed and forced to stay. I barely remember bootcamp. Wanna know why? For the same reason I barely remember my 12th birthday party, the 7th grade, summer school, and a million other things. It was over a year ago, and I forgot. It was a small part of training that they nearly gave up, then changed their mind. Probably happened dozens of times. He could also be embarrassed by his actions. You said he cried? Even outside the military it's viewed as weak for men. He. Was. Embarrassed. He wasn't brainwashed, he wasn't scared, he wasn't anything. Except. Embarrassed. I heard multiple people crying my first night. Did they admit it the very next day? Not a single one. I guess they were brainwashed just by being in the room, before they met their instructors, huh?

You have to realize, these aren't super scientist/soldier hybrids who are trained to break people down and rework their mental states. They're just ******* people. A great friend of mine is an MTI now. He's tired all the time, and talks with me about interesting new ways to **** with the trainees heads. I've given him plenty of ideas. I guess I was brainwashed into being able to subversively assist in the brainwashing of people in specific scenarios? Oh no, better watch my back huh? Big uncle sam doesn't like when we become self aware.
User avatar #217 to #212 - iamnuff (05/18/2014) [-]
yeah, because the military doesn't have a history of hazing and abuse, right?

you don't call a place "hell" and seriously consider killing yourself to get away and then just forget about it.

as for the "mentioned it to his supervisor who didn't take him seriously"

no,He mentioned wanting to leave (as is his right) to his boss, who threatened to have his dragged off and locked up for "desertion" who put him through hours and hours of "Corrective training" (protip: using physical training as punishment is against Regs, because it teaching recruits that "you can get away with anything if you are fit enough") and essentially lied to him about his own rights while screaming in his face about how he was a maggot for wanting to leave his "Beloved Marine corp"

not enough wordcount to post the whole thing, but this might interest you, as a "survivor story" from someone who lived through it personally.

That was not a one time occurrence. It became every day and night for thirteen weeks. There was plenty of punishment. The recruits would understand that not only did they not have an identity outside of recruit but they would understand that their actions and attempts were never worthy until the recruit had become a Marine. The old self was worthless. The Marine was something of pride and honor. The state had to create people whose humanity had been denied so they would lay down their lives without question for the cause of the state.
User avatar #229 to #170 - durkadurka (05/19/2014) [-]
They won't just have you move a pile of sand without any underlying cause. Maybe you screwed up something: Say you keep wearing your uniform incorrectly. It's essentially a form of punishment that's supposed to motivate you to fix yourself.

But usually they don't go straight to that kind of method. It's generally reserved for people who consistently make the same mistakes and just don't get it. Believe me, there is a method to the madness. The methods DIs employ are carefully deliberate and pretty damn effective.

Again, just because you don't understand the reason doesn't mean there isn't one. Besides, the way you refer to training as "cult-like" tells me that you don't know much about military training.
User avatar #232 to #229 - iamnuff (05/19/2014) [-]
ofcourse theres a reason.

it's not to "motivate you"

useless tasks don't motivate anyone, it's to punish you so harshly that you never stand out again.

like I said, I wouldn't be able to handle it. those sorts of methods smack of manipulation to me, cult style brainwashing was never my thing.
User avatar #233 to #232 - durkadurka (05/19/2014) [-]
Your motivation boils down to "I need to get squared away because shoveling sand all day sucks". Again, it's used when needed.

If you think the point is to "not stand out" you really don't get it. Think about why a military wants to instill its soldiers with concepts such as "attention to detail" and "standardization".

You're really coming across as awfully elitist with the whole "I wouldn't stand for it" mentality. It makes you seem as if you're saying that you're smarter than all the people who go through training.

