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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodhoundbob View Post
    Although intelligence units were about as non-military as it gets, this was not the case at Ft Holabird. The Commander was a Major General who LOVED parades. Every Friday afternoon we had to hit the parade ground and march for him while he watched from his Jeep that had white-walled tires. We had a contingent of Green Berets who were all E-6 and above who were there for intelligence specialist training. He loved watching them march, as they were NEVER out of step.
    I never was in a parade for the 3 years that I was active duty!
    In basic at Lackland they had formations and parades every Sunday. For some reason that was never explained I was appointed as a Chaplain’s Assistant which meant that I got to march any and all recruits in basic to the chapel every Sunday morning. The services and return march to their barrack’s area was just long enough to arrive just after the morning parades and formations were over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    I never was in a parade for the 3 years that I was active duty!
    In basic at Lackland they had formations and parades every Sunday. For some reason that was never explained I was appointed as a Chaplain’s Assistant which meant that I got to march any and all recruits in basic to the chapel every Sunday morning. The services and return march to their barrack’s area was just long enough to arrive just after the morning parades and formations were over.
    Bob, I was never fond of marching or parades. That problem was solved for our graduation parade at the end of basic training. While practicing for it, our first sergeant caught me laughing out loud at a cracked joke from one of our platoon sergeants. For punishment, he had me cleaning M-14s instead of marching during graduation, which suited me fine. I never had to march again after Ft Holabird, as I was in spy units in Germany and Vietnam, the latter in covert status. One of my buddies at Ft Holabird told me I marched in a most un-military fashion, which I took as a compliment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodhoundbob View Post
    Bob, I was never fond of marching or parades. That problem was solved for our graduation parade at the end of basic training. While practicing for it, our first sergeant caught me laughing out loud at a cracked joke from one of our platoon sergeants. For punishment, he had me cleaning M-14s instead of marching during graduation, which suited me fine. I never had to march again after Ft Holabird, as I was in spy units in Germany and Vietnam, the latter in covert status. One of my buddies at Ft Holabird told me I marched in a most un-military fashion, which I took as a compliment.
    At least you got to see a M14. When we had to qualify they only had WW II M1s! The next time we had to qualify was at Hurlburt Field, 2 years later and they again only had M1s!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    At least you got to see a M14. When we had to qualify they only had WW II M1s!!
    Indeed, the straight-sided cartridge 30 caliber carbine. That was my issue, too. I qualified as Expert Marksman the first time out, but I had been shooting since eight years-old. It was such a wimpy weapon until we realized it was intended to wound, not kill, according to a Geneva Convention ruling. Maybe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    Indeed, the straight-sided cartridge 30 caliber carbine. That was my issue, too. I qualified as Expert Marksman the first time out, but I had been shooting since eight years-old. It was such a wimpy weapon until we realized it was intended to wound, not kill, according to a Geneva Convention ruling. Maybe.
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    I loved, and still love, the M-14. I had one of the highest scores in our company in basic and was one of first to qualify. I was rewarded by being assigned to filling magazines for the others to qualify, which took hours. I kept my M-14 in my bedroom closet in Vietnam and only took it out once, to go fun shooting with it on full auto. I bought a Thompson submachine gun which was a battlefield weapon, which was also fun to shoot. I almost shipped it home before coming to my senses.

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    It's funny that I don't remember the fully automatic capability of the M-14. It was the rifle that I went through basic with and my assigned rifle when I was in Korea where my job was patrolling the DMZ: 3 days and 2 nights out, back in on the 3d day and back out for 3 days/nights on the next - over and over for almost 8 straights months. But at the time possessing fully automatic weapons in the DMZ was a violation of the 1953 cease fire so maybe the army eliminated the automatic option on the rifles. North Korean infiltrators ("UI's") on the other hand always carried fully automatic weapons. Watching the winter games from PyeongChang is a real treat for me - makes me proud of both the South Korean people and my service in Korea. I'm glad I got to experience Korea and its people when it was in transition to becoming a "modern" nation at a time when it's economy was considered a "miracle."

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgtaylor View Post
    It's funny that I don't remember the fully automatic capability of the M-14. It was the rifle that I went through basic with and my assigned rifle when I was in Korea where my job was patrolling the DMZ: 3 days and 2 nights out, back in on the 3d day and back out for 3 days/nights on the next - over and over for almost 8 straights months. But at the time possessing fully automatic weapons in the DMZ was a violation of the 1953 cease fire so maybe the army eliminated the automatic option on the rifles. North Korean infiltrators ("UI's") on the other hand always carried fully automatic weapons. Watching the winter games from PyeongChang is a real treat for me - makes me proud of both the South Korean people and my service in Korea. I'm glad I got to experience Korea and its people when it was in transition to becoming a "modern" nation at a time when it's economy was considered a "miracle."

    Thomas
    Thomas, I'm glad the M-14s in basic didn't have a selector switch, as some of the guys had never shot any type of firearm before. I traveled frequently in Vietnam, both by air and ground and normally carried my Thompson with me. Full auto is hard to control, which is probably the reason the Army changed the M-16 from full auto to a maximum three round burst. I didn't know about the restrictions at the 38th parallel, so thanks for adding that. One of my commanders in Vietnam had been the XO of a 105 howitzer unit, and from the stories he told gave me a whole new level of admiration for Korea vets.

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