Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Art of the Tactical Nap

In every deployment the time between when you leave theater and when you get home is a form of limbo. And not the fun kind with tiki torches and drinks with little umbrellas.

You are given a few briefings and go through Navy Customs, but most of your time is spent waiting. You wait for your flights, you wait for the buses, you wait for take-off. The amount of actual time spent varies, but inevitably it seems to take longer than it 'should'. Delays happen at every available opportunity and cause an increasing sense of frustration for everyone involved.

The best thing you can do is practice the art of napping. There is a civilian version of this, of course, but the military has perfected a more rugged variant ideal for extended periods in uncomfortable positions. Anyone who has been through Basic Training knows about this. Flat concrete pads and gravel roads are equally as usable as a down mattress to an experienced military napper.

It passes the time very quickly, and that's all anyone could want when waiting to go home.

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