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Down The Rabbit Hole

2020.10.21 09:13 SireBoone Down The Rabbit Hole

"When I put in the request for some hitters I didn't expect to get a team of scalp collectors." The grey-haired and stubble-faced OGA spook we were suddenly assigned to joked as he entered our hooch without knocking.
Just another typical day in the SAD...
Lee (Our Team Lead) responded to the sour joke regarding war crime allegations against our team, by holding out a gloved hand towards the man. The man shook Lee's hand with a firm grip, causing the long sleeves of his combat shirt to shift, revealing a sleeve tattoo of a serpent on his massive left forearm.
"You all can call me Martin and before we step off I just want to say that it's damn good to be working alongside Team guys again," He glanced around the room at all of us, "There's no one else I'd want to cover my six in a fight.".
"Likewise..." I responded, shaking his hand next as we left the warmth of the hooch and into the night.
Our eight-man team exited the "Compound" that we shared with the other SOF teams in the area without a word as they went about their business.
"Allen you seem off... You good bro?" Lucky (Another assaulter) asked while scratching his bushy ginger beard that was reminiscent of a Game Of Thrones character as we passed one of the HESCO bunkers
"Shit... I... I lost it." I patted around my combat pants and fleece pockets franticly.
"Lost what? Your tampons?" He chuckled before his face went serious, "Oh god, don't tell me it was your wedding band." He glanced around on the barren trash covered fields surrounding us, "Dude, Lauren is going to castrate you with dental floss if she finds out you lost it.".
Wrecker (One of our breachers) decided to shave his mountain man beard in favor of a mustache, shrugged in amusement.
I quickly pulled my hand out of my fleece pocket from under my kit, giving Lucky the finger causing them to chuckle as I spoke up once more, "I plan on seeing you two at my little girl's birthday party when we're stateside yeah? It's only fair since I've been to all of your kids' parties after all.".
"I'll bring my boys and beers." Wrecker answered first, running a hand over his thick mustache.
"What about you Lucky?" I asked with a grin, blowing air into my hands in an attempt to warm them from the freezing night-time temperatures that tended to linger as the sun began to crest over the horizon, turning the deathly pale lit sky into a bloody orange color.
"I'll bring the steaks but I don't think Jess will go, she's at that "fight the power" stage and is wanting to go see her mother six states over." He answered through clenched teeth as we climbed into the second dust-covered truck in the column that awaited us.
"Raider-Two this is One, how are things looking back there?" Lee's static-filled voice asked over the squad channel after thirty minutes of driving in awkward silence.
I keyed the PTT button bound to my kit and opened my mouth to speak when we hit a giant hole in the road, causing me to slam into the door frame with an audible Thud as the guys in the backseat let out curses.
"Raider-One, -Two... we're solid," I responded, rubbing my sore shoulder while cursing under my breath.
"Check, everyone stay frosty, we're in indian territory." Came Lee's response as a group of refugees drifted past us like ghosts.
Shadowy contorted figures lined both sides of the road in front of us and as the ambient light grew brighter, revealing that the "Figures" were women, children, and men all frozen in states of rigor mortis and in various states of decay.
The sight sent a chill down my spine as I pulled my eyes away and scanned the surrounding area for threats, hugging my modified HK416 a little closer to my chest.
This fucked up conflict has hurt more than just stock values and some oil Barron's pockets.
I was snapped out of my internal rant by two Russian SU-25s that boomed overhead in a low flyby towards the city to the north of us before a streak of red tracer fire lagged lazily behind them.
The jets looped in a wide arc, avoiding the firey red tracers before starting their approach from the east, dropping their payloads, and pulling off at full speed. A few seconds later dull thuds shook the ground beneath us followed by distant deep bassed Booms as we pulled onto a dirt trail.
"Lots of players at the table," Wrecker spoke up from the backseat as we passed the charred remains of a minivan stuck in a ditch at a crossroads we turned onto.
The reason this image is still seared into my memory was what remained in the backseat. It was only a fraction of a second but I managed to capture it clearly like a photo. In the back seat was a small foot with a melted pink shoe stuck to it that rested over the end of a melted car seat.
"It's only a matter of time now before someone folds." Lucky's voice pulled me back to reality as we finally arrived at an abandoned glass factory on the outskirts of the city.
A skinny figure came out from one of the supervisor offices to our left before walking into the headlights. "Allen, Lee! It's good to see you, my friends!" Ed, our terp and long-time friend from previous deployments, greeted us with a bear hug as we exited the trucks.
"I see that you have a new watch for the collection." I pointed to his wrist before looking down at my Sunnto watch, the digital numbers read 0730.
"Oh! yeah, I got his one from a group of Rangers after helping them down in (REDACTED) a few weeks ago." He responded with a sheepish grin, showing off the oversized G-Shock watch on his wrist before Martin joined us at the hood of the truck.
"Listen up! We're going in with a local militia team headed by a fighter called Hasheem, who agreed to fight alongside us. Lee, I want you and your team to assist with the door-to-door search for this shithead, he's our HVT." Martin placed a small tablet over the map he put on the hood of the truck before tapping the screen.
The picture that popped up made us look at one another with confused glances.
"Is this a joke?" Lucky asked looking over at Martin with a frown, "Allen put a bullet through his skull a few weeks ago. Hell, you were probably there, we took his prints, photos, and everything." Lucky tapped the hood, shifting his stance uncomfortably as I ran a hand through my shaggy hair.
"According to HUMINT and our drone feeds he's alive and well in the area that I have highlighted." Martin tapped on the southern section of the map marked in red, "I figured since you've dealt with the guy previously you might be able to pick him out if our Russian and Daesh friends haven't got to him yet.".
"Are Hasheem and his men ready?" I asked taking in every detail of the picture. The laid back atmosphere was now gone and replaced by a sense of eagerness and determination.
"On standby and waiting for my word," Martin answered, pulling the shemagh hanging over his shoulders up over his head.
The HVT looked the same as the night I put a bullet in him. Short with a strong build of a weight lifter, his black long hair was cut short and beard well-groomed. The only thing that was off was the center of his face seemed slightly deformed.
How are you still alive?
We arrived in the search area fifteen minutes later accompanied by Hasheem and eight of his fighters, bringing us up to twenty-six men total including the OGA guys.
Destroyed and ransacked buildings surrounded us like giant skeletal fingers as we began our search down the cluttered streets of our target area.
I peeled away from the main group and entered a tea shop as Ed, Wrecker, and Lucky followed close behind.
"Hasheem shouldn't be trusted bro," Ed whispered as I flipped over a large patch of carpet in the center of the darkened room, revealing a large brown stain and putrid remains of a body.
"Why is that Ed?" I asked scanning a doorway leading further into the structure.
"He's..." Ed was cut off by a sudden burst of static and yelling from his handheld radio we used to monitor ICOM chatter. "It's... A survivor, calling for help." Ed spoke fast as he held the radio to his ear. "He's in the (REDACTED) hotel, three blocks down.".
I relayed the information to Lee, exiting the shop to see the other half of the mixed up team moving up the street with weapons raised.
"Check, we're on it," Lee responded as I joined a group of Hasheem's guys in a destroyed restaurant a few blocks down from us.
A sudden clatter of metal on metal followed by a heated commotion broke out from further inside the darkened structure as my boots stepped on the glass littering the marble floors with a loud Crunch with each step taken.
Ed pushed past me and took point into a back room, "I don't trust these guys." He mumbled.
I followed closely as he stepped through a set of double doors that lead into a massive kitchen. We were greeted by the sight of three militiamen, who were standing over the dead naked body of a man surrounded by empty brass casings and dead fighters that were still clutching onto their weapons.
"What the hell happened in here?" I asked curiously as Ed started to repeat the question in Arabic to our cohorts, "Ed you don't have to ask them." I stopped him midsentence as it finally hit him.
"Oh... Right." Ed shook his head in agreement as he crouched down next to the dead man.
The naked man was shot to shreds. What remained of his head lay in a puddle of gore and gray matter inside the doorframe of a walk-in freezer that had been off for some time that was still filled with rotten food that stunk up the room as flies buzzed around.
"Damn, he's gone." Wrecker coughed as he spat a stream of tobacco juice onto the floor followed by the sudden clicking of claws on the floor that caused me to look back once more.
Cujo, our working dog, came scrambling into the cramped back room with Duncan, her handler in tow.
Duncan's AOR1 patterned combat pants were stained with dirt, soot, and what looked like blood as Cujo clawed her way into the freezer.
"Found more fighters in the hotel along with some of our Russian friends.". He wiped a line of sweat off his face with the back of his dirty hand as he followed her, stepping over the dead bodies and into the freezer as the gunshots echoed through the streets.
Who the hell is shooting?
"Disregard the shooting, it's the fuckin' Militia guys shooting parked cars." Someone called out on the radio, answering my question as Cujo scratched at the wall before yapping loudly before sitting.
"Good girl!" Duncan cooed, pulling on a metal panel revealing a pully device. "Want me to send her in?" Duncan asked looking between us.
"I need to clear the entrance first." Wrecker spoke as traced for any traps, "Allen call it in. I'll get this door open.".
"Check," I peeled back into the kitchen and glanced around, "Ed can you get these fucking guys to pull security or do something useful?" I asked, pointing at the bored-looking militia members who just walked around the room as dull thuds echoed from upstairs.
"Actually, get them to go check out that noise upstairs." I gave him a quick thumbs-up with a fake smile before pointing to the ceiling.
"Uh, sure thing." He replied before yelling at the men who just frowned at him and walked out.
"Raider-One this is Two, we have a hidden compartment at the restaurant you passed. We're going to investigate." I released the PTT button and looked back, "Ed! Make sure nobody shoots us in the ass.".
On a cement support slab above me, was faded Russian writing under the Hammer and Sickle insignia from the former Soviet Union.
"Smells like a public pool in here." Wrecker spoke with a sneer, activating the light mounted to his rifle revealing a corridor at the bottom of the stairwell as Cujo looked up at me with her pink tongue poking out from the side of her mouth with a look that said, Playtime?.
"Search," Duncan ordered. Cujo snapped her head towards the hall and began her sweep down the reinforced cement corridor.
Observation windows and reinforced doors lined the walls in a staggered column down the hallway. I glanced inside one as we passed it, seeing a metal table with a decomposed body strapped to it along with dated medical equipment beside it.
"Looks like one of the chemical caches we hit a few days back," I whispered as we passed another door that was ripped off its hinges, dried blood was speckled on the floor and walls as I stepped inside the entryway only to have Wrecker call my name.
I rushed to his voice to see him in a storage room, holding a gas mask covered in cobwebs and dust in both hands before crouching down over a wooden crate with big red letters in Russian seemed to say, Don't fuck with.
"Should I open pandora's box?" He asked looking up at me while tracing the top of the crate.
"Hell no! Document it, and let's get out of here," I responded, walking into the previous room I had passed. A large metal table sat in front of the observation window with blood-soaked documents scattered on it along with a cassette deck that I pocketed.
On the right side of the room was a line of cages along the wall stacked up to the ceiling that sat open and empty. It was unnerving and made the hair on my neck stand up.
"Grab everything." A voice called out from beside me, causing me to pivot towards it with my rifle at the ready only to see Martin standing there as Cujo and Duncan went up the stairs.
"Everything?" I asked looking at the documents in front of me. He gave me a nod and stepped out.
"I swear... If I get fuckin' killed because of this stupid fuckin'..." Wrecker muttered as he hefted the "Nope" box up the flight of stairs with carefully placed steps as I tried not to drop the two huge boxes of reports tucked under both of my arms.
We were halfway to the trucks when I spotted two militia guys in my peripheral vision, who tried to push a parked car out from the middle of the road across from us as another group closer to them watched in amusement while laughing.
These guys are fucking amateurs where'd Martin find them?
I faced them while walking, screaming every phrase short of "fuck off" in Arabic as the two men slammed into the back of the car once more. It rocked forward and they disappeared in a bright flash.
Things went dark and I suddenly felt weightless. I finally managed to pry my eyes open to see nothing but dust and stray papers falling from the sky as distant screaming and a high-pitched ringing filled my ears.
Shit, this hurts! I craned my neck over to see Wrecker scanning our flanks with his P226 in his off-hand as a piece of jagged shrapnel protruded from the forearm of his shooting hand. He coughed hard, sending out a wad of blood that lapped over his chin as a small white object skittered across the pavement as he coughed again.
I tried to sit up straight sending a sharp pain through my body as I clutched my rifle.
"Move! Move!" Someone yelled over the radio as one of the men got pulled back into the restaurant by their legs.
"Allen! Allen! You good bro?" Lucky's distant voice and bearded face suddenly appeared in front of me as he helped me up to my feet. "Lee! Allen and Wrecker are hit!" His face contorted into a look of anger. "Can you walk? I need you to walk buddy, you're fucking heavy.".
"I... I can... Walk..." I stammered, reading my rifle as I took a wobbly step towards the trucks.
Hasheem, the militia leader who I didn't see until now, came strutting towards us from one of the shops wearing a red beret and aviators with an ancient-looking M9 clutched in his right hand.
"What are we running for?" He asked in heavily accented English while pointing towards the restaurant. "Who's in there?".
"Get your fucking guys situated on this street and pull security!" Lucky yelled at him, spittle flying from his mouth as a raging gunfight suddenly broke out.
Hasheem's brow furrowed as the dead naked man, who now had a portion of his head back, slowly walked into the street accompanied by small contorted blood-soaked creatures that had bone-like spines sticking out from their pale skin. They moved on all fours like fucked up humanoid dogs in our direction while snapping their jaws lined with razor-sharp teeth.
What the fuck...
One of Hasheem's men quickly set up a PKM on an overturned table next to us and fired down the street. I watched in horror as Chunks of flesh and bone spewed from the creatures who seemed to shrug off the rounds, sending a wave of fear through my scrambled mind.
"Yalla! Yalla!" Hasheem screamed while firing into the group as the naked man reached into a rubble pile by his feet, ripping out a piece of rebar before throwing it like a fucking javelin with his good hand.
The piece of rebar cut through the air and impacted with the PKM gunner's head with a sickening wet crunch, stopping the gunfire as the poor bastard fell onto the street with a confused look on his mangled face.
"Send in the QRF! Now!" Martin yelled as he picked up the "Nope" crate that landed on the sidewalk a few meters away while maneuvering towards the lead truck in the column behind us.
In my TBI-induced state, I tripped over a severed leg or rock? Just as a chunk of cement the size of a basketball flashed past my head by an inch, impacting the windshield of the lead truck as I landed on my back.
Lee suddenly appeared out of nowhere, taking a knee beside me as he steadied the aim of the stubby M79 40mm grenade launcher in his hands.
The M79 burped with a Fwoomp as the HE round landed short, sending dust, blood, and chunks of pavement into the air as he helped me back up, sending waves of nausea and pain through my body. Lucky jumped into the bed of the lead truck and reappeared with a 240, letting loose a stream of fire as the other OGA guys joined the fight
Adrenaline burned through my veins like liquid fire as more creatures poured out from the restaurant and into the street like a flood.
Trying to control my fear, I steadied my aim fired a short controlled burst at the cluster of creatures who were tearing through the militia and OGA guys attempting to run. Time seemed to speed up as one of my rounds split a creature's head in two as it clawed at an OGA guy who fell over his buddy.
He clutched a small cylindrical object in his hand as the large group swarmed over him before they went up in a bloody dust cloud as the shockwave rattled my skull as I hunkered down behind the engine block of the truck.
"Are they..." Ed asked aloud, peeking from behind the tailgate of the lead vehicle as the gunfire stopped, leaving us in silence as debris and body parts pelted my helmet as I swapped out my empty magazine.
Four mags down six to go...
I did a quick self-check, wiping blood from my nose before glancing behind me to see Wrecker being worked on by Lucky when a single shot rang out. I snapped my rifle towards the creatures only to see Hasheem. He started to cheer and clap with his men around the dead and dying creatures that were still clawing at them.
I tried to yell when a sudden wave of nausea hit, causing me to almost double over as Ed shouted.
I watched through blurred vision as Hasheem's victory was cut short when the not so dead naked man suddenly sat back up and pulled him down into his lap.
In one fluid motion, he snapped Hasheem's neck at an unnatural angle before throwing him to the side as his men screamed out in terror. "Shit! Shit! Shit!" Ed was losing his cool as another cluster of creatures emerged from an alleyway to our left.
I picked my targets, placing kill shots that only seemed slow their advance as the creatures with working extremities from the grenade blast began to crawl towards us.
I swapped out another magazine and glanced back to see a group of humvees screeching to a stop a few yards behind us as Martin yelled at the lead vehicle's crew, the guy mounting the Ma' Deuce opened fire.
Then a man wearing a uniform I didn't recognize exited from the back seat with an AT-4 anti-tank weapon in hand.
"Clear backblast!" He yelled out behind me as I continued firing.
"Backblast clear!" Someone else yelled back over the deafening gunfire from the Ma' Deuce
"Rocket!" The projectile flashed down the street and landed at the feet of the naked man, turning him and those around him into bloody chunks of meat and pink mist. "Move!" The man that was holding the AT-4 ordered as he pushed past me with a small group at his side.
A few seconds later he came back with the severed head of... (REDACTED)... Our target.
(REDACTED)'s good eye looked around with firey anger until it met with mine. A sudden look of recognition flashed in it as he tried to speak with what remained of his jaw that hung limply to one side as his left eye swung from its ruined orbital socket.
Hours passed after making a short pitstop back at the "Compound" and we were finally back in FOB (REDACTED), now clad in civilian clothing with our kits stowed and ready for the long flight home.
It's time to leave this blood-soaked battlefield for a while, I thought, pulling the pair of Gatorz down over my eyes While limping towards the open cargo ramp of the waiting C-130 on the flight line.
I felt like I was being watched and decided to glance around, spotting Martin off to my right who instantly waved me over with a bandaged hand.
Shit...
"I'll be back." I winced, blowing air through my teeth as I broke off from the team.
Martin met with me halfway accompanied by a lean man around my height with a goatee along with a blonde-haired woman with blazing blue eyes.
"This world hides terrible secrets Allen," Martin's gaze was distant as he lit a cigarette that hung loosely from his lips, "What you witnessed today was just one of them.". He nodded towards the man and woman as he blew a plume of smoke up into the air, "These two are apart of my team. You can expect to see them in the future.".
He took another long drag and stubbed out the cigarette, placing the butt into the cargo pocket of his combat pants before holding out his good hand.
I shook it without saying a word before rejoining the rest of my team as they walked up the massive cargo ramp.
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2020.10.20 05:27 Army_Bot Summary For: Weekly Question Thread (10/12/2020 to 10/18/2020)

