NYT on war from the grunt level

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    NYT on war from the grunt level

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/22/wo.../22grunts.html

    Between Firefights, Jokes, Sweat and Tedium

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    For G.I.ís, life on the front lines has two sides. There are, of course, the adrenaline-fueled moments of fighting, when soldiers try to forget their fear, remember their training and watch one anotherís backs.

    And then there is everything else, the dirty, sweaty, unglamorous and frequently tedious work of being infantrymen. Filling sandbags. Stirring caldrons of burning waste. Lying in the dirt while on guard duty. Cleaning weapons. And more than anything else, waiting ó for orders, for patrols, for the chance to sleep or eat. They even wait for the fighting they know will come.

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    Not bad, took me back to a little patch of earth down by the Helmand River. Being a grunt is 99% frustration and boredom, and 1% sheer terror. It isn't always as sexy as the movies make it look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    Not bad, took me back to a little patch of earth down by the Helmand River. Being a grunt is 99% frustration and boredom, and 1% sheer terror. It isn't always as sexy as the movies make it look.
    But what about all of the time spent running around shirtless and oiled up, firing an M249 from the hip, mowing down Innies by the score?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xader View Post
    But what about all of the time spent running around shirtless and oiled up, firing an M249 from the hip, mowing down Innies by the score?
    That counts as the boredom part, because we do that everyday, its part of our training.
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    But the fighting might have also had a positive impact: shortly after it ended, an insurgent commander from a nearby village announced that he was switching sides. American commanders were convinced that their show of force was the reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
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