Professor Hale at Rebellion University has been sharing stories from his past. While they aren’t technically war stories because none involve actual combat, they are both funny and entertaining. As far as I can tell the first story in the series is My First Time from back in mid July. However you could just as well read them in reverse order, starting with the most recent: Ranger School Ch5: Pain.
One of the most common injuries at Ranger school is getting a sharp stick in your eye. If you have ever heard the expression, “It hurts less than a sharp stick in your eye”, you get the idea. This expression was invented at Ranger school.
Here is an excerpt from his story Carried Away: Another story of my wild youth:
It seems the clear spot I found was only clear because tens of millions of ants had worked very hard to keep it that way. This was their superhighway from the hill to the fields. And right at that moment they were trying to figure out why there was something in their path and how they were going to remove it. I don’t speak “ant” very well, but I think the winning strategy had something to do with cutting me up into small, “ant sized” pieces.
I was not getting stung or cut up only because ants live in a highly organized society with a very strong union. The ants that found me were the scouts and scouts are not allowed to do any cutting. Then the porter ants arrive and I was too big to port, so thirty thousand of them are just sitting around waiting for the cutting ants to arrive. And I could tell by the looks on their little faces that “no, you are not counting this as my coffee break”.
Professor Hale has a gift for story telling and if he ever does write that book he is threatening to write, I’ll buy it and read it.