206: 3 Hots and A CotJuly 15, 2017 by Cigars and Sea Stories | Be the first to comment »
3 hots and a cot. That’s what they promised us. That was not always the case. Mike and Bennett discuss the fun times shared over MREs in the field, T-rats full of chicken cacciatore and what 1 DOS chow really means. Marines in combat, and in the field frankly, typically only rate 2 DOS: day of supply for chow. That means everyone gets 2 MREs to eat during the op. The hope is higher will square away all of the logistics that are necessary to deliver on the promise of hot chow. The cooks working out of a mess trailer, boiling water in big green rectangular vats that look like foot lockers. They submerge pre-cooked meals and wait the allotted time. Each tray filled with tasty goodness. Some meals included hot buns and sides, yummy. Everyone lined up, lowest rank to highest. Brown trays and sporks at the ready. It’s quite the scene. After chow the “smoking lamp is lit” and that’s when the good times start. Unwinding in the evening and BSing about adventures back on the block.
Bivouac is an isomat, maybe an air mattress if you’re HSLD. More permanent bedding was available during deployment and long stints of training abroad. Bunks at bridgeport. Squad bays at division schools, quonset huts on Camp Wilson, and berthing areas aboard ship. Mike recounts the living conditions in Ramadi as “snuggly”. Kajaki was a big warmer at an average nightly temperature hovering around a bone chilling 96 degrees. MMMMM Afghanistan in the summertime, sweaty. The canvas cots of yesteryear are the standard issue today. A foldable frame and a couple aluminum poles for 6 months at a clip. Bennett shares lessons learned about sleeping comfortably on a cot in Bosnia and Mike describes what it’s like waking up with multiple fliys on your tongue. And some enlightening factoids from Bennett at the end of the episode for your amusement.
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