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WanderingEng  ·  314 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: [Trip Report] Combat Field Training 2017

Does West Point wear BDUs, not ACUs (or whatever they're called)?

You mention crew served weapons. I assume that means M249? Is everyone else carrying an M16? Or are M4s standard now? I liked the M249. I cleaned an M60 once. It was far too complicated for my liking. But it was suitable penance for getting to shoot it.

Is that artillery round 105 mm? Towed artillery piece? I was in FDC in my Guard unit but got down to the guns once and shot off a few 155 mm rounds from a self propelled howitzer. Fully detached powder bags, a breach the size of your helmet. Pretty intense. My unit switched to semi-detached towed 105s a year or so later.

Did you dig foxholes? Fuck I hated that. The first four feet wasn't so bad, then it just felt like it could never be deep enough.