Question, if you are a married individual and if you accidentally got pregnant on Christmas Leave- and be in the very start of your AIT what is the general process that happens?
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I dont smoke pot but have been wondering about something.
Senator Harris said that if elected VP Biden and her would decriminalize pot and expunge people's records. Do we think they would remove it from UCMJ if it was no longer a legal drug? Wouldnt they have to?
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Opinion question: Honestly, which would be the smarter move? Re-uping as a 35P and getting that crazy reenlistment bonus or commissioning/going warrant? Cus you no longer qualify for the bonus and flpb once you become an officer and no longer 35P correct?
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Howdy. I'm looking to join the NG for 11B. I've seen information surface lately about the 14 week OSUT program being extended to 22 weeks. What's the likelihood that I could receive the 22 week training and/or is there any way of knowing for certain?
Much appreciated!
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Hello,
26 year old, recent college graduate in Philosophy and Chemistry. I speak Spanish and a little Levantine Arabic, been a successful salesman for the past few years. 90th percentile on DLAB practice test, 99th on ASVAB. Generally unfulfilled at my current job path. Eagle scout, firefighter, emt etc. means I'm looking for something more active.
Looking towards a career in the intelligence community, and have been considering enlisting as a 37F. Cumulative/Major GPA of a 2.95/3.7 makes me think I wouldn't be competitive as a direct hire into CIA/DIA, or for OCS. Looking at other pathways to get experience and find a meaningful career, plus history of military service in my immediate family has me leaning towards that.
Recruiter was reserve CA, and keeps trying to push all the "doorkicker SF" stories, but I'm genuinely interested in what AD 37F roles and responsibilities are. I already read AR PAM 600-3 and would love to know what the life of an AD 37F is these days, since I understand there's both the tactical and strategic postings.
Looked through the wiki, and past postings already. I'd appreciate any and all advice, since at the end of the day I don't even know what I don't know, and I want to avoid any misconceptions.
Regards,
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Alright dumb question but I’m a boot. I’m “pv2” but apparently there’s some shit I gotta do electrically to officially be a pv2. I’m already getting e2 pay I just don’t know what I’m supposed to do
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So I got a huge paycheck this paycycle and I have no idea why. As an E2 I normally getting around $800 every two weeks, but it looks like they paid me $1800 this time.
I didn't sign on with any bonuses, my LAS didn't say anything about the extra money, and I'm not sure where to look to find out what's going on.
In the meantime I just set the money aside assuming Uncle Sam is going to want it back. Any advice?
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What are the odds that at the end of OSUT at fort benning I get offered airborne school. Is it dependent on your PT scores or is it just luck
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How do 35A intelligence officers specialize into fields of intelligence (SIGINT, HUMINT, whatever)? Do you specialize as soon as you are branched, or far later? Do you have any say in the matter, or is it a needs of the Army assignment?
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I have to take opat. I've looked online but I cannot find specific standards for each event. I see that 160lb is the cutoff for black but I've heard that you can load more weight onto the bar. But I cant find what the max numbers for each event are. I just see black, grey and gold without any more specific numbers. Can someone point me in the right direction to find that info?
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PCS to Leavenworth: I received my projected assignment, which is 15th MP at Ft Leavenworth. I’m a medic. Being with 15th MP I assume I’ll be working in the prison. So my questions are: for those who have been stationed there - what is the post and surrounding area like? And for those who have worked in the prison, especially medics, what was your experience like? I’ve spent some time in Kansas and don’t hate it, but I’m not thrilled about this assignment.
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I’m currently enlisted. I’m interested in green to gold. When is the recommended year to become an officer? As in is there specific years of service I should wait before becoming an officer to avoid being kicked out at 16 years for not making O4 or something like that.
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What the fuck is the lower leg pocket even used for?!?!?!?!
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Hello, I am currently late in the enlistment process and my husband has raised a question to me that neither I or my recruiter are able to give a satisfactory answer to. If my husband goes to a doctor on base, and they notice that he tests positive for THC, will he be punished? Presuming he is not currently high or carrying any on his person.
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I am applying for my masters after basic, OCS, and BOLC, and a concern of mine is whether I will be able to bring my GRE textbooks and other books to OCS. I am aware that I'll be in barracks but I heard that I'll have some weekends off. If yes, how will I get my textbooks from home to OCS if I fly there immediately? Thanks!
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For a lot of reasons, I've thought about enlisting. I'm in ROTC, but I'm not super high on the OML (about in the middle, maybe the bottom end of the top third). As such, I won't likely get the branch I want (MI). I want to work in the intel field, and that's a big part of why I want to branch MI or combat arms, but I'm very unlikely to get it. So I'm thinking about enlisting.
Between COVID turning college on its head, and the fact I suck at learning in an online environment (I do fine, but I'm not learning shit), I've thought about putting my degree on hold and enlisting as a 35-series MOS (I'd also try to either get an option 40 for a slot to RASP, or at least get airborne in the contract and hopefully get to do cool-guy support shit) - getting a TS/SCI, potentially a language/airborne/etc, and then finishing my degree would likely put me in a solid position to apply to one of the agencies after I get out, or to finish my degree and then try to commission (either OCS or return to ROTC).
Am I stupid to even consider this? I'm only 19, and can finish my degree in two years, so I could continue to make progress on it while in as well.
TLDR: Cadet probably won't get preferred branch, sucks at online school, considering putting degree on hold to enlist 35-series and then finishing my degree and applying to the agencies.
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Do IRR career counselors have a Quota like a normal recruiter?
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Could a warrant aviator be an ROTC SMP student?
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In a few years I am looking to go flight warrant, I am not aviation but really want to fly. How would I go about and getting LOR's and building that network?
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I'm Inactive Guard right now after 7 years. Just taking a year off to have a beard and shit.
I want to go AD.
Unfortunately I've been a shitbag with PT during my NG time. By the time i started to give a shit and want to be better, it was too late.
What are my options here as far as going AD and getting a fresh start? I want to actually do something and not be 80 years old explaining to my grandkids why I was an E-2.
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How similar are 46S (Public Affairs Specialist) and 25V (Combat Documentation Specialist) in terms of job duties and transferrable skills to the civilian sector? I'm more interested in multimedia production than writing press releases, which is why 25V is more appealing on the surface, but I want to be as flexible as possible in case one MOS isn't available but the other is. Would you consider the two to be relatively good substitutes for one another?
Also, I heard a while back that 25V is getting rolled into 46S. Does anyone know more details about that, as well as an approximate timeline? I'm guessing the army moves pretty slow, so is this something I should even be worrying about at this point?
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Can I take foundation, mascara, tweezers, contact lenses for graduation or will they just throw it all out?
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Question pertaining to females at BCT during COVID. Asking for a friend, since I went through a long time ago and want current info for her.
• ⁠Can she bring wet wipes (for personal hygiene), nail clippers, cough drops? I went with the bare minimum so I’m unsure on if you can bring these or if you have to just buy them at the PX. • ⁠With COVID, what does the packing list look like? Not sure if you get PT clothes or uniform in quarantine or if you have to bring extra clothes for this. • ⁠What is quarantine like? Will she be doing anything at all?
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I’m planning on enlisting in 6 months when I’m 17. I’m skinny fat and can’t really lift more then a 20 pound dumbbell and struggle to do more then 5 push ups at a time. Yes I know it’s extremely below average but I wanna get to the point where I can do rasp. I’m 6,0 and weigh 160-165 pounds. Any idea where to start to get to the standards of the end of OSUT pt test?
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my recruiter wants me to lose about 20 pounds before she tapes me again, but when i went into the office she told me to eat MORE. i barely eat as it is.. when i was in highschool i ate barely two meals a day and that's how my body is wired now. do you have any recommendations as to how i should lose weight? i really can't bring myself to eat more than i do now
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I am wondering whether the recruiting station I visited is following the guideline regarding COVID and what I should do to protect myself.
Today was my second time visiting that office, and I noticed nobody in the office was wearing the mask, unlike my first visit where my recruiter has at least asked if I want him to wear a mask (yes) the person (he didn't introduce himself, so idk) who helped me today (because the recruiter was gone today) didn't wear one, nor asked me if I wanted him to, and I really didn't want to make a scene so I just wore mine the whole time.
And then someone else in the office was like "I've been having this fevecold stuff, and i know it's cold cold from my wife" etc. Everyone in the office yelled covid but other than one person spraying lysol all over where he was sitting after he left, no further action was done...
Is this a common practice? I don't care how socially distanced people are, I don't feel safe being indoors with people outside of my family for a prolonged period of time without masks... Also, is there anything I can do about this?
Thanks!
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Are waivers being processed for juvenile records? At this point it was 12 years ago (I’m 28 now). 2 felonies and a misdemeanor for burglary, petit theft. No drugs or weapons or violence etc. Was expunged, did community service. I do have a bachelors degree.
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Is it possible to contact my Reserve unit during the week? As in non drill weekend?
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If you get an option 40 contract and have a non combat MOS, when you go through RASP and their pipeline will you still learn all the close quarters tactics and gun fighting to be an operator?
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As a 13F looking for a second duty station what do y’all recommend. Iv been at Fort Hood so anything is better then this. Soon to be SGT.
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What do y'all do to keep pace count? I'm normally like "42..43...huh weird lookin tree... FUCK!...37?..38..."
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Hey guys, so I'm set to get out soon, and I've decided to get a head start on cleaning my gear from CIF. Whats the best way to do it? Washing machines on base are closed down, so thats out of the question.
Also what do you guys use? Because as of right now i was going to use a combination of oxyclean, tide pods, and degreasing dish soap
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So the gym on post shut down the locker rooms due to covid and we can't bring bags into the building. I only have time to work out after work and going home to change sucks away my energy. I was thinking I'd just go to the gym in OCPs and swap out my shoes while lifting.
Thoughts?
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I'm debating if I should join the army in the coming years if I join I want to try and become a ranger how ever is there anything I should know befor joinong and how bad is the stuff you hear about like ptsd and all that also is worth joing I'm haveing trouble making up my mind also how would I go about becoming a ranger
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Say you wanted to be a door gunner or Apache gunner what MOS code/job title would that be exactly?
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How long is reception now that Covid is a thing?
I've used the search bar but all the threads and responses are dated. I've heard any where from a three week minimum to some companies being at 30th for 2 months before pick up
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Just got my orders and it seems I got Germany. As an 11C, does that mean I am going with the 2nd Cav? Also, how good is Germany to get as a duty station? Any tips for cool things to do around Germany would be awesome.
I plan to get into Air Assault school to get into the 101st, how should I go about that being a boot 11C?
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Hello all, Im studying for my ASVAB and Im planing to talk with a recruiter in about a month from now. Im interested in just one MOS and I heard the army is the only branch that let you reserve an a specific job, the MOS I want is 68p, I know is a rare MOS to get but if my ASVAB score qualifies me Im willing to wait 6 months or more for an opening, and I know a little bit about the DEP and the future soldier program but I don't know exactly how it works. It is possible to wait that long and enter to the FSP/DEP or the recruiter will make me choose another job??
Thanks in advance.
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Has anyone had good results from the SFAS workout on the goarmysof website? I have a mediocre ACFT (500 cusp). My main concern is not being able to keep up with it. I’ve never really done a personal fitness program as an individual. I want to attend SFAS after AIT among other things.
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I posted this on last week's WQT, but I posted it last night so it might not have gotten around. To those recruiters out there or anyone with knowledge on this, are the jobs listed on Prior Service Business Rules a good guide on the jobs available for someone looking to come back in? In other words, should I compare only those jobs and see which one I would like, assuming it is available at the time? Or is there a chance I can be given the option of a job not listed on the Prior service business rules?
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In general, for both active duty and reserve, how much time do you spend doing your actual MOS? Is it simply dependent on your particular MOS and/or unit? I imagine there are some MOS's, like 15Q Air Traffic Controller where you're almost always actually doing your job, but I can't find a great answer.
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What options are available for someone pursuing a foreign language studies degree with a concentration in Russian? Is officer or enlisted the better option? ROTC? What specific mos is available to utilize this specific skill set? Does anyone have any experience with this field of work? I want to join the Army because my husband is enlisting in the Army. I am starting school this semester but already have a little bit of a foundation in Russian. Thank you in advance I look forward to hearing your advice.
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Anyone know what the bonus looks like for 68W?
Edit: Florida
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I am an idiot and probably have screwed myself. There's no way around this, bottom line I failed to disclose an incident from almost 12 years ago to my recruiter, on my paperwork and at MEPS. I'm trying to go infantry but I haven't done my interview with my career counselor or what have you yet.
 
In 2009 I got stopped by a cop, my brother's bong was in the car and I got the business end for it. I wasn't taken to jail, I wasn't fingerprinted, I didn't do any community service, cop had me call my parents, they came and got me, and then later I met with the DA's assistant or someone and paid some kind of fee. I barely remember and haven't thought about this in years so details are sketch. I have no excuse but this is why I didn't disclose this, I've passed a lot of background checks for bank jobs, security licenses, firearm licenses etc and this never came up so I just never got reminded of it, I have no criminal record besides this one thing which I'm not even sure is on my record.
 
Now I passed medical and am waiting on some other paperwork. My recruiter said I should be able to go back to Meps in a few days, but this old shit just got brought up to me when I was talking to my brother (same one). " He's basically like "what'd they say about that thing when you were a kid." And I'm like "fuuuck." Is it too late? How do I fix this? Is it even possible or am I now officially fraudulently attempting to enlist?
 