Also your use of the word "Brainwashing" bugs me. It's really just angsty-teen- speak for "teaches you to operate as part of a team" (as well as a variety of other skills).
User avatar #46 to #44 - kiazuka (05/18/2014) [-]
Basic isnt that bad. most of these are just exaggerated stories. Don't get me wrong, you will get a lot of dick while on basic, but it won't be anything like this. just enjoy it and try to grey man the course.
User avatar #47 to #46 - RisenLichen (05/18/2014) [-]
I dunno.. cause I'm not one to crack under pressure really, but for some reason whenever I look someone in the eye I tear up. Not caused I'm scared, but probably because I am pressured. I feel like if they see me tear up it'll cause problems
User avatar #173 to #47 - TheExile (05/18/2014) [-]
I'll let you know now, work on that. Work on that **** right now. Because the second they saw someone crying (or even tearing up) in my flight, they tore him to pieces. For days they teased and ridiculed him, until he tried to quit. They're not entirely heartless. The second he approached our supervisor, they sat down and talked with him to make sure he was okay, and to sort of "encourage" him to stay, and get his esteem back up some. He eventually graduated with the rest of us.
User avatar #125 - tonicwater ONLINE (05/18/2014) [-]
I've got one
USAF Basic Training
It was pretty early on in training (about 1st or 2nd week) and the flight was just starting to come together as a group but most people still had a hard time moving with a purpose. One day, the training instructor calls a column of files to bring the flight inside and everyone does their usual slow paced meander inside. This time the instructor is not having that **** . He has everyone form back up outside at double arm intervals. This is a dead giveaway that we are going to get put on our faces. "It is clear to me that you all can not get it though your thick skulls that you are supposed to move with a purpose out here! Every flight that I push is the best at what they do and if you want to move slow, we are going to be the slowest damn flight in the history of the air force! How many of you have seen the Matrix?" Most of the flight raises their hands. "Good. Now I am sure that you all have seen the scenes where they are all moving in slo-mo to dodge bullets. I want you to move no faster than that! Get on your faces!" Everyone takes nearly a full minute to get into pushup position. We do several 20 second pushups (10 seconds going down 10 going up). During these pushups two girls from another flight march by and he pulls them aside and tells them to go meet up with the rest of their flight and tell them about how slow our flight was and to write home to their families about how slow our flight was. He then calls us to go inside once more and everyone does this awkward (and slightly painful) slow motion walk to go inside. If anyone took more than 1 step every ten seconds he would yell " Woah Trainee! Thats way too fast! You might overexert yourself!" It took the entire flight over 20 minutes to climb 2 sets of stairs to our dormitory. Needless to say, we never half-assed anything for the rest of training.

I have a few others but this one is the best.
User avatar #169 to #125 - TheExile (05/18/2014) [-]
Man. The two funniest things I ever saw were things trainees did, not what MTI's did (not to say there wasn't a lot of crazy **** they did, but these two people just kill me).

First was some kid who managed to skip out on EC duty for most of basic. 6th week, he's on it for the first time. MTI came up to the door and knocked. When the kid went to verify his name, he said the MTI was not verified. I was Bed 1 as EC Monitor, and could tell I was ****** for not training him right away. He kept going through the steps, asked if he could refer him to his MTI wat , the CQ. . . MTI said no to everything. Instead of starting over like he should, they just stared at each other for a good 30 seconds. Then, the kid sealed his own fate. After the staredown had long been awkward, he slowly closed the window flap and tried to walk away. Apparently, our MTI had keys, and that trainee had one hell of a day after.

The other kid had waited until our MTI had left, then when he was cleaning the office, he found the MTI's hat. Instead of assuming he would come back for his hat, which is part of regulation, he assumed that the hat would be there for the night. He started marching around our dorm in nothing but his dress shoes, socks, and the MTI hat. Our MTI returned just in time for him to do a facing movement and face the MTI. He slowly approached the kid and just took the hat then walked away and left without a word. Next day he paid hell for it, though.

Originally we thought the second kid only got off that night because it was so late and our MTI had somewhere to be. . . our MTI later told us it was because it took every ounce of self control he had to burst out laughing in front of us.
#168 to #125 - Lulzilla (05/18/2014) [-]
Here's a good one.
USMC Parris Island

My Senior Drill Instructor had a funny way of getting rid of people he did not like. If you proved to be to pathetic for him he'll suddenly decide to start trying to sell you gerbils and cats at night. He would be on your ASS during the day but once lights out came he'll creep up on you in the middle of the night while you sleep. Brings magazines and books about gerbils and cats while he begins to tell said recruit random facts out of these books. Some facts he made up. He would ask him if he'd want any gerbils or cats since he had a couple. Tell said recruit to write back home asking if they want any cats or gerbils. When morning came he would completely ignore the fact that he ever did that. If ANYONE asked he'd deny it but we all knew it happened. This would drive recruits insane within a week.

