20 September 2011

Mil Speak: #2 Pencil in a #10 Can

At around $5 a bottle, Military Special (Cheap) Rum is available to active & retired service members through the Class VI (Booze) Store. Class VI is a category for luxury items in the Army although there are those who would argue hooch is a necessity.

As a dependent (Kid), I grew up on generic food from the commissary (Grocery Store). Cans came without labels but with simple descriptions. "Coffee, 16 ounces, ground" or "Beans, Green." We were ahead of Costco with food items coming in huge #10 cans (Six Pound Can).

Today, 'BOHICA' (Bend Over Here It Comes Again) is popular with today's infantry. The same frustration was expressed in my day with, 'The Army's screwed me so many times my ass resembles a #2 pencil in a #10 can.' (Poetry)

7 comments:

Oyster Guy said...

It looks like you're inviting Muffy Aldrich over for drinks :)

No Hype said...

Well this explains a lot...

Raulston said...

What branch of the military does your father hail from?

MP said...

This post brought a smile to my face.

I love Military Special gin. Good stuff!

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, sweet reminders of me mum's monthly grocery and clothing visits to NAS Jax. The few times I went along, I'd always look forward to seeing the entry gate guard salute on seeing the sticker on the left front bumper, even though my father was never an officer. It felt nice, given that Dad served through three wars...

I have to wonder who makes the rum, though.

-DB

Amatourist said...

Sounds like it's time for bourbon to me.

Main Line Sportsman said...

At least they could be more specific about where in the "West Indies" this spirit was distilled...
I'm sure it was adequate for a Rum 'N' Coke anyway...