Running Gags, Army Style (A Phat History Lesson)
Gunnnut directing me to a great post by a soldier that shared a story about the Atomic Sit-Up. It’s one of the standards when it comes to humor in the Army. After reading the post, I started thinking about a few of the gags my platoon played on each other during my time in the Army. My platoon was partial to running gags. There were two that I remember being played on two individuals that I thought were funny.
The first running gag was being played on an E-6 named Ranger Mac. Basically Ranger Mac hated chicken stew MREs more than anything else in life. He would literally make his soldiers trade other MREs for his chicken stew MRE. Everyone has a preference I guess, but Ranger Mac went to the extremes to make sure he never had to eat the chicken stew. After seeing this weakness his soldiers decided to make sure that he ended up with chicken stew every chance they got. Black ops were pulled to ensure that chicken stew ended up in his rucksack before all the field problems. The best move that they made was when Ranger Mac came upstairs with a case of MREs and let his team know that this was his case, and no one was allowed to touch it. Shortly after he left his case of MREs alone, surgery was performed on this case and was filled with nothing but chicken stew MREs and then carefully put back together to look as though it was still a brand new case. Once out in the field he opened the case and started preparing to go on the field problem. He reached into the case, pulled out a chicken stew. He threw this one to a soldier and said something like, “What are the odds that the first one I grab out of the box is a chicken stew?” He then reached in and grabbed the next MRE; again a chicken stew. He caught on after this one and started throwing chicken stew everywhere. Good times, huh? Before Ranger Mac left the unit, a carefully placed package of chicken stew was placed in his large container of whey protein, about half way down in it. 3 months later when he reached that spot, a phone call was made to the unit with him yelling at my buddies about how a chicken stew ended up in his whey protein.
The next running gag that was going on was on Lt. Catfish. Unfortunately, I had no hand in this as it was just slightly before my time. I did witness evidence of the prank but it was long after Lt Catfish left. When my unit was deployed to
Pretty funny gags, huh?