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  •  What is that like psychologically? (14+ / 0-)

    At the point where it becomes routine, what kind of habits or reactions do you find yourself having? This may be a crazy question, but does it turn into a kind of game?

    •  That is a tough question to answer (6+ / 0-)

      You have to remember most of us that went through the gas chamber in boot camp or combat training--or both--did so after weeks of training.   There are so many psychological tests and scenarios going on that the state of mind you are in is difficult to describe.  

      I can remember thinking, at times, that this was a test or a game--but the instructors are always willing to remind you of the realities of the wars they are trying to prepare you for, so I would try to get my mind into the training.  Whether it was gas canisters flying at me, setting up sandbags for a Forward Operating Position,  or defending against the OPFOR (Opposing Forces), running recons, or low crawling under barbed wire, I always tried to remember that the training was meant to protect me in the event that I had to use it, thus I don't think I ever took it as a game per say.   Just a chance to train my body to react in the best way possible to keep me alive should I ever see combat.  Which, luckily, I didn't.  

      •  that's right (1+ / 0-)
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        Jorybu

        we saw the others live to get out the other side so we knew we'd survive and later when surprised by a gas attack we could calmly don our masks and keep on doing our duty.

        America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

        by cacamp on Mon Oct 31, 2011 at 09:11:06 PM PDT

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