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The_Chieftain #1 Posted May 02 2012 - 19:16

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The recent event for ANZAC day is as good an excuse as any to talk about those other people. You know, non-USA types. They really do exist, I’ve seen them. Honest.


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If you're curious, starting from the left and  skipping the guy in pink, Tunisia, Jordan, Germany, US, Bahrain, Pakistan, Romania, Tunisia.


Although my experience with foreign military personnel isn’t confined solely to my time in the US Army, one thing I will say is that it has given me a great opportunity to interact with foreign personnel: Either those who are assigned to an American base for training, or as Uncle Sam sends me around the world.

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slayerst0rm #2 Posted May 02 2012 - 19:52

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I love how the tank in the one pic says "Top Gun" lmfao

CatinHat #3 Posted May 02 2012 - 19:56

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Who is the guy in pink. He is the master mind of them all.

CatinHat #4 Posted May 02 2012 - 19:57

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(no edit button on the new forums >.>)

Is the Tunisia guy asleep?

Sabertoothpython #5 Posted May 02 2012 - 20:01

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As usual, any German put on the spot stands like a soldier.

I have never NOT seen that happen, I even find myself doing that (For anyone wondering; German parents and culture, Canadian land)

JohnGaltCobraCommander #6 Posted May 02 2012 - 20:01

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It is sort of neat to see the slight variations on how each nation stands at attention

josephunh #7 Posted May 02 2012 - 20:22

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While I am sure fresh french bread is something anyone in theater would desire, or being able to hit the bar at a another bases camp, I am curious is there anything you found that foreign units seemed to desire or want from US units?  As americans we always experience other culture but its not always easy to define what ours is so I am curious if there were things they sought out when being with american units?

Sword_of_Light #8 Posted May 02 2012 - 20:58

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I once met an Uzbeki who was a former officer in the Soviet Army - I thought that was the coolest thing ever, meeting someone from the other side of the fence.  Erm, and I once almost hooked up with a woman in the Canadian Air Force, except the guy at the gate was on the ball and noticed my military ID was from the wrong country.

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rtp099 #9 Posted May 02 2012 - 21:04

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josephunh, on May 02 2012 - 20:22, said:

While I am sure fresh french bread is something anyone in theater would desire, or being able to hit the bar at a another bases camp, I am curious is there anything you found that foreign units seemed to desire or want from US units?  As americans we always experience other culture but its not always easy to define what ours is so I am curious if there were things they sought out when being with american units?

Funny thing about perspective and experiencing other cultures. As a retired officer with the Canadian Forces, we rarely sought out anything from american units other than some souvenirs. In fact, the americans always wanted to trade for our IMP's (individual meal packages) for their "sh*t on a shingle", and they always wanted our stronger beer which we freely offered in friendship as nothing they had was worthy of the trade for it.

Foksuh #10 Posted May 02 2012 - 21:05

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A sauna is a must have, all finns agree with this. I suppose its a little reminder of home, and just a custom we all grew up with. We used to do that during Winter War and Continuation war days too, got to have a place to wash up once in a while in the midst of all that fighting :P

datM1gnr #11 Posted May 02 2012 - 21:06

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In my AOB class at Ft. Knox back in the early '90's, I was the buddy officer for a visiting Turkish LT who went through the course with us.  Awesome guy, with a STUNNINGLY beautiful wife who was actually a true Gypsy.  She read my fortune in the grounds of my coffee cup one night  and years later, IT ALL CAME TRUE. Still blows my mind!

MD2020 #12 Posted May 02 2012 - 21:27

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Chief never try to out drink the guys in SAS, I tried, short night-long day.

agamemnon_b5 #13 Posted May 02 2012 - 21:36

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I've learned never try to outdrink Japanese soldiers, British soldiers realy do say "chap" alot, Russian is similar enough to what's spoken in Bosnia so that a causl conversation with a Bosnian soldier is possible, and some German soldiers speak english better than most Americans.

Ivan_Yuri #14 Posted May 02 2012 - 21:37

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This is an interesting piece of work, Mr. The_Cheiftan, I did enjoy reading this very much! I like reading some of the things that you have done now and then, and I hope to eventually get around to reading all of your articles, but I just wanted to say thank you for the good article, thank you for sharing, and thank you, devs, for letting The_Cheiftan have his own column! nice break from constantly working on The Mustang Messenger My School Newspaper, and/or playing video games!

InsaNe21 #15 Posted May 02 2012 - 21:37

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who the hack is pinky guy?

Viggen #16 Posted May 02 2012 - 21:47

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I was at one CPX in Germany, where our small radio detachment was working with the US (I forget which unit(s) there were there), and several of us noticed the US officers saying something as we saluted them.  It took me a few times to realize they were saying "Steel Tigers", not "Steel Targets" due to their speed and accent!.  One of our lads started giving back "Sniper Check", in a hurried, indistinguishable voice.

We thought it was funny.

The same CPX saw the POL point go up in flames, but that's a story for a different thread (seriously... and it was the biggest fireball I've ever seen, 40-50' flames over the treetops).

redplauge #17 Posted May 02 2012 - 21:51

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a t29? (with ears)
why?

Hamsta #18 Posted May 02 2012 - 22:04

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while in east timor, in on of the outer areas i saw a jordanian soldier being carried to the medic... he had broken somethong rather sensitive , involving the unit goat... no lie...talk about odd

ememwo #19 Posted May 02 2012 - 22:17

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I have 38  years service in the Cdn Army. still serving and we used to call you Yanks, "U-alls".  :)  
I have noticed over the years, that my son, also a serving member has more friends in the US military while I from an older generation have more acquaintances in the British Army.  I guess, it is probably related to the fact that I specialize in target rifle and my son served in Afghanistan.  The Brits are very fond of target rifle shooting.  Many of our Army customs are taken from our British military heritage. In my experience, Americans find us a little different.

Tiger131ace #20 Posted May 02 2012 - 22:31

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glad to see our tunisian officers trying to learn from the american military school rather from the french one.




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