What Soldiers Do In Their Downtime

For all of us who have served in the armed forces, the term “hurry up and wait” is not an unfamiliar concept.  Despite what the movies and action films would have you believe, the life of a soldier is best described (especially in a war zone) as: Long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror.

To put it lightly, there is a LOT of downtime.  And there is only so much downtime a person can take before they need to find some avenue of mental stimulation.

Yes, there are things to do, but there are only so many times you can sweep a floor or check your gear before it just becomes punitive.  And yes, lifting weights and playing cards are options but they can become repetitive.  So every once in a while some high speed low drag trooper comes up with an idea and gets his fellow joes to buy into it…if for no other reason than to break up the monotony of it all.

While the younger readers here at Bulletsfirst might not recall, Mark Wahlberg, before he was a movie star, was the front-man for the rap group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch in the 1990’s.  They had a pretty big hit back in the day, Good Vibrations.

Give some joes stuck in Afghanistan enough time, a video camera and an affinity for 90’s rap groups and they’ll come up with this:


I didn’t realize it but the protein power Marked is a new line by Mark Wahlberg as he attempts to get into the fitness biz.


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