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    ...passing an approved marksmanship course. I was an armor crewman ("tanker") on M60A-1's in the Army. Was 18 years old and never fired anything more lethal than a pop gun. So I couldn't qualify with the M-16 and I didn't graduate with my Basic Training Company. Did the Army fire me? No, they sent me to "special training company" for two weeks. All I did from sun-up to sundown was fire my weapon.  After firing thousands of rounds at camouflaged targets that stayed up for only one second at 100, 200, 300, and 400 meters, I was relieved to finally pass my qualification test for Expert on the 14th day. I can still disassemble and re-assemble it blindfolded. And you better believe it when I tell you, marksmanship is like riding a bike-it's a skill you never forget. I just hope I never have to use it in self-defense or in anger against anyone.

    Then, there was US Army Armor School at Fort Knox, KY. That's where the fun really began. Got off the bus. Greeted by a big burly Drill Sgt who told us, "Welcome to Fort Knox, home of the best damned tankers in the world. Give your heart to Jesus because your ass belongs to me! You will not be walking anywhere on this base at any time. Do you see this coaxial 7.62mm machine gun? Yes, drill seargent! You will become best friends with it and you will carry it on your shoulders everywhere you go!" I still have a dent in my left shoulder from it.

    "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." John Paul Jones

    by ImpeachKingBushII on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 07:36:11 PM PDT

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