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I am glad I provided you with some amusement. If I can make someone smile then my day has not been wasted! ajb007/wink

A little (hopefully other funny) story about boots. On basic training induction, when we got our issue if uniform and other kit, we were issued with one pair of boots only. These boots were to be worn for everything in training including parades. They were old boots, worn by many recruits before us, so they were not stiff and uncomfortable. That was the good thing. The bad thing was they had to be polished to the standard for parades, but they would be - I don't know the correct word - but very dirty and worn through the day. Evening time was the time to bring them to parade standard for the morning. This was a great task and not a welcome one because if they were not to standard the recruit would be in trouble.
At the end of basic training, these boots were handed in - after we smashed the polish off them - for the next intake to polish!

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ajb007/lol

In the middle of the winter it's pitch black outside for at least 23 hours a day in northern Norway. As a result our boots couldn't be checked by the officers on morning parade. But one day the an officers saw me and (even worse) my boots in teh harsh light of the indoor lamps in the corridor. He just said quietly: "Oh f*ck" and went away. The next morning the Whole company's boots were checked by flashlight and I'm sorry to say it was my fault …...

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Some of the recruits in my intake were very devious. They bought boots and they would keep these boots only for parades. So, as the rest of us worked hard to polish our boots that we had been wearing all day, they would not have to. They knew they must hide these boots though because when we found them we would smash the polish off on the concrete step and throw them over the camp wire where they could not be got by the owners!

I often wondered if any one ever one found out about this and then went to go and collect these boots at the end of basic training and sell them to the next recruits?!

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I had 2 pairs of boots as a standard, even going in as conscript.
That was one of the lessons I learned from my father.

I bought a pair 2 months prior to my conscription starting, and wore them in, so that they were comfortable to walk in. When I signed the second pair from the army, I kept those in an immaculate condition at the back corner of my locker, so that I always had a perfectly bulled pair in my use at the drop of a hat.
Later on it drove the conscripts under my care absolutely insane. When after a week in the woods, we would be back at the barracks, and they would still be shining their boots for the week end inspection in their dirty cammies; when I would be in a perfect leave uniform with shiny boots overseeing their efforts after just 15 minutes: kit in storage or in the drying room, rifle cleaned, oiled and in the rack, and me fresh from the shower and shave!  ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol

"I mean, she almost kills bond...with her ass."
-Mr Arlington Beech

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Your boots would have been stolen and thrown over the fence as soon as your secret was found out!

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Here's an updated video about the Jaeger Brigade up in the north: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3HK943xmyo

"I mean, she almost kills bond...with her ass."
-Mr Arlington Beech

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We're all shocked and enraged by the terrorist attack on the hospital in Kabul on Tuesday, killing thirteen people including sixteen women and two newborns. No-oe has taken responsibility for this crime, but most seem to think IS is behind it.
But I did feel a little bit of pride when I learned that Norwegian special forces were out there fighting the terrorist in the hopital. "We can confirm the Norwegian force took part in the mission by the maternity ward" said a spokesperson for Norwegian military HQ. It's known that there are 60 Norwegian special forces operators in Kabul.

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The Latest and Finest of FDF "educational" movies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTmWCbcYwb8&t=915s

English subtitles available.

"I mean, she almost kills bond...with her ass."
-Mr Arlington Beech

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Ahh, the soft and soothing sound of the Finnish language. Truely the French of the north  ajb007/shifty

But I'm impressed by the intensity and realism of the training. There must be dozens of soldiers in the Norwegian "army" who gets that sort of training. Well, at least if they can find enough armour that works at the same time.

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Norwegian navy special forces (MJK) attacking an oil rig from a submarine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont … e=emb_logo

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Number24 wrote:

Norwegian navy special forces (MJK) attacking an oil rig from a submarine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont … e=emb_logo

WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT  ajb007/amazed  ajb007/amazed  I say, the environmentalists are running amok in the Norwegian armed forces!!

"I mean, she almost kills bond...with her ass."
-Mr Arlington Beech

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Number24 wrote:

Norwegian navy special forces (MJK) attacking an oil rig from a submarine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont … e=emb_logo

Raised a smile or two and a few comments from some contacts (you know the types all black tape and no eyebrows), funny how they all get a bit my winky is better than your winky about such videos  ajb007/lol

Cheers  ajb007/bond

My name is Bond, Basildon Bond - I have letters after my name!

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0073 wrote:
Number24 wrote:

Norwegian navy special forces (MJK) attacking an oil rig from a submarine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont … e=emb_logo

WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT  ajb007/amazed  ajb007/amazed  I say, the environmentalists are running amok in the Norwegian armed forces!!

They are training to recapture oil rigs in the event of terorists or foreign forces take control of one. FSK, the main special forces unit in the army, was created in 1982 mainly to protect oil rigs and other petrol infrastructure.

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Bond44 wrote:
Number24 wrote:

Norwegian navy special forces (MJK) attacking an oil rig from a submarine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont … e=emb_logo

Raised a smile or two and a few comments from some contacts (you know the types all black tape and no eyebrows), funny how they all get a bit my winky is better than your winky about such videos  ajb007/lol

Cheers  ajb007/bond

I guess there is no objective way of measuring what unit is best at something, but I have a feeling Norwegian SF is among the very best at protecting oil rigs. I belive this was the main focus of Forsvarets Spesialkommando (FSK) for about a decade. No desert training, no jungle training etc. , just anti-terror and especially protecting oil rigs year after year.

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https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1624724854367072

During the week, the conscripts from the Uusimaa brigade carried out the beret march. The march is about 70 kilometers long and should be performed at max. 30 hours. During the march, various military knowledge and skills are tested, to see if the soldier has what it takes to earn the green beret. The green beret is the hallmark of coastal Jaegers and is adorned with a golden beret badge in the shape of a sea eagle's head.
Some conscripts who came to the finish stated that: “If there is one thing I learned during the march, it is that you have more stamina than you think. As a whole, the march was a fun, but at the same time extremely demanding experience. It was heavy physically and to some extent also mentally. But the small blisters you got on your feet or the pain you have in the body in general, will disappear after a while while the memories that the experience has given will be something that we will all remember for a long time to come. The pain is temporary, the beret is forever. ”

"I mean, she almost kills bond...with her ass."
-Mr Arlington Beech

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Service in the military is generally 80% boredom interspersed with 20% adrenaline rush and boy is it a rush!

The one thing I learned from day one, was the joys of retroactive enjoyment  ajb007/lol

Cheers  ajb007/bond

My name is Bond, Basildon Bond - I have letters after my name!

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Retroactive enjoyment is right. Military service is something that's nice to have done, not so often to do.

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Yes, depo life can be very boring. Active service is also mostly boredom with short parts of fright to remind you that there is actually an enemy!

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All the Nordic countries (with the exception of Iceland, they only have  a coast guard) going to use the same military uniforms. The uniforms will look different from each other because of the camouflage patterns, but the uniforms will be the same. Soldiers from all the Nordic countries  are testing the new design.

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