Another favorite tactic he does is if you are bed rest for whatever reason but if he did not like you. He would completely block out the windows with black paper so NO light comes in. Take away any clocks around that they could see from their rack. No one was allowed to tell him the time. No one. The only way he'd know what time it was is by when he's fed and various dead give aways. He'd have the lights shut off when no one else is in the squad bay other then you but would not let you sleep until you're allowed too. Drove a recruit insane within 3 days.
User avatar #2 - kjftiger (05/18/2014) [-]
I am in NJROTC and my Commander likes to threaten to send people to the North Pole to count penguins yes, he knows there are none but likes to screw with people
User avatar #121 to #2 - hotrodman (05/18/2014) [-]
hi im in AJROTC
User avatar #222 to #121 - kjftiger (05/19/2014) [-]
Cool, C/ Cmdr Flere nice to meet you
User avatar #231 to #222 - hotrodman (05/19/2014) [-]
**** son im only a C/Sgt. i SHOULD be a C/2ndLT next year though seeing as how next year's XO put me on his staff
User avatar #234 to #231 - kjftiger (05/19/2014) [-]
Nice, I am the current CO of my battalion, soon to be giving it up though
User avatar #236 to #234 - hotrodman (05/20/2014) [-]
Oh, nice. And if I were you I would be sad haha I'm only a junior so I still have one more year
User avatar #237 to #236 - kjftiger (05/20/2014) [-]
It goes by fast, and I will really miss it, I am going to check in from time to time to see how cadets are doing
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#137 to #136 - anon (05/18/2014) [-]
when they talk **** about that one that got late
#89 - anon (05/18/2014) [-]
This was basic training at the United States Military Academy. We were doing the NBC chamber (tear gas) and testing out our gas masks just to show confidence in equipment. Before leaving the chamber you had the option of taking off your gas mask and proceed to do some sort of joke/song/dance/whatever gag you could think of.

Obviously everyone would do it. Except one guy was really about to walk out without doing it. One cadre immediately put his hand on his chest and in one fell swoop, tore the guys mask off. He took of his as well, and yelled "You best start dancing NEW CADET" and proceeded to beat box. Needless to say some dancing had been accomplished by that new cadet.
#143 - anon (05/18/2014) [-]
"Have you seen my canteen?" "That's okay take your time."
#163 - buffetsugar (05/18/2014) [-]
My cousin was randomly selected him to be humiliated for no reason. His CO was screaming at him to pack his **** up and leave. He said that he had a flight prepared for him to go home. He kept screaming nonsense as he packed up.
As soon as he was done, he started screaming at him again, only to have him put his stuff back and do a bunch of drills as punishment. That is one of the only times I've heard of him breaking down.
User avatar #164 to #163 - buffetsugar (05/18/2014) [-]
I now see a mistake in my comment and I take full responsibility. Do what you must, FJ community.
#124 - bronyroar (05/18/2014) [-]
The last one made me sad because I'm that guy taking care of the tree..
#134 to #124 - anon (05/18/2014) [-]
I can confirm, I am tree.
User avatar #108 - blarghagh (05/18/2014) [-]
I have a few from my time in basic, not really lessons but funny **** that happened.

The hydrate man which was basically a kid wearing nothing but his abu cap and web and canteen belt walking around the bays at night shouting "hydrate hydrate"

A kid was owling on top of a locker buckass naked when a ti walked past and didnt even see him at first but did a double take and stared down the trainee until the trainee hooted, jumped down and ran I to the bathroom.
User avatar #132 to #108 - slatersniper (05/18/2014) [-]
We called that Gargoyling.
User avatar #221 to #132 - blarghagh (05/19/2014) [-]
Nah gargoyling is shining a flashlight through your ballsack. I dont know why thats called gargoyling
#106 - apolloeighteen (05/18/2014) [-]
MFW that last one
#135 - anon (05/18/2014) [-]
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