Yeah, I'm a moron. No way around it. I just want to make this right if at all possible.
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AD ETSing (SOON™)considering reclassing into the USAR for a language-required MOS (35P / 35M). Looking for insight before I go to the reserve career counselor so I can be prepared.
1) What's the process for selecting a unit in the USAR? I've scoped out target languages of various units and know which units I would join. Do I just take all the UICs to the RCCC?
2) 35M is "language-required" but i've seen reddit posts within the last year, and literally talked to a 35M in-person yesterday, without a language. So whats the deal with that? I do not want to re-enlist without securing a spot at DLI.
3) 35M AIT. I am not a smooth talker; building rapport with people definitely isn't a strong suit. I'm confident I can learn a new language, and I'm nice at briefing, but making personal "small talk" isn't my thing. Would this be a problem to pass the course (or just exist as a 35M in general)?
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I’ll copy my text from a thread I made that ultimately got removed because I didn’t read the sub rules well enough:
For those who went into 25b or 17c, do you have any regrets?
As someone who is 24, been stuck at a dead-end factory job for several years, and wants to desperately get out of Michigan, I’m mostly looking for advice on if I would benefit more from going in for a 25b/17c (active) than from continuing to barely get by and try to go back to school.
Or if there are any benefits for going with the Reserves over Active Duty for the IT related jobs.
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Does anyone know what programs exist to aid Guard/Reserve guys who want to go to Law School?
Looking for one of my troops.
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Quick question
I scored really high on the Asvab, and I had a job picked out. However, I found out I was colorblind, and my job potential significantly diminished. Therefore, I was thinking of trying to enlist as a 31k Dog handler, but I’ve been told the chances of me getting this MOS are slim to none. I have a college degree, and I want to do something meaningful and purposeful that also allows me to make use of my intellect. Since I am limited to merely 10 MOS options, I have very little choice in what I can do. However, I’m asking because I know little to nothing about what military life entails, and I’d rather not join an MOS and end up despising it. The other options I was thinking of (if I can’t get military dog handler) are 13B, 13M and 13J. I’ve read that 13Ms go to Korea every 18 months, but would this even be worth it if it’s an egregious job? Also, is this true? Please let me know your guys’ experience. I greatly appreciate your opinions and time in responding to my qualms/questions.
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I'm planning on joining up at the end of this year, late DecembeEarly January. I've looked though a lot of options, listened to stories and experiences from other people who are on or have finished the path I'd like to take, and I think I have a decent understanding of the route I'd like to take. Really, all I'd like is for you guys to nitpick my plan and tell me if something is unfeasible. Thank you for your time. TL;DR at the bottom
As you can tell from my username, my ultimate goal is Special Forces, 18D in particular. The first idea I had was the 18X contract, but after listening to people who have been down that road, and considering that I'm not the best already, I believe that it would be better to stay away from 18X. Instead, I'm going in as 68W. I'd be coming in with my EMT-B, which my recruiter (I know, never 100% trust recruiters) said would allow me to essentially go in as an E-4 Specialist. I'm going to try and get an Option 4 (5?) contract, which would mean I'm guaranteed Airborne. After completing BC, AIT, and hopefully AB, I'd drop a packet for RASP. A few different people who are in 68W have said that RASP is always taking medics, so that's perfect for me. Either way, I'd go through RASP, try to get attached to a scouting/forward unit (for land nav experience). I'd work with them, and possibly go to SOCM. After that, get used to working as a medic, bulk up, and drop a packet for Selection. From there, I've gotta crush selection and Q-course, as well as the additional 18D training. At which point, I'd be the highest trained type of medic in the military.
Don't misunderstand, I know that everything I've listed is incredibly hard. At any point, I could fuck up some part of my body and be SoL, or could fail something and be asked not to come back. It's not a walk in the park, it's some of the hardest training in the world. I don't care, I'm going to either crush it or get crushed.
TL;DR: Enlist as E-4 due to EMT-B cert > join as 68W > Finish AIT > Go Airborne > Go RASP > Work/bulk up > SOCM > Work > Selection > Beat it or die trying.
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On my way to Fort Jackson for basic what’s the quarantine like?
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This Natty Guardsman is finally getting a cool-guy deployment to Djibouti (which is about as "cool-guy" as it gets for us slick sleeves). We're pretty far off from actually leaving for country, so higher command hasn't given us any guidance besides giving us a general time window to prepare for. For those of you who have gone to North Africa, what's life like for an infantryman nowadays? I'm not expecting any Black Hawk Down shit, but I'm really hoping it's not just day-in and day-out of trying to masturbate quick enough not to die of heat exhaustion in the porta-shitter.
Also, if you've got any tips on how to safely download TV shows and movies (for free) to an external hard drive, I'd love to hear 'em.
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Question for recruiters: When is the latest time I can take the OPAT before shipping out? Also what is “orientation”?
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4 weeks ago, I submitted the entirety of the hospital records surrounding my clavicle surgery to my recruiter, and was told that the prrocess of enlisting had to be put on hold until it was cleared. I have called my recruiter once a week since then, only for them to tell me "nothing has changed". What time frame should I be looking at for my surgery to be "cleared"? Thank you.
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With the iPhone 12 announced yesterday, what are the 5G speeds like on Humphreys? I heard Korea has a robust 5G network. Is it faster than wired internet? Is there a plan for unlimited 5G data at a reasonable price?
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Got told by a Sergeant Major that wearing a short sleeve PT shirt underneath a long sleeve PT shirt is not authorized. I have been in the Army for over a year and this is the first time I've heard this. Is this true?
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Anybody have experience with FLW during Jan-March/April? I've heard it isn't a bad time to go to basic, since PT is kept relatively short and they close the obstacle courses if it gets too bad.
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I am currently about to commission as a Military Intelligence Officer as a reservist in May. I realize this may be a dumb question but is there a master list of deployment slots that need to be filled by reserve augmentees anywhere?
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Question is it possible to join the army or marines with high cholesterol?
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I have two questions I’m just going to ask in the same comment.
  1. For those who went from reserve to active, what was it like? The whole process in doing so. I’m currently in the reserve and want to go active after my reserve contract
  2. If you have an intel mos and get stationed at ft Meade do you really have the opportunity to work with a 3-letter agency?
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Does anyone know if they are letting soldiers go home during the holiday exodus (19dec-2jan) during basic training like they usually do? Or no due to coronavirus?
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As a guardsman. I want to improve my asvab score and I will be near a active duty base for quite some time. Is it possible for me to go to the education center and take the test? And if so what are the steps. Thank you
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Does anyone know what time the 21-02 marketplace opens?
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With this time of the year what is the timeframe for a prior service reenlisting? I know I'll need a waiver for an RE-3. I just submitted all the paperwork needed to the recruiter. We're waiting on the redd from the Marines.
I know no one here can tell me the exact date. Just looking for personal experiences. Thank you for your time
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Is there a PT test in reception week?
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Greetingzz fellas’
Any recent MOS-T guys here that have any insight into life during AIT(any AIT). My report date is in 3 months. Transitioning into 25N as a E5, would it benefit myself in terms of follow on orders if I contacted branch for my assignment during the school house tenure or before? If any, since it’s AIT and they are always looking for volunteers for RASP or something along those lines. Would those options be available for MOS-T?
Thanks!!
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Whats your advice on physically preparing for army training? More specifically, physically preparing for medic army training.
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Is it possible to be colorblind and go airborne? And if so can you get it in your contract if your colorblind or do you have to be a PT stud and apply at AIT.
Thanks
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How does deployment work? Like after basic training what comes next? Do they ask you if you want to be deployed? Is it something you pick? Do you pick the location you want to be deployed to? Like do they give you a list or something and say “here, pick one”?
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What is a good guarantee to get stationed over seas?
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So I’m stationed in Alabama, and after a trip to go see some old friends and making my way back to base I was pulled over for speeding due to not paying attention. Not by much, don’t remember off the top of my head. But long story short I was given a warning citation with both the officer and the paper itself both saying warning with zero mention of court or a fine. Do I need to let my leadership know and does this negatively impact me? Kinda tripping balls here.
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Interested in joining but my recruiter says my desired MOS (25M) doesn't exist?
Is he lying to me? I see job postings for it in Google search and it's still listed on the Army website.
https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/arts-and-media/multimedia-illustrator.html
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I have my orders for 116th MI BDG and my report date is March 13th, so does anyone have any idea what its like there? I'm curious because its my first unit.
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Intel officers - is there anything I can do to spend some of my LT time in INSCOM instead of just spending 3.5 years in S2? From my understanding it's pure luck and only about 1/4 of LTs get any time in INSCOM until after CCC?
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Hello! Just wanted to see if there was any prior service or currently serving officers that could answer some questions I had about the jobs on the officer side.
1.) What are the best jobs?
2.) Which ones have the best job prospects outside of the military?
3.) (Correct me if I'm wrong cause I don't now anything ,but) Does it really matter what job you choose sense their all managerial roles and probably won't give you the same skills you would learn as enlisted?
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Dumb question, but if I have my paperwork that says I qualified Grenade expert, is that kosher to wear on my ASU? I know it’s dumb, but I’d like to fit 3 badges if possible.
EDIT: Also, if I contract with ROTC as SMP, does that still count towards Awards/TIS? Ex. Driver’s badge
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how do I use tricare? I'm trying to get my eyes checked in one of the optometry clinics on base. Do I just use my CAC or do they need some sort of proof
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Safe place? Lol
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Enlisting soon as an E-4. How quickly can one promote to E-5?
As a civilian I have a tendency to move up the ranks quickly. I don’t mess around too much, learn quickly and do my job well, always.
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2020.10.20 05:27 Army_Bot Summary For: Weekly Question Thread (10/12/2020 to 10/18/2020)

Question, if you are a married individual and if you accidentally got pregnant on Christmas Leave- and be in the very start of your AIT what is the general process that happens?
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I dont smoke pot but have been wondering about something.
Senator Harris said that if elected VP Biden and her would decriminalize pot and expunge people's records. Do we think they would remove it from UCMJ if it was no longer a legal drug? Wouldnt they have to?
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Opinion question: Honestly, which would be the smarter move? Re-uping as a 35P and getting that crazy reenlistment bonus or commissioning/going warrant? Cus you no longer qualify for the bonus and flpb once you become an officer and no longer 35P correct?
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Howdy. I'm looking to join the NG for 11B. I've seen information surface lately about the 14 week OSUT program being extended to 22 weeks. What's the likelihood that I could receive the 22 week training and/or is there any way of knowing for certain?
Much appreciated!
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Hello,
26 year old, recent college graduate in Philosophy and Chemistry. I speak Spanish and a little Levantine Arabic, been a successful salesman for the past few years. 90th percentile on DLAB practice test, 99th on ASVAB. Generally unfulfilled at my current job path. Eagle scout, firefighter, emt etc. means I'm looking for something more active.
Looking towards a career in the intelligence community, and have been considering enlisting as a 37F. Cumulative/Major GPA of a 2.95/3.7 makes me think I wouldn't be competitive as a direct hire into CIA/DIA, or for OCS. Looking at other pathways to get experience and find a meaningful career, plus history of military service in my immediate family has me leaning towards that.
Recruiter was reserve CA, and keeps trying to push all the "doorkicker SF" stories, but I'm genuinely interested in what AD 37F roles and responsibilities are. I already read AR PAM 600-3 and would love to know what the life of an AD 37F is these days, since I understand there's both the tactical and strategic postings.
Looked through the wiki, and past postings already. I'd appreciate any and all advice, since at the end of the day I don't even know what I don't know, and I want to avoid any misconceptions.
Regards,
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Alright dumb question but I’m a boot. I’m “pv2” but apparently there’s some shit I gotta do electrically to officially be a pv2. I’m already getting e2 pay I just don’t know what I’m supposed to do
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So I got a huge paycheck this paycycle and I have no idea why. As an E2 I normally getting around $800 every two weeks, but it looks like they paid me $1800 this time.
I didn't sign on with any bonuses, my LAS didn't say anything about the extra money, and I'm not sure where to look to find out what's going on.
In the meantime I just set the money aside assuming Uncle Sam is going to want it back. Any advice?
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What are the odds that at the end of OSUT at fort benning I get offered airborne school. Is it dependent on your PT scores or is it just luck
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How do 35A intelligence officers specialize into fields of intelligence (SIGINT, HUMINT, whatever)? Do you specialize as soon as you are branched, or far later? Do you have any say in the matter, or is it a needs of the Army assignment?
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I have to take opat. I've looked online but I cannot find specific standards for each event. I see that 160lb is the cutoff for black but I've heard that you can load more weight onto the bar. But I cant find what the max numbers for each event are. I just see black, grey and gold without any more specific numbers. Can someone point me in the right direction to find that info?
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PCS to Leavenworth: I received my projected assignment, which is 15th MP at Ft Leavenworth. I’m a medic. Being with 15th MP I assume I’ll be working in the prison. So my questions are: for those who have been stationed there - what is the post and surrounding area like? And for those who have worked in the prison, especially medics, what was your experience like? I’ve spent some time in Kansas and don’t hate it, but I’m not thrilled about this assignment.
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I’m currently enlisted. I’m interested in green to gold. When is the recommended year to become an officer? As in is there specific years of service I should wait before becoming an officer to avoid being kicked out at 16 years for not making O4 or something like that.
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What the fuck is the lower leg pocket even used for?!?!?!?!
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Hello, I am currently late in the enlistment process and my husband has raised a question to me that neither I or my recruiter are able to give a satisfactory answer to. If my husband goes to a doctor on base, and they notice that he tests positive for THC, will he be punished? Presuming he is not currently high or carrying any on his person.
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I am applying for my masters after basic, OCS, and BOLC, and a concern of mine is whether I will be able to bring my GRE textbooks and other books to OCS. I am aware that I'll be in barracks but I heard that I'll have some weekends off. If yes, how will I get my textbooks from home to OCS if I fly there immediately? Thanks!
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For a lot of reasons, I've thought about enlisting. I'm in ROTC, but I'm not super high on the OML (about in the middle, maybe the bottom end of the top third). As such, I won't likely get the branch I want (MI). I want to work in the intel field, and that's a big part of why I want to branch MI or combat arms, but I'm very unlikely to get it. So I'm thinking about enlisting.
Between COVID turning college on its head, and the fact I suck at learning in an online environment (I do fine, but I'm not learning shit), I've thought about putting my degree on hold and enlisting as a 35-series MOS (I'd also try to either get an option 40 for a slot to RASP, or at least get airborne in the contract and hopefully get to do cool-guy support shit) - getting a TS/SCI, potentially a language/airborne/etc, and then finishing my degree would likely put me in a solid position to apply to one of the agencies after I get out, or to finish my degree and then try to commission (either OCS or return to ROTC).
Am I stupid to even consider this? I'm only 19, and can finish my degree in two years, so I could continue to make progress on it while in as well.
TLDR: Cadet probably won't get preferred branch, sucks at online school, considering putting degree on hold to enlist 35-series and then finishing my degree and applying to the agencies.
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Do IRR career counselors have a Quota like a normal recruiter?
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Could a warrant aviator be an ROTC SMP student?
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In a few years I am looking to go flight warrant, I am not aviation but really want to fly. How would I go about and getting LOR's and building that network?
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I'm Inactive Guard right now after 7 years. Just taking a year off to have a beard and shit.
I want to go AD.
Unfortunately I've been a shitbag with PT during my NG time. By the time i started to give a shit and want to be better, it was too late.
What are my options here as far as going AD and getting a fresh start? I want to actually do something and not be 80 years old explaining to my grandkids why I was an E-2.
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How similar are 46S (Public Affairs Specialist) and 25V (Combat Documentation Specialist) in terms of job duties and transferrable skills to the civilian sector? I'm more interested in multimedia production than writing press releases, which is why 25V is more appealing on the surface, but I want to be as flexible as possible in case one MOS isn't available but the other is. Would you consider the two to be relatively good substitutes for one another?
Also, I heard a while back that 25V is getting rolled into 46S. Does anyone know more details about that, as well as an approximate timeline? I'm guessing the army moves pretty slow, so is this something I should even be worrying about at this point?
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Can I take foundation, mascara, tweezers, contact lenses for graduation or will they just throw it all out?
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Question pertaining to females at BCT during COVID. Asking for a friend, since I went through a long time ago and want current info for her.
• ⁠Can she bring wet wipes (for personal hygiene), nail clippers, cough drops? I went with the bare minimum so I’m unsure on if you can bring these or if you have to just buy them at the PX. • ⁠With COVID, what does the packing list look like? Not sure if you get PT clothes or uniform in quarantine or if you have to bring extra clothes for this. • ⁠What is quarantine like? Will she be doing anything at all?
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I’m planning on enlisting in 6 months when I’m 17. I’m skinny fat and can’t really lift more then a 20 pound dumbbell and struggle to do more then 5 push ups at a time. Yes I know it’s extremely below average but I wanna get to the point where I can do rasp. I’m 6,0 and weigh 160-165 pounds. Any idea where to start to get to the standards of the end of OSUT pt test?
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my recruiter wants me to lose about 20 pounds before she tapes me again, but when i went into the office she told me to eat MORE. i barely eat as it is.. when i was in highschool i ate barely two meals a day and that's how my body is wired now. do you have any recommendations as to how i should lose weight? i really can't bring myself to eat more than i do now
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I am wondering whether the recruiting station I visited is following the guideline regarding COVID and what I should do to protect myself.
Today was my second time visiting that office, and I noticed nobody in the office was wearing the mask, unlike my first visit where my recruiter has at least asked if I want him to wear a mask (yes) the person (he didn't introduce himself, so idk) who helped me today (because the recruiter was gone today) didn't wear one, nor asked me if I wanted him to, and I really didn't want to make a scene so I just wore mine the whole time.
And then someone else in the office was like "I've been having this fevecold stuff, and i know it's cold cold from my wife" etc. Everyone in the office yelled covid but other than one person spraying lysol all over where he was sitting after he left, no further action was done...
Is this a common practice? I don't care how socially distanced people are, I don't feel safe being indoors with people outside of my family for a prolonged period of time without masks... Also, is there anything I can do about this?
Thanks!
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Are waivers being processed for juvenile records? At this point it was 12 years ago (I’m 28 now). 2 felonies and a misdemeanor for burglary, petit theft. No drugs or weapons or violence etc. Was expunged, did community service. I do have a bachelors degree.
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Is it possible to contact my Reserve unit during the week? As in non drill weekend?
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If you get an option 40 contract and have a non combat MOS, when you go through RASP and their pipeline will you still learn all the close quarters tactics and gun fighting to be an operator?
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As a 13F looking for a second duty station what do y’all recommend. Iv been at Fort Hood so anything is better then this. Soon to be SGT.
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What do y'all do to keep pace count? I'm normally like "42..43...huh weird lookin tree... FUCK!...37?..38..."
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Hey guys, so I'm set to get out soon, and I've decided to get a head start on cleaning my gear from CIF. Whats the best way to do it? Washing machines on base are closed down, so thats out of the question.
Also what do you guys use? Because as of right now i was going to use a combination of oxyclean, tide pods, and degreasing dish soap
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So the gym on post shut down the locker rooms due to covid and we can't bring bags into the building. I only have time to work out after work and going home to change sucks away my energy. I was thinking I'd just go to the gym in OCPs and swap out my shoes while lifting.
Thoughts?
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I'm debating if I should join the army in the coming years if I join I want to try and become a ranger how ever is there anything I should know befor joinong and how bad is the stuff you hear about like ptsd and all that also is worth joing I'm haveing trouble making up my mind also how would I go about becoming a ranger
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Say you wanted to be a door gunner or Apache gunner what MOS code/job title would that be exactly?
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How long is reception now that Covid is a thing?
I've used the search bar but all the threads and responses are dated. I've heard any where from a three week minimum to some companies being at 30th for 2 months before pick up
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Just got my orders and it seems I got Germany. As an 11C, does that mean I am going with the 2nd Cav? Also, how good is Germany to get as a duty station? Any tips for cool things to do around Germany would be awesome.
I plan to get into Air Assault school to get into the 101st, how should I go about that being a boot 11C?
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Hello all, Im studying for my ASVAB and Im planing to talk with a recruiter in about a month from now. Im interested in just one MOS and I heard the army is the only branch that let you reserve an a specific job, the MOS I want is 68p, I know is a rare MOS to get but if my ASVAB score qualifies me Im willing to wait 6 months or more for an opening, and I know a little bit about the DEP and the future soldier program but I don't know exactly how it works. It is possible to wait that long and enter to the FSP/DEP or the recruiter will make me choose another job??
Thanks in advance.
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Has anyone had good results from the SFAS workout on the goarmysof website? I have a mediocre ACFT (500 cusp). My main concern is not being able to keep up with it. I’ve never really done a personal fitness program as an individual. I want to attend SFAS after AIT among other things.
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I posted this on last week's WQT, but I posted it last night so it might not have gotten around. To those recruiters out there or anyone with knowledge on this, are the jobs listed on Prior Service Business Rules a good guide on the jobs available for someone looking to come back in? In other words, should I compare only those jobs and see which one I would like, assuming it is available at the time? Or is there a chance I can be given the option of a job not listed on the Prior service business rules?
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In general, for both active duty and reserve, how much time do you spend doing your actual MOS? Is it simply dependent on your particular MOS and/or unit? I imagine there are some MOS's, like 15Q Air Traffic Controller where you're almost always actually doing your job, but I can't find a great answer.
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What options are available for someone pursuing a foreign language studies degree with a concentration in Russian? Is officer or enlisted the better option? ROTC? What specific mos is available to utilize this specific skill set? Does anyone have any experience with this field of work? I want to join the Army because my husband is enlisting in the Army. I am starting school this semester but already have a little bit of a foundation in Russian. Thank you in advance I look forward to hearing your advice.
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Anyone know what the bonus looks like for 68W?
Edit: Florida
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I am an idiot and probably have screwed myself. There's no way around this, bottom line I failed to disclose an incident from almost 12 years ago to my recruiter, on my paperwork and at MEPS. I'm trying to go infantry but I haven't done my interview with my career counselor or what have you yet.
 
