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War is hell #62

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Jong Li was not only the smallest of this year’s intake for the Marines, he was also the least popular with the sergeant instructors. He discovered this during the second week of his basic, shallow-water combat training.

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War is hell #61

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Lin-Jao was pretty much the “go to” guy for basic maintenance and decorating chores back at the base,  but he’d begun to feel like a “fifth wheel” on these mountain training exercises. At least he was doing better than the guys who looked after the camels.

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War is hell #60

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The decision to include the Catering Corps in the PLA’s Winter training exercise was met with disbelief and incredulity by the new cadets, right up until they were introduced to the “animal slaughter and vegetable chopping in severe weather conditions,” portion of the programme; at which point they all agreed it was “pretty cool.”

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War is hell #59

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It would be fair to say that recruit Jang-Chi was disappointed when the Honor Cadet promotion went to his best friend Xi-Lao. The determination and original thought the he displayed in dealing with the situation resulted in him being awarded the vacated position and his appointment as leader in the full military honours that were granted for Xi-Lao’s funeral.

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War is hell #58

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In order to cut costs and speed-up the process, the People’s Liberation Army arranged to have its “mine detecting” dogs trained in France. There was a degree of confusion in the translation of the original contract and although the returning dogs proved useless in combat situations the regular supply of truffles they dug-up was very welcome in the Officers’ Mess.

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People with issues #319

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Gregor’s qualifying times for the Rio Paralympics were superb, and he had the almost unique national distinction of never failing a drug test. Sadly his athletics career ground to a sudden halt following the release of pictures from a city traffic CCTV camera and he was quietly dropped from the team; it turned-out that his coach was employed by the city as a tram driver.