Army To Cut Back on Vernacular Cliches, War Story Exaggerations Tony June 9, 2012 Army 14 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: FT LEONARD WOOD, MO - As part of recent cut backs proposed by the Pentagon, the Army is being forced to ration it’s own vernacular to save valuable training time. Everything from catch phrases to the proverbial exaggerated war story — and even standard expressions, are to be cut by 50%. Phrases like “It ain’t rocket surgery!” and “You need to be at least three percent smarter than your equipment” are set to be retired permanently. Hardest hit by the proposal are Drill Sergeants — and those responsible for training privates have been vocal in their opposition. “It’s ridiculous,” said Sergeant Charles M. Gibbner, a Drill Sergeant with Echo Company 2/10 INF, a basic combat training unit. “How am I supposed to intimidate privates if I can’t put the fear of God into them without a white elephant? Take the live night fire exercise for example. Sure, that’s live ammunition being fired over their heads, but privates don’t really keep their heads down unless I tell them a Drill Sergeant was once sawed in half during that exercise. Because you can be damn sure they don’t stay down unless you tell them that.” Sergeant Major of the Army Ray Chandler was adamant about “cliche cutbacks.” “While it’s best not to speculate on these cuts, training will proceed using the same equipment. The cadre will just have to tone down the rhetoric. Hell, we might be getting rid of entire brigades and I’d consider this to be the least controversial of the measures proposed,” said Chandler. Chandler went on to say that the Army believes one too many non-sequitur stories has statistically reduced training time. Some Drill Sergeants claim however, that the telling of these stories are vital to training young soldiers. “There’s no point if I can’t traumatize you.” said Drill Sergeant SSG Jay Allen. “I tell them we’ve lost privates who didn’t complete the land navigation course on time and some were found mauled by bears”. “Sure enough, my platoon is usually the fastest out of the cycle. The stories make it happen. While there’s no substitute for good training, there’s also no substitute for traumatizing privates barely three weeks removed from the civilian world.” Non-commissioned officers army-wide continue to struggle with the news and there are rumors of a possible class action lawsuit from the group on First Amendment grounds. Douglas E. Berry says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM I’m just worried about how far this will go.. am I going to have to start my outrageous war stories with “No pee, there I was”? Richard Leroy Skinner III says: January 3, 2014 at 1:54 AM BOHICA? Maine Veterans Business Initiative says: January 3, 2014 at 1:54 AM I hope everyone takes this seriously! :-)))))) Love the one about USS Jane Fonda. Ronald Ulrich says: January 3, 2014 at 1:54 AM George Williams better watch out bro, cut backs comming! Mark White says: January 3, 2014 at 1:54 AM Shit, next thing they are going to do is tell us that we can’t send the recruits to find us a bucket of prop wash and 50′ of flight line. Michael Hasbun says: January 3, 2014 at 1:54 AM Those things are expensive =o). Ruslan J. Gonzalez-Sigler says: January 3, 2014 at 1:54 AM I hope nobody takes this blog seriously… Michelle Dawn Lotz-Lynch says: January 3, 2014 at 1:54 AM Rocket surgery…lol Jason D Sousley says: January 3, 2014 at 1:54 AM What the hell? Now some dumb ass private is probably going to actually tie a buffer cord around his neck and throw it out the 3rd story of the barracks only to discover that the buffer will hit the ground before it pulls him out the window…shit! David May says: January 3, 2014 at 1:54 AM This is an outrage! Who’s going to remind the privates that they’re 3/4 tard? @LT says: October 24, 2012 at 12:48 AM Meanwhile at MCRD: AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, WHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY DO YOU DOGGONE FREAKEN SUCCCCCCCK? straps says: June 11, 2012 at 1:52 PM My DS’s were peacetime Army. DS Tobias would always remind us that if we felt the need to slit our wrists ‘cuz everyone back home had already forgotten about us (thus allowing us to focus on the training that would prepare us for service in the REAL Army), we should cut along an axis roughly parallel to the bone in the forearm, not perpendicular, as had many privates before us, who succeeded only in making a mess and earning themselves a psychological assessment that would follow them long after their discharge. DS Vaquera had pictures that illustrated the importance of condoms. DS Tancredi was a strong advocate of masturbation–he spent far less on prostitutes that way, which freed up funds for nice cars and the companionship of civilian females AT LEAST one city away from base. DOC says: September 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM AAaaAAAMEN!