In 2009 I got stopped by a cop, my brother's bong was in the car and I got the business end for it. I wasn't taken to jail, I wasn't fingerprinted, I didn't do any community service, cop had me call my parents, they came and got me, and then later I met with the DA's assistant or someone and paid some kind of fee. I barely remember and haven't thought about this in years so details are sketch. I have no excuse but this is why I didn't disclose this, I've passed a lot of background checks for bank jobs, security licenses, firearm licenses etc and this never came up so I just never got reminded of it, I have no criminal record besides this one thing which I'm not even sure is on my record.
 
Now I passed medical and am waiting on some other paperwork. My recruiter said I should be able to go back to Meps in a few days, but this old shit just got brought up to me when I was talking to my brother (same one). " He's basically like "what'd they say about that thing when you were a kid." And I'm like "fuuuck." Is it too late? How do I fix this? Is it even possible or am I now officially fraudulently attempting to enlist?
 
Yeah, I'm a moron. No way around it. I just want to make this right if at all possible.
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AD ETSing (SOON™)considering reclassing into the USAR for a language-required MOS (35P / 35M). Looking for insight before I go to the reserve career counselor so I can be prepared.
1) What's the process for selecting a unit in the USAR? I've scoped out target languages of various units and know which units I would join. Do I just take all the UICs to the RCCC?
2) 35M is "language-required" but i've seen reddit posts within the last year, and literally talked to a 35M in-person yesterday, without a language. So whats the deal with that? I do not want to re-enlist without securing a spot at DLI.
3) 35M AIT. I am not a smooth talker; building rapport with people definitely isn't a strong suit. I'm confident I can learn a new language, and I'm nice at briefing, but making personal "small talk" isn't my thing. Would this be a problem to pass the course (or just exist as a 35M in general)?
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I’ll copy my text from a thread I made that ultimately got removed because I didn’t read the sub rules well enough:
For those who went into 25b or 17c, do you have any regrets?
As someone who is 24, been stuck at a dead-end factory job for several years, and wants to desperately get out of Michigan, I’m mostly looking for advice on if I would benefit more from going in for a 25b/17c (active) than from continuing to barely get by and try to go back to school.
Or if there are any benefits for going with the Reserves over Active Duty for the IT related jobs.
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Does anyone know what programs exist to aid Guard/Reserve guys who want to go to Law School?
Looking for one of my troops.
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Quick question
I scored really high on the Asvab, and I had a job picked out. However, I found out I was colorblind, and my job potential significantly diminished. Therefore, I was thinking of trying to enlist as a 31k Dog handler, but I’ve been told the chances of me getting this MOS are slim to none. I have a college degree, and I want to do something meaningful and purposeful that also allows me to make use of my intellect. Since I am limited to merely 10 MOS options, I have very little choice in what I can do. However, I’m asking because I know little to nothing about what military life entails, and I’d rather not join an MOS and end up despising it. The other options I was thinking of (if I can’t get military dog handler) are 13B, 13M and 13J. I’ve read that 13Ms go to Korea every 18 months, but would this even be worth it if it’s an egregious job? Also, is this true? Please let me know your guys’ experience. I greatly appreciate your opinions and time in responding to my qualms/questions.
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I'm planning on joining up at the end of this year, late DecembeEarly January. I've looked though a lot of options, listened to stories and experiences from other people who are on or have finished the path I'd like to take, and I think I have a decent understanding of the route I'd like to take. Really, all I'd like is for you guys to nitpick my plan and tell me if something is unfeasible. Thank you for your time. TL;DR at the bottom
As you can tell from my username, my ultimate goal is Special Forces, 18D in particular. The first idea I had was the 18X contract, but after listening to people who have been down that road, and considering that I'm not the best already, I believe that it would be better to stay away from 18X. Instead, I'm going in as 68W. I'd be coming in with my EMT-B, which my recruiter (I know, never 100% trust recruiters) said would allow me to essentially go in as an E-4 Specialist. I'm going to try and get an Option 4 (5?) contract, which would mean I'm guaranteed Airborne. After completing BC, AIT, and hopefully AB, I'd drop a packet for RASP. A few different people who are in 68W have said that RASP is always taking medics, so that's perfect for me. Either way, I'd go through RASP, try to get attached to a scouting/forward unit (for land nav experience). I'd work with them, and possibly go to SOCM. After that, get used to working as a medic, bulk up, and drop a packet for Selection. From there, I've gotta crush selection and Q-course, as well as the additional 18D training. At which point, I'd be the highest trained type of medic in the military.
Don't misunderstand, I know that everything I've listed is incredibly hard. At any point, I could fuck up some part of my body and be SoL, or could fail something and be asked not to come back. It's not a walk in the park, it's some of the hardest training in the world. I don't care, I'm going to either crush it or get crushed.
TL;DR: Enlist as E-4 due to EMT-B cert > join as 68W > Finish AIT > Go Airborne > Go RASP > Work/bulk up > SOCM > Work > Selection > Beat it or die trying.
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On my way to Fort Jackson for basic what’s the quarantine like?
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This Natty Guardsman is finally getting a cool-guy deployment to Djibouti (which is about as "cool-guy" as it gets for us slick sleeves). We're pretty far off from actually leaving for country, so higher command hasn't given us any guidance besides giving us a general time window to prepare for. For those of you who have gone to North Africa, what's life like for an infantryman nowadays? I'm not expecting any Black Hawk Down shit, but I'm really hoping it's not just day-in and day-out of trying to masturbate quick enough not to die of heat exhaustion in the porta-shitter.
Also, if you've got any tips on how to safely download TV shows and movies (for free) to an external hard drive, I'd love to hear 'em.
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Question for recruiters: When is the latest time I can take the OPAT before shipping out? Also what is “orientation”?
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4 weeks ago, I submitted the entirety of the hospital records surrounding my clavicle surgery to my recruiter, and was told that the prrocess of enlisting had to be put on hold until it was cleared. I have called my recruiter once a week since then, only for them to tell me "nothing has changed". What time frame should I be looking at for my surgery to be "cleared"? Thank you.
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With the iPhone 12 announced yesterday, what are the 5G speeds like on Humphreys? I heard Korea has a robust 5G network. Is it faster than wired internet? Is there a plan for unlimited 5G data at a reasonable price?
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Got told by a Sergeant Major that wearing a short sleeve PT shirt underneath a long sleeve PT shirt is not authorized. I have been in the Army for over a year and this is the first time I've heard this. Is this true?
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Anybody have experience with FLW during Jan-March/April? I've heard it isn't a bad time to go to basic, since PT is kept relatively short and they close the obstacle courses if it gets too bad.
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I am currently about to commission as a Military Intelligence Officer as a reservist in May. I realize this may be a dumb question but is there a master list of deployment slots that need to be filled by reserve augmentees anywhere?
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Question is it possible to join the army or marines with high cholesterol?
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I have two questions I’m just going to ask in the same comment.
  1. For those who went from reserve to active, what was it like? The whole process in doing so. I’m currently in the reserve and want to go active after my reserve contract
  2. If you have an intel mos and get stationed at ft Meade do you really have the opportunity to work with a 3-letter agency?
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Does anyone know if they are letting soldiers go home during the holiday exodus (19dec-2jan) during basic training like they usually do? Or no due to coronavirus?
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As a guardsman. I want to improve my asvab score and I will be near a active duty base for quite some time. Is it possible for me to go to the education center and take the test? And if so what are the steps. Thank you
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Does anyone know what time the 21-02 marketplace opens?
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With this time of the year what is the timeframe for a prior service reenlisting? I know I'll need a waiver for an RE-3. I just submitted all the paperwork needed to the recruiter. We're waiting on the redd from the Marines.
I know no one here can tell me the exact date. Just looking for personal experiences. Thank you for your time
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Is there a PT test in reception week?
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Greetingzz fellas’
Any recent MOS-T guys here that have any insight into life during AIT(any AIT). My report date is in 3 months. Transitioning into 25N as a E5, would it benefit myself in terms of follow on orders if I contacted branch for my assignment during the school house tenure or before? If any, since it’s AIT and they are always looking for volunteers for RASP or something along those lines. Would those options be available for MOS-T?
Thanks!!
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Whats your advice on physically preparing for army training? More specifically, physically preparing for medic army training.
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Is it possible to be colorblind and go airborne? And if so can you get it in your contract if your colorblind or do you have to be a PT stud and apply at AIT.
Thanks
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How does deployment work? Like after basic training what comes next? Do they ask you if you want to be deployed? Is it something you pick? Do you pick the location you want to be deployed to? Like do they give you a list or something and say “here, pick one”?
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What is a good guarantee to get stationed over seas?
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So I’m stationed in Alabama, and after a trip to go see some old friends and making my way back to base I was pulled over for speeding due to not paying attention. Not by much, don’t remember off the top of my head. But long story short I was given a warning citation with both the officer and the paper itself both saying warning with zero mention of court or a fine. Do I need to let my leadership know and does this negatively impact me? Kinda tripping balls here.
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Interested in joining but my recruiter says my desired MOS (25M) doesn't exist?
Is he lying to me? I see job postings for it in Google search and it's still listed on the Army website.
https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/arts-and-media/multimedia-illustrator.html
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I have my orders for 116th MI BDG and my report date is March 13th, so does anyone have any idea what its like there? I'm curious because its my first unit.
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Intel officers - is there anything I can do to spend some of my LT time in INSCOM instead of just spending 3.5 years in S2? From my understanding it's pure luck and only about 1/4 of LTs get any time in INSCOM until after CCC?
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Hello! Just wanted to see if there was any prior service or currently serving officers that could answer some questions I had about the jobs on the officer side.
1.) What are the best jobs?
2.) Which ones have the best job prospects outside of the military?
3.) (Correct me if I'm wrong cause I don't now anything ,but) Does it really matter what job you choose sense their all managerial roles and probably won't give you the same skills you would learn as enlisted?
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Dumb question, but if I have my paperwork that says I qualified Grenade expert, is that kosher to wear on my ASU? I know it’s dumb, but I’d like to fit 3 badges if possible.
EDIT: Also, if I contract with ROTC as SMP, does that still count towards Awards/TIS? Ex. Driver’s badge
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how do I use tricare? I'm trying to get my eyes checked in one of the optometry clinics on base. Do I just use my CAC or do they need some sort of proof
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Safe place? Lol
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Enlisting soon as an E-4. How quickly can one promote to E-5?
As a civilian I have a tendency to move up the ranks quickly. I don’t mess around too much, learn quickly and do my job well, always.
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2020.10.17 11:10 Ingenious_Hotzendorf Reconstructions of Ancient Egyptian

Cross-post from AncientEgypt. Image
James P. Allen has made giant leaps in our understanding of Ancient Egyptian phonology with his book "Ancient Egyptian Phonology" (2020) and I want to share some of his insights and reconstructions here including Pyramid Text 436. I haven't digged enough into Demotic and Coptic yet so I will focus on Old Egyptian (Old Kingdom), Middle Egyptian (Middle Kingdom) and Late Egyptian (New Kingdom) here. Corrections, questions and critiques are welcome!

The Development of the Ancient Egyptian Language

All dates approximate:
Old Egyptian (OE) = 2600–2100 BCE
Middle Egyptian (ME) = 2100–1300 BCE
Late Egyptian (LE) = 1300–650 BCE
Demotic (D) = 700 BC–200 CE
Old Coptic (OC) = 400 BCE–200 CE
Coptic (C) = 200-2020 CE, displaced by Arabic in the 17th century but revived in the 19th. Bohairic (B), the Northern dialect of the capital Memphis and the Delta which today is the liturgical language of the Orthodox Coptic Church.
Transcription:
Reconstructions are inside /.../ with IPA. Old Kingdom IPA values of notable graphemes and later changes. Notice that the value is just a transcription tool:
𓇋 "j" = Initial vowel marker, in OE it signified a vowel (a, i, u) or two in a sequence (e.g. initial i-a or medial a-i). In LE 𓇋 it could be a lone vowel marker everywhere.
𓅱 "w" = Vowel marker for lone vowel (a, i, u) but also the consonant /w/. 𓇋𓅱 was just based on jf 𓇋𓆑𓄹 /uf/ "meat".
𓃀 b was /p/ (changed to /b/ in ME&LE)
𓂧 d was /t/
𓆑 f was /ᵖf/ (changed to /f/ in ME&LE)
𓎼 g was /kʲ/ (as in queue)
𓎡 k was /kʰ/
𓄿 Ꜣ was L /l/ (Ꜣ commonly changed to Ꜥ glottal stop /ʔ/ in LE).
𓊪 p was /pʰ/
𓈎 q was usually /g/ (sometimes k like in qt /kit/ "build")
𓏏 t was /tʰ/
𓍿 ṯ was /tʰʲ/
𓐍 ḫ was /x/
𓄡 ẖ was /xʲ/
𓇌 y was /j/
𓊃 z was /θ/ (changed to /s/ in ME)
𓆓 ḏ was /tʲ/
/ᵖf/ is the sound in German pflaume.

