We started getting all the equipment for our satellite internet in bits and pieces. Once we had everything we needed, my sergeant asked me if I would mind helping him the next day put everything together. I said sure, why not? I put in on the satellite so the faster its up the faster I am online in my room. Well, we get off shift in the early morning and I dont usually go to sleep till about 5 in the morning. I go to sleep and set my alarm for the afternoon. I woke up to this annoying buzzing sound and I couldn't turn it off! I start swinging my arm wildly around trying to turn this damn thing off and couldn't find it! I open my eyes to see my sergeant waving my alarm clock around my head so I would get up and help him. Well, I throw some clothes on and go outside to see how much he had done.
I walk outside and see all these metal beams strewn across the ground. Those metal beams were to be put together to create the base for the satelllite. Lo and behold, their are no instructions to go with these. Just a bunch of beams and nuts and screws. OK, how hard can this be? We are soldiers and we got smarts. Well, as we are putting it together, and taking it apart cuz the beams arent lining up, we are getting frustrated. Of course, curious soldiers are watching us try and put this together with looks of awe in their eyes. "You guys got satellite internet now?" Well, in the midst of putting this base together for the umpteenth time in the last hour, one of our second lieutenant's walks up to us and the following conversation ensues,
2LT " Whatcha guys putting together?"
my SGT " A 50 Cal mount for the top of our can." (as straight-faced as I have ever seen someone)
2LT "Really? What's that for?"
Me "Perimeter security."(our living area is surrounded by security barriers)
SGT "Its in case the alarms go off we can get up on our can and man a 50 Cal so no one can attack our living area."
2LT " How many of these are going up?"
Me " Quite a few, we are just the firsts to get to put it together and get it operational."
The 2LT started nodding his head in approval like it was a good idea. At that point one of the soldiers walks up and says: "Ah, I see you guys got your satellite stuff in?"
At that point the 2LT had a look of disbelief. He actually thought we were putting 50 cal's on top of our living quarters. He walked away shaking his head as we started laughing our asses off. Now he doesnt take anything serious that we say. No matter what generation, lieutenants are just as gullible as a brand new private. Oh, and its great having internet in my room now.