This hits home.
"Idfk what’s going on idc here’s the keys here’s your gun, I’m fucking out. "
I had deployed several times on my own not with the entire squadron and never did a bag drag like this. At 13 years I did one with my whole sq and they made me dump my bag for another nco to check it. I was like wtf are you for real? I was like I’ve deployed many times I know what I do and don’t need.
It’s really more ritualistic than anything else.
You pack everything carefully so it can be scattered across the parking lot, then you jam it all back in willy-nilly.
It’s like that scene in Dune where the Sardaukar drain the blood out of sacrifices and have the priests daub it on their foreheads prior to deployment.
We have a retired chief in one of the other shops that will go “You can call me chief” and literally no one will and he gets so butthurt lol.
We have guy that was a Marine reservist and the other Marines give him so much shit when he tries bro up with them. They probably wouldn’t if he weren’t a little weasel.
The dreaded Accordion:
Wrong. We all know he didn’t have his reflective belt on.