Old Egyptian to Late Egyptian

OE to LE was Stage I of the Egyptian language with the same vowels (a, i, u) which were either stressed or unstressed. By Demotic closed syllable /a/ for example had changed to /o/ which paved the way for Stage II with Demotic and Coptic with new vowels e, o and ɔ as well as long and short ones.
Loss of final t (tʰ) in most feminine words
This took time in ME because the t was resurreced whenever a suffix pronoun was added: "Sister" /'sa.natʰ/ (OE) to /'sa.na/ (ME) but /'sa.na.tʰi/ (ME) = "My sister". In LE the feminine t was lost for good in most feminine words: /'sa.na.i/ "my sister". This happens in modern Arabic: لُخة lugha "language" and لُخةتي lughati "my language".
● Sistewife snt 𓌢𓈖𓏏𓁐
/'sa.natʰ/ (OE) ⏩ /'sa.na(tʰ)/ (ME) ⏩ /'sa.na/ (LE)
● Wife/sister ḥjmt 𓈟𓏏𓁐
/'ħi.matʰ (OE) ⏩ /ħi.ma(tʰ)/ (ME) ⏩ /'ħi.ma/ (LE)
Loss of syllable-final and word-final liquids (L and R):
● "Good" nfr 𓄤 (active participle: verb, adjective and noun all in one)
= /'na.fiɾ/ (OE) ⏩ /'na.fi/ (ME&LE)
● The two lands tꜣwj 𓈃
/'tʰal.waj/ (OE) ⏩ /'tʰal.wa/ (ME) ⏩ /'tʰaʔ.wa/ (LE)
● Bull kꜣ 𓃓 (Pharaohs were identified as bulls)
/kʰal/ ⏩ /kʰal/ ⏩ /kʰaʔ/
● Pharaoh pr Ꜥꜣ 𓉐𓉼 "Great house"
= */'paɾ.ʔal/ (OE) ⏩ /'paɾ.ʔal/ (ME) ⏩ /'paɾ.ʔa/ (LE)
*The title PárꜤal "Pharaoh" didn't exist before the late Middle Kingdom but the word "Great house" evolved like that. Reconstruction of "great" 𓉼 comes from ME (p. 51) and LE (p. 36) group writing which shows the evolution from Ꜥal ⏩ Ꜥa and the vowel correspondences of Ꜥꜣ 𓉼 on p. 39.
Sound changes OE > LE
● Son zꜣ 𓅭
/θil/ (OE) ⏩ /sil/ (ME) ⏩ /si/ (LE)
● Father jt 𓇋𓏏𓆑𓀀 (viper f is a silent determinative)
/i.'a.tʰa/ (OE&ME) ⏩ /'ja.tʰa/ (LE, occasionally written yt)
● God nṯr 𓊹 (flag is an ideogram for god)
/'na.tʰʲiɾ/ (OE) ⏩ /'na.tʰʲi/ (ME) ⏩ /'na.tʰə/ (LE)
Words and names with no changes OE > LE
● Mouth/spell/speech 𓂋𓏤 (Mouth R with a stroke that tells us to read it like a picture)
/ɾa/ (changed in D to /ɾoʔ/, as in Coptic ⲣⲟ)
● Life/living Ꜥnḫ 𓋹 (a sandal strap)
/'ʔa.nax/ "Ꜥánakh" (Dialectal differences after LE)
● The Sun rꜤ 𓇳 or 𓁛 (both were the same)
/'ɾi.ʔa/ "RíꜤa" (changed in D to /ɾɛː/, as in Coptic ⲣⲏ)
● Amun jmnw "The Hidden One" 𓇋𓏠𓈖
/a.'ma.na/ "Amána" (changed in D to /a.ˈmuːn/ and B ⲁⲙⲟⲩⲛ, I'm a bit unsure with the IPA in the D reconstruction)
● Horus 𓅃
/'ħa.ɾa/ "Hára" (changed in D to /ħoːɾo/ (North) and Coptic Ϩⲱⲣ /ħoːɾ/)

More Reconstructions of Names

● Osiris (OE)
𓊨𓁹𓀭 /us.'u.ɾi/ = "Engendering principle" (ie. male power to get children), this refers to The Osiris Myth. Romanized: Usúri.
● Isis (OE)
𓊨𓏏𓁐 /'u.sitʰ/ = "female principle", (i.e female principle of motherhood.)

● Atum (OE)
𓏏𓍃𓅓𓀭 /a.'tʰu.mi/ "The finisher" (According to the myth, Atum finished the creation of the Universe)
● Pepi (both Pepi I and II)
𓊪𓊪𓇌 (𓊪𓇋𓊪𓇋) = /'pʰiapʰ.ia/ (unknown meaning). Romanized: Piápia.
● Amenhotep (all four)
𓇋𓏠𓈖𓊵𓏏𓊪 /a.'ma.na 'ħatʰ.pʰə/ "Amun is content", reduction of final /a/ in stative to /ə/ in Late Egyptian. Romanized: Amánahátpa.
● Ramses (all eleven)
𓁳𓄟𓋴𓇓 /'ɾi.ʔa.'ma.si.sa/ "The Sun is the one who birthed him". The names are spelled differently but they are pronounced the same way. Romanized: RíꜤamásisa.
● Meryamun
𓁩𓌸𓇌 /'maʔ.ja a.'ma.na/ "Whom Amun loves". Romanized: MaꜤya Amána.
● Setepenre
𓇳𓍇𓈖 /'sa.tʰipʰ.ni.'ɾi.ʔa/ "The powerful one of the Sun's order who choses for the Sun". Romanized: SátipniríꜤa.
● Merneptah
𓁰𓈘𓈖 /maɾ.nip.'tʰaħ/ = "The one whom Ptah has desired". The water sign 𓈖 N after the verb 𓈘 mr "to love" indicates the past tense. Romanized: Marniptáh.

Demotic to Coptic

Demotic was the last stage of the Egyptian language to be written in hieroglyphs and Late Period priests increased the number of hieroglyphs from ~800 (most are duplicates) to over 5000. The phonology and structure of the language changed a lot in the centuries after the New Kingdom which paved the way for Stage II:
● Memphis "The Ideal Established One" 𓏠𓄤𓉴𓊖
/min.'na.fi/ (ME&LE) ⏩ /mem.fi/ (D) ⏩ ⲙⲉⲙϥⲓ /mɛm.fi/ (B)
● Pharaoh = /'paɾ.ʔa/ (LE) ⏩ /pɾ.'ʔɔ/ (D) ⏩ ⲟⲩⲣⲟ /uɾ'.ɾɔʔ/ (B) "King"

Pyramid Text Spell 436 (~2155 BCE)

The Egyptians wrote in dialects in personal letters, papyri and even in inscriptions. For example the Pyramid Texts were written in the Northern dialect of the capital Memphis, here's Allen's Old Kingdom reconstruction of PT 436 in the Pyramid of Pepi II (p. 175-9):
mw.k n.k bꜥḥ.k n.k, rḏw pr m nṯr ḥwꜣꜣt prt m jsjr
jꜥy djwj.k wbꜣ.(j) msḏrwj.k : sꜣḫ.(j) sḫm pn n bꜣ.f jꜥ ṯw jꜥy sw kꜣ.k ḥms, kꜣ.k wnm.f t ḥnꜥ.k …
jꜣmꜣm n šrt.k ḥr sṯ ḫt-wtt n rdwj.k sq.sn ḥb.k, n jbḥw.k ꜥnwt.k ḥsbt šjw.k
ḏꜣ.k m kꜣ wr jn wꜣḏt jr sḫwt rꜥ mrrt.f ṯz ṯw pjpj pw nj mt.k!
/'ma.wikʰ nikʰ pa.'ʔaħ.ikʰ nikʰ, 'ritʲ.u 'pʰa.ɾi ma.'na.tʰʲiɾ ħaw.'la.latʰ 'pʰaɾ.atʰ ma.us.'u.ɾi
i.'ʔaj ti.'waj.ikʰ wap.'laj mas.tʲaɾ.'waj.ikʰ : su.li.'xaj si.xim.'i.pʰin ni.'pi.liᵖf
i.'ʔa.tʲu.i.ʔi.'ja.sa 'kʰu.likʰ ħim.'sa, 'kʰu.likʰ wan.'maᵖf tʰi ħi.'na.ʔakʰ …
'a.lim ni.ʃuɾ.'a.tikʰ ħir.sa.tʲaj.i.xatʰ.watʰ.'tʰa.'tʰi ni.ɾit.'waj.ikʰ sa.'ga.sun 'ħai.pikʰ, ni.ap.'ħu.wikʰ ʔin.'wa.tikʰ 'ħas.patʰ 'ʃij.wikʰ
tʲil.'akʰ ma.kʰal.'wuɾ.ɾi, an.'wal.tʲatʰ ar.sax.watʰ.'ɾi.ʔa mu.ɾu.'ɾa.tʰiᵖf. tʲiθ.'a.tʲu 'pʰiapʰ.ia pʰa na.mu.'tʰákʰ!/
You have your water, you have your inundation, the outflow that comes from the god, the decay that comes from Osiris 1 .
I wash your arms and clean out your ears : I make useful this controlling power for his ba (soul).
Wash yourself and your ka (life force) washes itself, your ka sits and eats bread with you …
It is pleasant for your nose because of the scent of the Firstborn’s Thing 2 , for your feet when they flatten your catch, for your teeth, and for your fingernails that break up depressions.
You cross as the great bull, the Wadjet nome’s pillar 3 , to the Sun’s fields that he loves. Raise yourself Pepi, you do not die!
1 The life-giving fertilization of the fields was seen as a manifestation of Osiris. (2005, p. 434)
2 Designation of the king’s crown as a goddess. (2005, p. 430)
3 Tenth nome of Upper Egypt, south of modern Asyut. (2005, p. 443)
I see now why Allen doesn't use IPA and rather uses his own system, Ancient Egyptian is so time consuming to write in IPA!
Reconstructions:
● James P. Allen, "Ancient Egyptian Phonology", 2020
● Allen 2013b — James P. Allen, “The Name of Osiris (and Isis).” Lingua Aegyptia 21 (2013), 9–14. Free view
Explanations of terms:
● James P Allen, "The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts", 2005, Second Edition. (Note: Osiris and Isis have outdated readings, refer to Allen 2013b)
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2020.10.16 19:27 Ingenious_Hotzendorf Reconstructions of Ancient Egyptian

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James P. Allen has made giant leaps in our understanding of Ancient Egyptian phonology with his book "Ancient Egyptian Phonology" (2020) and I want to share some of his insights and reconstructions here including Pyramid Text 436. I haven't digged enough into Demotic and Coptic yet so I will focus on Old Egyptian (Old Kingdom), Middle Egyptian (Middle Kingdom) and Late Egyptian (New Kingdom) here. Corrections, questions and critiques are welcome!

The Development of the Ancient Egyptian Language

All dates approximate:
Old Egyptian (OE) = 2600–2100 BCE
Middle Egyptian (ME) = 2100–1300 BCE
Late Egyptian (LE) = 1300–650 BCE
Demotic (D) = 700 BC–200 CE
Old Coptic (OC) = 400 BCE–200 CE
Coptic (C) = 200-2020 CE, displaced by Arabic in the 17th century but revived in the 19th. Bohairic (B), the Northern dialect of the capital Memphis and the Delta which today is the liturgical language of the Orthodox Coptic Church.
Transcription:
Reconstructions are inside /.../ with IPA. Old Kingdom IPA values of notable graphemes and later changes. Notice that the value is just a transcription tool:
𓇋 "j" = Initial vowel marker, in OE it signified a vowel (a, i, u) or two in a sequence (e.g. initial i-a or medial a-i). In LE 𓇋 it could be a lone vowel marker everywhere.
𓅱 "w" = Vowel marker for lone vowel (a, i, u) but also the consonant /w/. 𓇋𓅱 was just based on jf 𓇋𓆑𓄹 /uf/ "meat".
𓃀 b was /p/ (changed to /b/ in ME&LE)
𓂧 d was /t/
𓆑 f was /ᵖf/ (changed to /f/ in ME&LE)
𓎼 g was /kʲ/ (as in queue)
𓎡 k was /kʰ/
𓄿 Ꜣ was L /l/ (Ꜣ commonly changed to Ꜥ glottal stop /ʔ/ in LE).
𓊪 p was /pʰ/
𓈎 q was usually /g/ (sometimes /k/ like in qt /kit/ "build")
𓏏 t was /tʰ/
𓍿 ṯ was /tʰʲ/
𓐍 ḫ was /x/
𓄡 ẖ was /xʲ/
𓇌 y was /j/
𓊃 z was /θ/ (changed to /s/ in ME)
𓆓 ḏ was /tʲ/
/ᵖf/ is the sound in German pflaume.

Old Egyptian to Late Egyptian

OE to LE was Stage I of the Egyptian language with the same vowels (a, i, u) which were either stressed or unstressed. By Demotic closed syllable /a/ for example had changed to /o/ which paved the way for Stage II with Demotic and Coptic with new vowels e, o and ɔ as well as long and short ones.
Loss of final t (tʰ) in most feminine words
This took time in ME because the t was resurreced whenever a suffix pronoun was added: "Sister" /'sa.natʰ/ (OE) to /'sa.na/ (ME) but /'sa.na.tʰi/ (ME) = "My sister". In LE the feminine t was lost for good in most feminine words: /'sa.na.i/ "my sister". This happens in modern Arabic: لُخة lugha "language" and لُخةتي lughati "my language".
● Sistewife snt 𓌢𓈖𓏏𓁐
/'sa.natʰ/ (OE) ⏩ /'sa.na(tʰ)/ (ME) ⏩ /'sa.na/ (LE)
● Wife/sister ḥjmt 𓈟𓏏𓁐
/'ħi.matʰ (OE) ⏩ /ħi.ma(tʰ)/ (ME) ⏩ /'ħi.ma/ (LE)
Loss of syllable-final and word-final liquids (L and R):
● "Good" nfr 𓄤 (active participle: verb, adjective and noun all in one)
= /'na.fiɾ/ (OE) ⏩ /'na.fi/ (ME&LE)
● The two lands tꜣwj 𓈃
/'tʰal.waj/ (OE) ⏩ /'tʰal.wa/ (ME) ⏩ /'tʰaʔ.wa/ (LE)
● Bull kꜣ 𓃓 (Pharaohs were identified as bulls)
/kʰal/ ⏩ /kʰal/ ⏩ /kʰaʔ/
● Pharaoh pr Ꜥꜣ 𓉐𓉼 "Great house"
= */'paɾ.ʔal/ (OE) ⏩ /'paɾ.ʔal/ (ME) ⏩ /'paɾ.ʔa/ (LE)
*The title PárꜤal "Pharaoh" didn't exist before the late Middle Kingdom but the word "Great house" evolved like that. Reconstruction of "great" 𓉼 comes from ME (p. 51) and LE (p. 36) group writing which shows the evolution from Ꜥal ⏩ Ꜥa and the vowel correspondences of Ꜥꜣ 𓉼 on p. 39.
Sound changes OE > LE
● Son zꜣ 𓅭
/θil/ (OE) ⏩ /sil/ (ME) ⏩ /si/ (LE)
● Father jt 𓇋𓏏𓆑𓀀 (viper f is a silent determinative)
/i.'a.tʰa/ (OE&ME) ⏩ /'ja.tʰa/ (LE, occasionally written yt)
● God nṯr 𓊹 (flag is an ideogram for god)
/'na.tʰʲiɾ/ (OE) ⏩ /'na.tʰʲi/ (ME) ⏩ /'na.tʰə/ (LE)
Words and names with no changes OE > LE
● Mouth/spell/speech 𓂋𓏤 (Mouth R with a stroke that tells us to read it like a picture)
/ɾa/ (changed in D to /ɾoʔ/, as in Coptic ⲣⲟ)
● Life/living Ꜥnḫ 𓋹 (a sandal strap)
/'ʔa.nax/ "Ꜥánakh" (Dialectal differences after LE)
● The Sun rꜤ 𓇳 or 𓁛 (both were the same)
/'ɾi.ʔa/ "RíꜤa" (changed in D to /ɾɛː/, as in Coptic ⲣⲏ)
● Amun jmnw "The Hidden One" 𓇋𓏠𓈖
/a.'ma.na/ "Amána" (changed in D to /a.ˈmuːn/ and B ⲁⲙⲟⲩⲛ, I'm a bit unsure with the IPA in the D reconstruction)
● Horus 𓅃
/'ħa.ɾa/ "Hára" (changed in D to /ħoːɾo/ (North) and Coptic Ϩⲱⲣ /ħoːɾ/)

More Reconstructions of Names

● Osiris (OE)
𓊨𓁹𓀭 /us.'u.ɾi/ = "Engendering principle" (ie. male power to get children), this refers to The Osiris Myth. Romanized: Usúri.
● Isis (OE)
𓊨𓏏𓁐 /'u.sitʰ/ = "female principle", (i.e female principle of motherhood.)

