Hung out with 5 soldiers who came back in November from Iraq. Some interesting points:
1)an Iraqi soldier patrolling an overpass and shooting at a car speeding.
2)Iraqi soldiers shooting at an ambulance driving by with sirens on, killing the passenger
3)Iraqi soldiers shooting their guns every now and then just to test them
4)The Joes said that they would almost rather be in Iraq than in Germany because there is nothing to do here except be nitpicked by superiors
5)One of the guys is “promotable”. That was a new word for me.
6)They worked 7 days/week without alcohol while deployed and sometimes their assignment was a two-day patrol where they literally slept in the Bradley fighting vehicle and were not allowed to leave the car for any reason, including for bathroom purposes
7)They sometimes have found Iraqi Army-issued weapons in private homes because the soldiers often sold them one they were given them.
8)They don’t know why they were in Iraq.
Well, there’s a lot more to it than that but that was a few of the things that I learned while having some beers with them. Some might have to go back, some definitely will and at least one for sure won’t have to go back.