Postcards from Tradocia

battle play

Young animals learn hunting and survival behavior from observing their parents, then by taking those observations and applying them in play with their peers. By the time the youngsters reach adulthood, their skills have already been honed and they’re ready to strike off on their own.

Young soldiers in the Army are much the same way. We go to these classes – first aid, urban operations, checkpoint operations, and the like – and when we return to the barracks, it’s an inevitable parade of new acronyms, buzzwords, and movement techniques as we walk to chow or around the bay.

This realization struck me after urban operations: the next day, we were going down the stairs, and everyone yelled out, “stack four!” and we lined up against the wall holding imaginary rifles in our hands.

Just a little ridiculous parallel with the wild world for you.


  1. Lola Barnes

    Very graphic and scary

  2. Lola Barnes

    Very graphic and scary

  3. cindy hoppe

    It’s hard to think of what humor you could add to this! Continue a mix of some story postings and some humor.

  4. Krysta Reuter

    I like both styles. When you have a story to tell, tell it like it is and how it happened. The seriousness of the story adds to the reality of what it is you are training for…

    Miss you!

  5. Mom and Dad

    Either way! Great piece of writing. Humour when humour is due!

    DU came back from a two-goal deficit this afternoon to beat the Dogs 5-3. DU advances to the finals.

    Your Mom says, “Good shootin’ Tex!”

    Love, Dad and Mom

  6. Mom and Dad

    A major research institution has recently announced the discovery of the heaviest chemical element yet known to science. The new element has tentatively been called “Governmentium.” Governmentium has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy neutrons and 11 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

    These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected as it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of Governmentium causes one reaction to take over four days to complete when it would normally take less than a second.

    Governmentium has a normal half-life of four years, it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, sine each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron-promotion leads some scientists to speculate that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as “Critical Morass.”

  7. Inna

    Write what you are experiencing, this is a great story. Your experience is what the blog is about and a great blog will flow though many moods just as life does. You are a really good writer, I always look forward to reading your posts.

  8. Spikebot

    this was funny enough on its own. the fear and the absurdity made it hilarious.
    you write well. you took us right along with you and you took us there in the first sentence. keep writing when you get back.

    p.s. hello mim. thanks for the url pet :*

  9. bec

    Humor vs. straight story—personally, I like a little of both. If during your exercise something struck you as funny, just explain why you are laughing.

  10. Larsonious

    Rigorous Training Aye, Barnes. What is too close to shoot?

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