● Atum (OE)
𓏏𓍃𓅓𓀭 /a.'tʰu.mi/ "The finisher" (According to the myth, Atum finished the creation of the Universe)
● Pepi (both Pepi I and II)
𓊪𓊪𓇌 (𓊪𓇋𓊪𓇋) = /'pʰiapʰ.ia/ (unknown meaning). Romanized: Piápia.
● Amenhotep (all four)
𓇋𓏠𓈖𓊵𓏏𓊪 /a.'ma.na 'ħatʰ.pʰə/ "Amun is content", reduction of final /a/ in stative to /ə/ in Late Egyptian. Romanized: Amánahátpa.
● Ramses (all eleven)
𓁳𓄟𓋴𓇓 /'ɾi.ʔa.'ma.si.sa/ "The Sun is the one who birthed him". The names are spelled differently but they are pronounced the same way. Romanized: RíꜤamásisa.
● Meryamun
𓁩𓌸𓇌 /'maʔ.ja a.'ma.na/ "Whom Amun loves". Romanized: MaꜤya Amána.
● Setepenre
𓇳𓍇𓈖 /'sa.tʰipʰ.ni.'ɾi.ʔa/ "The powerful one of the Sun's order who choses for the Sun". Romanized: SátipniríꜤa.
● Merneptah
𓁰𓈘𓈖 /maɾ.nip.'tʰaħ/ = "The one whom Ptah has desired". The water sign 𓈖 N after the verb 𓈘 mr "to love" indicates the past tense. Romanized: Marniptáh.

Demotic to Coptic

Demotic was the last stage of the Egyptian language to be written in hieroglyphs and Late Period priests increased the number of hieroglyphs from ~800 (most are duplicates) to over 5000. The phonology and structure of the language changed a lot in the centuries after the New Kingdom which paved the way for Stage II:
● Memphis "The Ideal Established One" 𓏠𓄤𓉴𓊖
/min.'na.fi/ (ME&LE) ⏩ /mem.fi/ (D) ⏩ ⲙⲉⲙϥⲓ /mɛm.fi/ (B)
● Pharaoh = /'paɾ.ʔa/ (LE) ⏩ /pɾ.'ʔɔ/ (D) ⏩ ⲟⲩⲣⲟ /uɾ'.ɾɔʔ/ (B) "King"

Pyramid Text Spell 436 (~2155 BCE)

The Egyptians wrote in dialects in personal letters, papyri and even in inscriptions. For example the Pyramid Texts were written in the Northern dialect of the capital Memphis, here's Allen's Old Kingdom reconstruction of PT 436 in the Pyramid of Pepi II (p. 175-9):
mw.k n.k bꜥḥ.k n.k, rḏw pr m nṯr ḥwꜣꜣt prt m jsjr
jꜥy djwj.k wbꜣ.(j) msḏrwj.k sꜣḫ.(j) sḫm pn n bꜣ.f: jꜥ ṯw jꜥy sw kꜣ.k ḥms, kꜣ.k wnm.f t ḥnꜥ.k …
jꜣmꜣm n šrt.k ḥr sṯ ḫt-wtt n rdwj.k sq.sn ḥb.k, n jbḥw.k ꜥnwt.k ḥsbt šjw.k
ḏꜣ.k m kꜣ wr jn wꜣḏt jr sḫwt rꜥ mrrt.f ṯz ṯw pjpj pw nj mt.k!
/'ma.wikʰ nikʰ pa.'ʔaħ.ikʰ nikʰ, 'ritʲ.u 'pʰa.ɾi ma.'na.tʰʲiɾ ħaw.'la.latʰ 'pʰaɾ.atʰ ma.us.'u.ɾi
i.'ʔaj ti.'waj.ikʰ wap.'laj mas.tʲaɾ.'waj.ikʰ : su.li.'xaj si.xim.'i.pʰin ni.'pi.liᵖf
i.'ʔa.tʲu.i.ʔi.'ja.sa 'kʰu.likʰ ħim.'sa, 'kʰu.likʰ wan.'maᵖf tʰi ħi.'na.ʔakʰ …
'a.lim ni.ʃuɾ.'a.tikʰ ħir.sa.tʲaj.i.xatʰ.watʰ.'tʰa.'tʰi ni.ɾit.'waj.ikʰ sa.'ga.sun 'ħai.pikʰ, ni.ap.'ħu.wikʰ ʔin.'wa.tikʰ 'ħas.patʰ 'ʃij.wikʰ
tʲil.'akʰ ma.kʰal.'wuɾ.ɾi, an.'wal.tʲatʰ ar.sax.watʰ.'ɾi.ʔa mu.ɾu.'ɾa.tʰiᵖf. tʲiθ.'a.tʲu 'pʰiapʰ.ia pʰa na.mu.'tʰákʰ!/
You have your water, you have your inundation, the outflow that comes from the god, the decay that comes from Osiris 1 .
I wash your arms and clean out your ears : I make useful this controlling power for his ba (soul).
Wash yourself and your ka (life force) washes itself, your ka sits and eats bread with you …
It is pleasant for your nose because of the scent of the Firstborn’s Thing 2 , for your feet when they flatten your catch, for your teeth, and for your fingernails that break up depressions.
You cross as the great bull, the Wadjet nome’s pillar 3 , to the Sun’s fields that he loves. Raise yourself Pepi, you do not die!
1 The life-giving fertilization of the fields was seen as a manifestation of Osiris. (2005, p. 434)
2 Designation of the king’s crown as a goddess. (2005, p. 430)
3 Tenth nome of Upper Egypt, south of modern Asyut. (2005, p. 443)
I see now why Allen doesn't use IPA and rather uses his own system, Ancient Egyptian is so time consuming to write in IPA!
Reconstructions:
● James P. Allen, "Ancient Egyptian Phonology", 2020
● Allen 2013b — James P. Allen, “The Name of Osiris (and Isis).” Lingua Aegyptia 21 (2013), 9–14. Free view
Explanations of terms:
● James P Allen, "The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts", 2005, Second Edition. (Note: Osiris and Isis have outdated readings, refer to Allen 2013b)
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2020.10.15 19:14 ObiEff The homemade Chicken Shawarma manual, a guide to making the best home made chicken shawarma of your life using just a grill or broiler. Recipe inside

Reddit law dictates pictures first, so here's how my shawarma turned out. As usual if you'd like to support me or prefer video guides, here's the link to the recipe and technique. I've also linked to all my past cooking posts in the comments below.
The sight of a Shawarma spit rotating slowly while grilling is breathtaking and majestic. The meat slowly bubbles and fries up on the exterior, while melted fat and juices trickle down the assembled shawarma cone. Then like a trained violinist, the shawarma meister shaves the exterior of the cone into thin strips of grilled meat before wrapping it in some flatbread. It is a true site to behold, and the experience of eating shawarma that was shaved seconds before is one you'll likely never forget. So what is one to do when you have no shawarma shops nearby and the craving strikes. Well the answer is to make your own but the problem with that is it's near impossible to get the correct grilled flavor and texture without a rotisserie, that is until today. I'm going to show you how to make the best homemade chicken shawarma of your life, using a technique that I developed that requires no special equipment (except some skewers) and can be done in any grill or broiler equipped oven.

What is Chicken Shawarma

Shawarma is the name given in the Middle East to a dish of layered meat which is grilled on a rotating spit, it commonly comes in two forms; Chicken or Meat (either beef, lamb or a mix of both). It's served throughout the middle east with every country putting their own unique twist on the marinades and sauces that are used. For the most part shawarma is eaten as a sandwich, but it's also sometimes served with rice, on hummus or with a salad. The popularity of shawarma and it's appeal as a quick delicious street food has lead to it spreading all over the world particularly as a late night meal.
There are a number of international variants of shawarma such as Turkish Döner (this is actually the historical origin of shawarma), Greek Gyros, and Mexican Al pastor (invented by Lebanese immigrants to Mexico), though today we will be focusing only on Levantine (specifically Syrian and Lebanese) style Chicken Shawarma sandwiches. These sandwiches are put together using the freshly shaved chicken, Toum (Thick garlic sauce, see my last post for this, link in notes), salty pickled cucumbers and Shatta (Chilli sauce, also in my last post), all wrapped together in a thin stretchy flatbread called Saj. Some people opt to add in slices of Tomato, lettuce, French fries or potato chips (crisps) for additional flavors or textures, but I feel it's unnecessary and the shawarma sandwich can shine without them. Once wrapped in the bread, the sandwich is toasted on a panini press for a minute, to crisp up the exterior of the bread and seal the sandwich shut.
The issue with cooking chicken shawarma at home is that it's really hard to get the right texture without the assistance of a rotisserie. As the rotisserie spins, the meat cooks from the outside inwards, and attains a glossy grilled char on the outer surface. Once shaved you'll end up with pieces that on one side are perfectly juicy and tender soft meat, and on the other side are crisped and lightly charred with an amazing grilled flavor. That texture is essential for correctly made chicken shawarma, and unfortunately it's really difficult to get using most home cooking methods. Although the marinade adds the majority of the flavor to the dish, it won't taste or feel right without the grilled exterior.
The simplest method to use for home cooked shawarma is to cut your marinated chicken into strips and then pan fry them. It works in a pinch and will give you chicken strips that taste similar to shawarma, but I've found that this method doesn't give you any resemblance in terms of texture and crucially the meat is missing a charred/grilled flavor. Another method that is quite simple, is to grill whole chicken thighs or breast fillets (slices about 1 cm thick) in a griddle or grill pan, then slicing it into strips before serving. This will give you a better texture and some char, and is my preferred method if I'm in a rush. However the texture is still quite different from that of genuine shawarma and the reason for that lies in the direct contact the chicken pieces will have with the pan. It will cause the meat to cook a lot quicker on the outside than it will on the inside, so you'll end up with a larger variation of doneness across a cross section of the meat.
One strange technique I've seen a lot recently, involves stacking your whole chicken pieces on some skewers, and baking it upright in the oven. Although this might look closer to a traditional shawarma cone, it's absolutely illogical, as you have to bake the whole thing until cooked through to the center. Although well intentioned, this method will basically give you over done and dry outer edges with some browning, and a well cooked center with 0 color. So what can you do to get realistic shawarma at home?
My technique is designed to grilling steak in a restaurant setting, to ensure that we get a perfectly cooked center in our meat, while still ensuring we get a crispy grilled outside. We will use the grill or broiler function to obtain a nice crust and grilled flavor. First the marinated chicken is sliced into thin strips about 1/2cm or 1/4in thick, then its suspended between two skewers. The filled skewers are placed on the edge of a baking tray or dish so that the meat is suspended in mid air and isn't touching the base. The tray is then placed under the broiler or grill in the oven to cook and is rotated every few minutes until lightly charred and cooked through. This is the best technique I have found for cooking chicken shawarma at home, and it really does mimic that of rotisserie shawarma. The direct heat from the grill or broiler allows you to develop char and crispiness, without the meat constricting and shrinking as it would in a pan.

History

The origins of Shawarma is one of many stories and timelines, and has been claimed by many nations. The name Shawarma may have come from the Turkish word çevirme, which some sources say means turning, though my google-fu has said it means translation (technically this still is a form of movement). But all indicators do point to this being an ottoman food, and that's mainly due to its importance and stature in the countries that make up the former ottoman empire. One very important clue on its ottoman origins was discovered in the background of a painting from 1616 which the food historian Priscilla Mary Işın discovered and wrote about in her book 'Bountiful Empire: A History of Ottoman Cuisine'. It dates the rotation method of cooking kebab to at least the 17th century.
Shawarma is thought to have first gone vertical through the work of Iskender Efendi in the 19th century (1867 to be exact) in the city of Bursa. He is also the inventor of the Iskender Kebab, which consists of meat shawarma placed on a bed of bread, then topped with a tomato sauce, browned butter and yoghurt. His descendants still run a restaurant in the city of Bursa to this day. Speaking of vertical shawarma, nearly all shawarma is now cooked vertically, but over the past decade there has been a resurgence in horizontally cooked shawarma. This is usually done over a coal fire pit and is honestly one of the best things I have ever eaten.
The spread of shawarma through the rest of the middle east is not clear and there aren't any credible stories of how it got transformed into a sandwich nor how it came to be combined with Toum and Shatta. However given that Toum is very much a Levantine invention and is a main component of chicken shawarma sandwiches, it's likely that it spread from either Syria or Lebanon. One clue to the Syrian origins of Chicken shawarma sandwiches also lies in the stores that sell shawarma throughout the Arab world. One of the oldest shawarma stores in Egypt is called Abo Ammar El Sory, which literally means Ammar's Father - The Syrian. There are also lots of other Syrian joints that specialize in shawarma throughout Cairo, though I'm unsure if this is just a phenomenon in Egypt.
One thing that we can say for sure is that Shawarma has spread throughout the world over recent years, and this is mostly attributed to the rise in Syrian refugees opening restaurants in the countries they now call home. London, UK is home to dozens of these, some of which put out shawarma that can rival any I've had in the Middle East. Europe has been a hotbed for Turkish Doner Kebabs for a long time, but the shawarma sandwich is now posing a new challenge to their dominance.

Flavor Profile

The chicken shawarma itself has a mild but complex spiced flavor due to the varied amounts of spices in it. You can easily pick up the flavors of Bay, cloves, cardamom and turmeric. The paprika and tomato paste add some depth to the shawarma and much needed umaminess. Adding lemon and vinegar to the marinade give it acidity but at the same time they serve to tenderize the chicken in conjunction with the yoghurt. Once cooked the flavors in the marinade mellow down slightly and you also get the grilled flavor coming through. Finally the great thing about cooking the shawarma with this method, is that you are still able to taste the chicken itself.
As a sandwich, it has quite a great and well rounded flavor. The first flavor you notice is the grilled bread, which I think is a step that gets left out too often. The freshly baked flavor you get from toasting it is essential to the shawarma experience. The next thing that cuts through is the garlic sauce, with its strong and pungent garlic flavor. You then get the flavors of the chicken mixed with the salt and sourness of the pickles. It's very much a memorable experience eating real shawarma for the first time as the flavors all blend together so well. If you add some chilli sauce as well then you will get a background heat in your sandwich that is really pleasant.

Ingredients

For the Chicken Shawarma:

Sandwich Ingredients:

Directions

Marinade directions:

  1. Butterfly or pound your chicken thighs until they are 1/2 cm or 1/4 inch thick, even thickness is crucial for a great cook. If you are using chicken breasts then butterfly them and then pound to an even thickness
  2. Crush your bay leaves using a pestle and mortar or a spice grinder (you can use some of the salt to help with this), then add to a bowl with the remaining spices
  3. Mince your garlic and mix with the Yoghurt, Tomato Paste, Lemon Juice, Olive oil, white vinegar and the spice mix. Stir until well mixed and then add your chicken in to the bowl and mix to ensure each piece is well coated in the marinade
  4. Place your chicken in the fridge for a minimum of 12 hours so the marinade can really take effect

My oven grilled/broiled chicken shawarma technique:

I highly recommend checking out my video for this as the steps are kind of hard to translate into words
  1. Slice your marinated chicken thighs into strips about 1/2 cm or 1/4 inch thick
  2. Using a skewer, pierce your chicken strips all along one side and slide them onto the skewer until the entire chicken thigh has been threaded on to the skewer
  3. With a second skewer, pierce the opposite end of the chicken, so that the chicken strips are suspended between both skewers, it will kind of resemble crochet. Push the thigh together so it's slightly compressed then repeat until you have filled all your skewers. Leave about an inch clear on both tips of the skewer.
  4. Line a deep baking sheet with foil or dish with foil, then place the skewers across the edge of the sheet. Either end of the skewer should be resting on opposing walls of the baking sheet, with the meat suspended between them, floating above the sheet not sitting in it (you may need to use a deep baking dish if your trays are shallow).
  5. Place your tray in the oven with your grill or broiler set to medium and cook for 3-5 minutes. Rotate the skewers to the second side and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Place them back in the over for 2-3 more minutes until slightly charred. Cooking times will really vary with each broiler or grill, but you should basically flip when it starts to develop a sear then flip when it happens on the other side. Your chicken should read 74c or 165f when done. If your broiler or grill only has one strength setting, try rotating it more often such as every minute.

