Here are a couple more,slabertooch said:I was at Cherry Point Air Station in NC inspecting an armory prior to deployment, and was driving past the flight line and noticed a young Marine behind a CH-46 waving a trash bag in the air.
Walked into the armory and asked the SSgt what was going on, and he laughed and said that they had a new guy check in that day.
They sent him out on the tarmac to get exhaust samples from the helo.
We also would send new check-ins down to the AAV, "docks" in the bay, to get 500 yards of shoreline.
But the best one was when we were out in the field at Lejeune.
came back from a patrol and saw two PFCs sitting around a box of chem-lights breaking them and shaking them, looking at them then throwing them into a pile. Over out of the way, two SSgts were sittting laughing looking at them through NVGs.
They had told the PFCs to check all the chem-lights to see if they worked, and to throw away the ones that didn't light up. What they didn't tell them was, they were IR chem-lights.
Another good one is to send a guy to the motor pool to get the keys to the CO's hummer.
Or over to supply to get batteries for the chem lights.
or send the new guy to supply to get a BA1100N with a ST ring attached.
What makes this especially funny is that the casualty in this case probably never questioned that he was being set up. The AN/PRC-77 or any other radio with the PRC nomenclature, were referred to as 'prick' devices. A 'PRICK-E-5' could be any sort of radio.Sgt.B said:Young PFC comes running up to me and says- Sgt.B, I'm looking for a PRICK E 5-- I hold my bearing and I yell-- Well you sure as @#$% found one, now get the @@#$% outa here!!!
In shock he responds Yes Sir!
I then kindly explain -- STOP!!!! What the @@#@%$% did you call me ? Do I look like a @@#$$% Sir to you? Get outa here!!
At that moment he remembered what an E5 is.
I miss those days.