Pan Grilled directions:

  1. Heat a grill pan or griddle and place a few chicken thighs in it, but don't overcrowd the pan
  2. Cook them on medium high heat, flipping them every 2-3 minutes until cooked through, this should only take a few minutes
  3. Remove and let cool slightly before slicing into thin strips

To make a shawarma sandwich:

  1. Place a piece of bread on your work surface and slather on a couple of tablespoons of Toum
  2. Add your chicken pieces on top, as well as some pieces of sliced cucumber pickle
  3. Add some chilli sauce to the sandwich then roll it up and seal
  4. Place your sandwiches in a grill pan of griddle, and weigh them down with something heavy. Allow them to sear for 30-60 seconds per side until grill marks form. You may find that wrapping the sandwiches in greaseproof paper before grilling helps keep them from splitting open.

Notes and tips

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2020.10.13 18:52 Noenoeshuri A new instance of inexcusable Kurdish lies and historical revionism being spread against the Assyrians. Please read and share.

So apparently yesterday, October 12th, was Indigenous Peoples day. On that same day, this article about Kurdish Christians in Syria was published. The main writer of the article is "Vice Chair Nadine Maenza of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)." This means that she is to be held to a high standard. Another article about her, an interview by the Washington Kurdish Institute, was reposted to SyriacPress, a news outlet run by the Dawronoye, the Assyrians who work with the PKK and the AANES in Gozarto. In the interview she describes how the KRG and AANES are amazing for religious minorities, but she clearly doesn't know her history.
Christianity has a long history in Kurdistan. It reached the region as early as the fifth century when the Kurdish royal dynasty of Adiabene converted from Judaism to Christianity.
The only source for all this false information is:
Mehrdad R. Izady, The Kurds: A Concise Handbook (Dep. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, 1992).
Mehrdad Izady is a half Belgian, half Kurdish ""historian"" who claims that Adiabene is a corruption of some ancient Kurdish tribal name. This is false. The name Adiabene is clearly of Syriac origin because it is spelled with a ܚ which does not exist/is not even pronounced anymore in the modern Eastern Assyrian dialects (and Adiabene corresponds to northeastern Assyria), let alone in some ancient Iranian dialect which would've developed into Kurdish. Here is Mark Gewargis' post about Mehrdad's ridiculous claim. Despite it being so clearly wrong, this dog is "highly educated" and has taught at Harvard among other things.
The rest of the article is just insane and says or implies that Kurds were already in our land in large numbers in the early middle ages and that many of them converted to Christianity back then. Yet, none of these numerous Kurdish Christians survived but all magically assimilated into our population (or rather, into "Nestorians" and "Suryani Christians"), and somehow they have a connection to a miniscule amount of Kurdish converts to Christianity from the 21st century.
Do I even need to go over how we and Armenians were the majority in many of these regions only a few centuries ago, let alone in the early middle ages, and how our culture and language were clearly dominant in the region because Erbil (Arbela), Zakho, Hakkari (Akkare), Hasankeyf (originally named Kefa in the late Roman period, evidencing that Assyrians dominated the region at the time, later named 7esno d Kefo "Stone fortress"), Mardin (Merdhe) and Amid (called Amed by the Kurds, their beloved "capital of northern Kurdistan" which contains Kurdified and Islamised Assyrians and Armenians from the genocide) are all originally Akkadian, Aramaic and/or ancient non-semitic names passed down from the Assyrian period? Or how Assyrian churches and monasteries are dated as far back as the 2nd century and are built upon ancient Assyrian pagan temples reliefs, such as in Gzira, Mardin, Amid and many other places? If that information were able to make a difference, these insane lies would not have been able to spread in academia and among the Kurdish nation which does not even have one government to brainwash it. Tell me what is worse, Turks who have actively been indoctrinated by their government, or Kurds who lie and deceive despite having free access to information and not being constrained by a single ultranationalist government that has been brainwashing it's population for an entire century?
The article has been retweeted by a supposed representative of the AANES in the US.
We can not have peace with Kurds until they actively work against such misinformation, but we all know that won't happen. The only way for Kurds to be proud of their nation is by lying that they are indigenous and have a rich history in the region, but they are too stubborn to give this up. The constant lies and deceit are not and should not be a surprise. If a Kurd can sit back while seeing his countrymen spread such horrible misinformation, with at most posting a Tweet about how sad and wrong something is and then immediately going back to celebrating Kurdish pride, he is not our friend.
In 1171, the Kurds attacked Bartella, as well as Mar Mattai Monastery. When the people of Nineveh heard this, they joined forced to fight back and succeeded. However, the monks at the monastery learned of another encroaching attack and agreed to sign a peace treaty with the Kurds to avoid more bloodshed. They paid the Kurds 30 golden dinariis with the agreement. As soon as the Kurds received the gold, they gathered a larger army of 1,500 and attacked the monastery, causing a crack in its wall. They entered and killed 15 monks, while the others escaped.[9]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartella
In 1185 the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Mor Mikhael Rabo wrote of Turkoman nomads who used to be attacked by Kurdish bandits in the mountains of Assyria and Armenia. These Kurds lived by plundering or murdering Turkomans on their way between summer and winter residence with their flocks. The Turkomans had enough and attacked the Kurds who started hiding inside the Assyrian and Armenian villages. The local community was suffering hard of the fighting. Finally the Turkomans killed 30.000 Kurds, according to Mikhael Rabo.
Indigenous to the entire region stretching from SW Iran to Malatya and beyond, huh?
Thereafter, there is no mention of the Kurdish presence until about the time of the Emirs of Gziro (Jazireh Bohtan) between 1300 and 1855; in total 37 Kurdish Emirs, according to patriarch Afrem Barsom’s book ”Makethbonuto d Turabdin” (Turabdin’s history). Some of these emirs are known for their cruelty against Assyrians; Sharaf Beg (1505-15), Mir Shamdin, The blind Mir Kor (1808) which is known as ”the barbarous Emir”. In 1831, he massacred all the Assyrians in Alqush on the Nineveh Plains, 1833 the Yezidis in Shigor (Sinjar) where he killed three thousand able-bodied men. Women, children and old people were at the time not counted to the victims because they were regarded as part of the war booty. The same year, Mir Kor massacred several villages in Turabdin; Esfes, Arbo, the monastery of Mor Malke, Zaz and Bote.
https://www.assyriatv.org/2016/07/kurdish-massacres-assyrians-history/
In 1369, another Kurdish attack on the monastery damaged many manuscripts. During the 19th century, Kurds looted the monastery numerous times.[5]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar_Mattai_Monastery
and in the 1490s all the monasteries of Ṭur ʿAbdin were laid waste by a confederation of Kurdish tribes.
https://gedsh.bethmardutho.org/Tur-Abdin
Shemʿun was tortured then killed on 6 Apr. 1740 by ʿAbdal Agha, a local Kurdish warlord, for refusing to grant a matrimonial permission for the Agha’s Syr. Orth. servant who wished to marry a close cousin, an act prohibited by the canon law of the time.
Assyrians were their Christian slaves, not brothers. When the Ottomans gave Christians more rights in the 19th century, the Kurds who ruled them were angered and started oppressing them more.
https://gedsh.bethmardutho.org/Shemun-II-Basileios
The Kurdish Agha Nedjo, had in his youth grown up among the Assyrians and they had raised him as a son. When Seyfo broke out, he attacked the Assyrian family who had taken care of him first. The lady of the house asked, "Nedjo, my son, don't you recognize us?" He replied coldly, "That was yesterday, today is another day." While the husbands, fathers and brothers were killed in Fero Caves outside Arnas, the women were forced into slave labor or were murdered.
http://www.aina.org/news/20120806194815.htm
Constant treachery. But these Kurds were just brainwashed by the Ottomans huh? No, they simply continued doing what they were good at: enslaving and murdering people for their own benefit, as they had already been doing for 900 years when the Assyrian genocide broke out.
And what about the massacres of Bedr Khan which resulted in the deaths of over 20.000 Assyrians in Hakkari, Gzira and even Tur Abdin in the 19th century? The assassionations of Mar Benyamin and David Jendo in the 20th and 21th centuries? Everything I've posted here is only a tip of the iceberg. If I had to point out every single massacre of Kurds against Assyrians and destruction of Assyrian heritage, every single betrayal, every single assassination, every single lie spread about the Assyrian nation, I'd be here all day.
The point is very clear. A supposed indigenous population does not
- spend it's entire history ethnically cleansing another indigenous population while being nomads and semi-nomads, then claim that the region was known by the name of their nation as far back as 2000 years ago
- use names from languages of other nations for nearly all of their settlements
- not have any written history until after the middle ages
Here is a quote from Ephrem Barsom, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop and Assyrian nationalist who represented us at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919/1920. This was one of his demands from the western powers:
After the removal of the Turks, the Kurds will not be allowed to take their place. "The Kurd is a barbaric Turk. The Turk is a civilized Kurd,"
It is evident that Kurds have been a violent, uncivilised, nomadic and tribal people from the beginning of their history. We can only live peacefully alongside them as long as we are their servants and allow them to erase our history, it's all profit for them. If one still wants to argue that they are an indigenous population that descends from some succesfull ancient empire, they might need to check their mental health. We can not have peace until Kurds admit this and repent. Notice the double standards: People rightfully talk shit about how evil Turkey is all the time to the point where racism against Turks is tolerated, but don't you dare to call out the Kurdish nation for what it is. Ephrem Barsom summed it up perfectly. I don't hate people for being Kurds, but lies need to be called out and the lack of history and civilisation among Kurds, particularly in the past, is used as an argument for them being non-indigenous as they love to lie, not to hate on them. Although it is hard to remember all of that when even the peaceful Kurds perpetuate this bullshit and support their nation.
And I want to add, since it is relevant to the article as well: Amin to those Kurds who genuinely converted to Christianity, amin. May all Kurds (and Arabs, and Turks and whoever else) follow them in the future.
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2020.10.11 16:53 bitterologist [Laco] Finally decided on a new watch

[Laco] Finally decided on a new watch
I have been thinking about getting a new watch for a while, something a bit more colourful that fits my small wrists (14.5 cm/5.7"). Got some great suggestions from the people here at Watches, in this thread, but ended up buying a watch that was not suggested there: the Laco Philadelphia. Seeing as it is not a very common watch, I thought I'd post some impressions here.
Laco Philadelphia on a Colareb strap
The watch is 36 mm, 44 mm lug to lug. The lugs are shaped in such a way that the watch really hugs the wrist – I suspect this model would work even for someone with smaller wrists than mine, someone who would normally go for a 34 mm. It's nice to for once have a watch that isn't on the verge of being too big for my wrists, like my 38 mm Hamilton Khaki.
The fit and finish is what is to be expected from something in this price range (~1'000€). It is heads and shoulders above both my Hamiltons when it comes to the little things, like how the crown action feels. I also really like the attention to detail when it comes to the three-part case design, with the distinct brushed bezel contrasting nicely against the mostly polished case. The sapphire crystal is ever so slightly domed and ever so slightly proud, making for a more interesting look without affecting the legibility of the dial. It has a water resistance of 5 ATM which is adequate for everyday use, but it doesn't have a screw-down crown.
The watch comes on a nice, heavy milanese mesh bracelet with a sturdy dual-deployant butterfly clasp. There are four removable links, but no micro-adjustment. Sadly, the minimal size is a tad to big for my tastes, despite Laco claiming it's good for someone with a wrist as small as 13.5 mm. Then again, I prefer to wear my watches quite tight. As seen in the photo I put the watch on a Colareb strap – I had more or less planned to do anyway, but had I known the bracelet would be too big I would have opted for the Palm Springs model, which comes on a blue leather strap and costs 170€ less.
So far the movement seems really accurate, ± a few seconds a day at most. It's an ETA 2824.2, so nothing that special – I guess it's what people would call a workhorse movement. It's a reliable and easily serviceable design, and it keeps the time about as well as could be expected. Laco offers the option to get the watch with a top-grade movement instead for an extra 130 €, something I didn't opt for but which is nice for those wanting more accuracy.
The blue sunburst dial was the main reason I got this particular model – I wanted something a bit more colourful than what I currently have in my collection. The hands and Arabic numerals are silver, making for something that looks very vintage but makes it harder to tell the time under low-light conditions. The white painted railroad style indices are legible enough in low light, but the hands aren't. I was aware of this when I chose the blue dial model, but it might be a deal-breaker to some. There are however several versions of this particular design, all of them with dials that are arguably more legible (e.g. blued hands and a cream dial). There is even a version with a super legible flieger style dial and plenty of lume.
The lack of a date function has its pros and cons. It enhances the vintage look and makes for a cleaner dial, but makes it somewhat less useful as an everyday watch. The lack of lume is probably also a con for someone wanting something to wear on an everyday basis. And it's still decidedly more of a tool watch than a dress watch, although marine chronometers probably don't have quite as much of a tool watch vibe as something like a flieger. For me it sits at a sweet spot between utilitarian and dressy, but your mileage may vary. All in all, I'm happy with the watch so far. In fact, I've already started eyeing that model with a flieger style dial.
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2020.10.10 19:12 k0ks3nw4i So, Naomi Novik's A Deadly Education is Accused of Being Problematic: a Non-White Reader's Review

I decided that Orion needed to die after the second time he saved my life.
I am a fan of Naomi Novik from the very beginning. To date, I’ve read each and every one of her published novels, including all 9 books of her Napoleonic Wars dragon series, Temeraire. So she sits alongside China Miéville and Jo Walton on my bookshelves as authors whose canon of novels I’ve read in entirety. With the notable exceptions of Tongues of Serpents and League of Dragons (book 6 and 9 of Temeraire), I generally enjoyed and was even wowed on occasion by Ms Novik’s body of work, so I was quite excited to hear her announce a new series that’s set in a magical school called the Scholomance. I am somewhat of an enthusiast of this sort of fantasy setting, and have attended many such sorcerous campuses (i.e. Roke, Hogwarts, the University Kvothe attended, Brakebills), Osthorne) in my readings.
Scholomance has a deep footprint in pop culture, and had appeared in many works from folklore to Bram Stoker’s Dracula to the World of Warcraft. In Ms Novik’s A Deadly Education, the Scholomance is a school where wizard children are sent to study the magical arts and um, to get murdered. Reading the Harry Potter books as an adult, one realises that Lucius Malfoy and the Board of Governors actually have a point regarding Dumbledore’s reckless administration of the school which unnecessarily exposes students to mortal danger and incompetent pedagogy. Ms Novik’s Scholomance makes Hogwarts look like a daycare centre for particularly squishy toddlers. The Scholomance has no headmasters or teachers around to protect the teenagers, and the whole revolving drum-shaped institution is fully automated, floating in a Lovecraftian void. Nightmarish creatures of all shapes and descriptions (called maleficaria) infiltrate it incessantly and ambush the fledgling wizards within at every opportunity: during meals, while showering, or even when they are asleep in bed. Further upping the danger level is some of its students who are actively malevolent—called maleficers—and practices dark magic. They do some of the murdering, since it’s an easy way to gain power and thus, increases one’s chance of survival. So why do wizard parents allow their kids to attend this diabolic charnel house? Well, it’s because being at the Scholomance is less deadly than not being there. As a wizard kid grows older, they start attracting maleficaria which hunger for their magical essence, and they need someplace relatively sheltered in order to grow in strength. The story follows the main character Galadriel “El” Higgin’s time there.
Before I proceed with this review, I want to address some accusations of racism that had been leveled at A Deadly Education (summarised in this Twitter thread by user asma).
I find that the charge against the most egregious offence of the book—the one which described dreadlocks as being “not a great idea” because it would be targeted by monstrous “lockleeches”—to be a legitimate complaint. It does perpetuate some troubling ideas about black hairstyles being dirty or prone for infestation. I get that in the context of A Deadly Education, ANY kind of elaborate hairstyle or even long hair is described as a bad idea in the Scholomance but it’s no excuse and it is not a good look for the book to single out locs.
I find the rest of the laundry list of complaints which followed that primary one to be less meritorious and sometimes, completely lacking in merit. I think how one perceives and reviews a book depends on how much one likes it. If you like a book, you are more likely to notice and remember its positive aspects, and forgive its faults. And if you dislike it, you are more likely to notice more faults and, in some cases, more likely to assume the author is at fault in the face of inconclusive evidence. It affects how charitable we are towards an author or a book. Let me give you some examples,
“You really think other kids get jumped a lot more?” he said abruptly, like he’d been stewing over it the whole time.
“You aren’t that bright, are you,” I said, speaking from downward-dog position. “Why do you think people want to be in enclaves in the first place?”
“That’s outside,” he said. “We’re all in here together. Everyone has the same chances—”
He turned around to look at me halfway through that sentence, at which point my upside-down stare knocked him off track and he listened to the regurgitated rubbish coming out of his own mouth.
Now, I will agree that this book does not handle racial diversity as thoroughly and thoughtfully as it could have, but I think what is not mentioned in a lot of critical reviews is how the ideas of class, wealth, and privilege is intimately tied to its world-building and plot—which I think was done quite well. It’s no accident that the most powerful and prosperous enclaves (basically magical factions) in the book are from places like New York and London.
Sure, we can wish A Deadly Education is more intersectional than it is. We can wish the book also considers race/ethnicity more deeply as well, but just because a book isn’t perfect and isn’t able to accomplish everything doesn’t mean it is bad. Personally speaking, I am not very eager to see a white American fantasy author tackle racism and am actually glad she didn’t. I believe every author, white or otherwise, have cultural blind spots, and the issues in A Deadly Education remind me of the antagonist white dragon Lien in Ms Novik’s Temeraire series, who was shunned because the Chinese considers white to be an unlucky and funereal colour. Yet, at the same time, other dragons belonging to the same draconic breed as her are revered in China, even though they are all black (also a colour which has negative connotations in Chinese culture—I should know, I’ve been told off repeatedly by my grandmother for wearing black clothes during Chinese New Year). Yes, it’s sloppy, but I think any author writing about cultures outside of their own is going to make mistakes and if I am unable to forgive them when they stumble, I’ll have to read books which only feature characters belonging to the author’s own race and I don’t want that.
I just got the book last night and read it in one sitting—so you can tell that I liked it. Longtime fans of Ms Novik will also see her abandoning her usual writing style for a less formal first person YA voice, and depending on one’s tolerance level for this style, it can be either a good thing or bad. I think Galadriel or El is a character who is easy to like, and has that combination of sarcastic taciturnity that I see in Tamsym Muir’s Gideon or Harrow, so the tone suits her well. I also really like the idea of a protagonist who is prophesised to be the Big Bad or Evil Overlord of the world, but tries very hard to avoid that fate. Ms Novik got a lot of laughs from me with how El is constantly being coaxed by the school itself to indulge in destruction and mayhem by comically misconstruing her requests,
“You’ve seen one of these before?”
“I’ve got a summoning spell that raises a dozen of them,” I said. “It was used to burn down the Library of Alexandria.”
“Why would you ask for a spell like that!”
“What I asked for was a spell to light my room, you twat, that’s what I got.” To be fair, the incarnate flame was in fact doing a magnificent job of lighting the room.
As much as I enjoyed Ms Novik’s previous books, Uprooted and Spinning Silver, I did not much care for the romance in both, which I consider to be problematic and abusive. A Deady Education is much improved in this regard with the himbo love interest, Orion Lake, who is everyone’s hero. I like how it started from El basically allowing other people to believe they are dating and not correcting them, while Orion remains seemingly oblivious about how his actions make it look. It seems that El and Orion’s relationship will be an important matter going forward in this series (given that mini cliffhanger at the end) so I am glad I enjoyed reading its development.
So what does this leave us? A Deadly Education is a good book for me. It’s not great, and it can do better when it comes to racial representation, but it is by no means the flaming, Heil-Hitlering, racist trashfire that some reviewers are making it out to be. I believe that it is entirely possible for anyone to commit acts of microaggression in their writing unwittingly (nothing in Ms Novik’s entire oeuvre or behaviour made me think she was being bigoted on purpose, unlike The Author Who Must Not Be Named), and I hope the author takes some of these criticisms into consideration for her future books. Similarly, I think it is important to point out what’s bad about a book without forgetting everything good about it either. I for one, am still looking forward to read its sequel, The Last Graduate, when it comes out.
P.S. Note that this review only reflects MY personal opinion. I do not speak for all people of colour or Chinese people. I also docked 0.5 points from my rating of this book for the dreadlocks thing.
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Rating: 3.75/5 stars

You can find this and other review I wrote at A Naga of the Nusantara.

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2020.10.10 13:44 ke_kakaolelo 18/M/USA - Palestinian university student, soon-to-be expat

Hello penpals! I'm writing this whilst drinking a cup of my beloved red tea with mint. Unfortunately over the years I've become more and more sensitive to caffeine, so I most usually drink decaf now, but it's delicious nonetheless. I'm in my last year of study as a history student, so my workload can be quite heavy at times, but I manage. As much as I enjoy what I study, I am not a fan of the top-down education model, so I am very much excited to graduate this upcoming May and go out into the world.
As the title alluded to, around this time next year I'll be leaving this country! I grew up here in the US, but at this point I just need to leave. I've quite a few options for where to go lined up already, so we'll see where life takes me.
Nature is not something I see as separate, but rather I see nature as something which we are inherently a part of, which has in turn led me to live a life very ecologically conscious. Whether this be gardening, going for a hike, walking along the beach, kayaking, or being immersed in plants, I love it all. I am quite passionate about history, social movements, political theory, anthropology, theology, sociology, jineoloji/jineology, and a slew of other things I am no doubt forgetting to mention. I adore reading as well (usually about my aforementioned passions), with my most recent books I've read being by David Graeber (he tragically died last month, but his ideas live on). Needless to say, if you like talking big ideas, discussing theory, or anything like that, I am 100% up for that.
Aside from English, I can speak conversational Arabic and Spanish (though my Spanish has atrophied from lack of use these past years). I had learned a decent bit of Hawaiian at some point (hence my username), and I still remember some, but it's not at a conversable level. On my computer, I run Linux, so if any of you are into that, we can talk about it. And though I understand computers, I don't really play video games hardly at all, at least not for the last two years or so. In my free time I'm either outside, watching various lectures I find interesting, talking with people, reading, listening to a podcast, or at times just sitting and thinking (people don't do that enough I don't think). I very much enjoy cooking as well, usually Palestinian dishes, and especially cooking for others (it's not as fun if it's just me).
For more biographical information, I'm eighteen, just about nineteen, but I am usually mistaken to be in my early twenties. This in part I'm sure has to do with that just being generally the age all my peers are, but it's not just at uni, so I assume it also has something to do with how I look and how I present myself. I don't take too much stock in age, nor do I give it much mind for those I am talking with. I do my best to focus on the person, regardless of their physicality. You could be 80 and I'm sure we could have some good conversation, so don't let anything like that stand in the way of reaching out. I'm fine with most any means of contact (aside from social media, don't really have that), so just let me know what works best for you and we'll figure it out.
There are certainly things that I've failed to mention, so if it seems we might have some decent discussions, feel free to shoot me a message. Oh yes, and if anyone happens to find this post at some point in the future, don't let the date dissuade you, as I'll probably still be around. Till then!
EDIT: I just realised it is Global Freedom for Öcalan Day. Free Öcalan and biji Kurdistan / Rojava!
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2020.10.05 12:38 Army_Bot Summary For: Weekly Question Thread (9/28/2020 to 10/4/2020)

I keep a spare uniform in my car when I go to drill. My PL recently told me to "cross load that uniform" to a junior Solider who "forgot" to bring her's. She's lives more than 250 miles from the NG Center so she couldn't be sent home to get it.
I refused and was counseled for not being a team player. I did not concur with the counseling and stated my reasons (its my "garrison" uniform that I purchased with my own money and only wore it for garrison situations when a good uniform was required).
They then threatened me with UCMJ for failure to obey a lawful order. I relented and let her use my uniform. Which was trashed by the field conditions we were in.
I tried going to supply and they won't do anything because its not an issue uniform (proper) and my PL and PS blew me off when I bitched about it.
Can my PL make me give a spare uniform to another Solider or should I have stood my ground instead of giving in?
TLDR: National Guard: Can my PL make me give/loan my spare OCP uniform (not TA-50) to another Soldier who forgot theirs?
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My recruiter says he doesn't have any contracts for the MOS I want (37F) and is trying to talk me into a 35 series, but 37F is listed as "in demand" on GoArmy.com. What are the odds that if I stick to my guns he'll magically "find" one for me?
Alternatively how often do slots open up?
Edit: met with recruiter, he is clearly full of shit (went from "EOD is a lame job go infantry" to "EOD is basically special forces man its super cool" in the span of 5 minutes despite my repeatedly asking about 37F)
Meeting with a different recruiter tomorrow.
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Prior service here. Did 8 years and honorably separated. Got my BSN was a former 91W. Where can is see my SEP code or RE codes as I want to explore re-enlisting into the Army.
Thank you in advance.
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What’s up everyone I hope this post finds you all doing well. I’m a high school senior and I ship to basic at Sill here in a few months. I’m on contract for 4 years as a 13F. I was just wondering what you guys thought I could accomplish in that time in terms of specialized schools I don’t plan to reenlist so I was just wondering what all I could potentially achieve in my years as a give duty Thanks for the time ✌🏼
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I’m looking to enlist, got a 95 ASVAB
If I take Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst (35G) with option 40 (Airborne Ranger) will I see combat? Or is it behind the scenes type work? My recruiter is adamant that it’ll be classified info and satellite imaging work, and no real action. What are the best Intel-type careers? I qualify for anything.
Also it won’t let me post in the ArmyFAQ idk why, I would’ve posted there.
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Met with a recruiter today. I was told even if I enlist in 2 weeks, I won’t ship out until March-May of next year. Sound fishy? I’m also looking into reserves
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Is it possible to take selection more than once?
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Going to MEPS soon. Obviously I've heard all the stories about people not getting their contracts looked over properly before signing. What are the literal words you say/questions you ask before signing your contract to make sure you're getting all the benefits that were promised (student loan repayment, enlistment bonus, quick ship bonus etc)?
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Trying to go Green to Gold, meet every requirement except that I had a 2.45 GPA in high school. Does anyone know if this is waiverable or not? I have a 22 ACT score so I wonder if that makes up for the .05,
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68W here. ETS this year. Start my terminal leave in about 50 days, but my 1SG won’t sign off on it until I do Table VIII, medic recertification. But my EMT is good until after I ETS. Is that a reg or is she just being a bitch?
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Can anyone verify if what my recruiter is telling me is correct for OCS application. The recruiter I am dealing with is pushing me to enlist rather than OCS, and is stating that my prior misdemeanor on my record 4 years ago will likely leave me not selected. If I was never convicted of my charges/ served time etc will this be an issue, or do you know of officers that have prior legal issues waived?
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68W AIT. I want to go to the 75, but my company may not get contracts this cycle apparently. I’m not physically fit enough at the moment anyway. I can’t sacrifice the time I have to study to go to the gym because of the way classes are set up due to COVID. The PT we do here is CrossFit style calisthenics and some running.
I figured I would finish my Bachelors in a year (I’m very close) while getting fit for RASP and then contact a recruiter. I’d like to get my EFMB during that time period as well. Does this sound like a realistic plan?
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Shipping for basic in 5 weeks and then on to OCS in Febraury. My branch of choice is aviation and have been doing some reading regarding this process. I have heard you won’t even be looked at for branching if you haven’t completed the SIFT test and flight physicals. I have spoken to my recruiter who is getting me to sit my SIFT in a couple of weeks but unsure as to whether I can get a flight physical in time. Also, I have 20/50 vision in one eye and 20/100 on the other both correctable to 20/20. I cannot get PRK or LASIK and wait 6 months to ship as I am on an age waiver so my only hope is that either the eyesight is waiverable or I am able to get LASIK inservice.
Does anyone have any insight on either of these queries?
TIA
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Talked to a recruiter today about OCS and he said contract length was 6 years? I was under the impression it is 4 years? Can someone confirm how long officer contracts are supposed to be? Thanks
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Back again with another question that’s probably dumb. How much of a PT score improvement is common after basic training/AIT? Can you start at the very bottom and get to a 270-300 on the APFT? Do some people lose strength while at basic training?
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Heading to meps again soon and i just was wondering if im gonna be DQed for this credit stuff. Back in 2016 i had a few cards charge off, the total debt between the credit cards was 7.1k. Now looking at my report, its been reported as "written off as profit/loss" and isnt in the collections section of my credit report. I have a decent credit score and pay off any current cards i have, but will that old stuff from the past stop me from joining?
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Prior service FMF Corpsman here, bored and looking into the 18D pipeline. Would I have to go through 68W school if I have already been a corpsman for 6 years and am a licensed EMT? I know I would have to go through boot camp again, but going through 68W school seems super redundant as I essentially did that back in 2014 in HM School.
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Hi good afternoon I'm a reservist SPC whose been in service for 3 years now. I got a email from a recruiter of informing me that there are active duty tours up to 3 years available in my current MOS (42A). I meet all the passing criteria, and the email details about possibly being eligible for direct assignment to a duty station of my choice. Before I even consider thinking about replying to the recruiter, I wanted to ask anyone here (preferably whose an enlisted reservist) who also got this kind of email and if they could DM me about their experience and if I could ever see this kind of offer again in the future? I often think about whether I should try an active duty tour or just go with ADOS orders at least once, and if there's benefit differences?
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For someone who is biking, swimming, running - is this good PT to pass ACFT and survive BCT? What more and what else can they do?
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Can you be charged leave for inprocessing quarantine?
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What’s airborne school like atm? Is there a PT test? Bay barracks or rooms? I’ve heard it’s shorter now apparently? Someone who was just there please clarify for a confused AIT private.
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Active duty infantry, post deployment hearing test. Failed two in a row with some real bad scores...now I have to see audiologist. they act like my scores are bad enough for separation from the army. I'm tripping out a bit, anything I should do at this point?
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I ship to BCT in exactly one week. I've already given all the documents required to my recruiter, and everything is good to go. Any last minute tips or tricks heading into reception? I'm shipping to Fort Sill. Thanks in advance!
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Army reservists:
If you deploy, do you still collect BAH if you don’t pay for housing? Someone told me you do, I am just curious.
Edit: Also, include BAS in this question.
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I want to be a ranger, but am wondering what the best option is. Should I try to get an option 40 or go into the standard infantry, and try to get in after a few years? Option 40 is just straight to the rangers essentially right? No messing around with anything else, just straight to what you need to do to join the regiment? And is it smart to do it at 18/19 years old, or should I wait till I’m older and more competent/ fit? I heard the second route is not guaranteed, which is why I am unsure. I just wanted opinions from people with experience. Thanks!
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Hello everyone this is going to be my first time posting in this thread. I am currently going through the medical waiver process for the army. I got disqualified from the Marine Corps back in 2016. I got disqualified for a retinaopothy, 2 scars one is from a gallbladder surgery (they took out my gallbladder) and the other one was from a collasped lung. All of these issues I had when I was a premature baby at 5 months. I am perfectly fine I go to PT almost every day at the station I do ju jitsu and wrestling in college. I was wondering if this will disqualify me from the army? I did all of the applicant statements and show dedication everyday when I come to Pt at the station. What do you guys think? Do you think it will get approved in your opinion?
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I'm trying to understand soldier's active TIS when they transition from reserve to active duty. What's a good rule of thumb for estimating reserve time to active duty TIS for promotion after transitioning?
Is it like this simple? Typical 1 year reserve training = 24 days (1 weekend every month) + 14 days (2 weeks of annual training) =38 days of training. Therefore 1 yr of reserve time equals 38 days of active duty time??
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insignia question Why is second lieutenant bar gold but the first lieutenant bar silver, considering the value of each item mentioned shouldn't it logically be second lieutenant silver first lieutenant gold? And to add on to that why do majors have the Golden oak leaf and then lieutenant colonels have a silver one? Is there a specific reason for this or is it just one of those things that just is.
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This question is kinda dumb, and I feel like the answer is no, but I genuinely can’t find it for myself. From what the rules for the ACFT says, you can’t wear a belt or wrist straps when deadlifting. It says you can’t use anything that is not a part of the normal PT uniform. What it does not say is that you can’t take your shoes off when you deadlift. Is this something that I can do? I can’t find anything specifically stating that I can’t.
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Is Kadena Officers' Club open to only commissioned officers? Seems like an obvious "yes" but trainees were allowed into the NCO club on Jackson so I figured it's worth an ask. TY
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Was thinking about rejoining for 15t, has anyone gone through 15t ait as an MOS-T and where are most people getting stationed right now for it?
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As a 68C is it more likely to be stationed in a CSH or a regular hospital?
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Commissioning soon in the guard as OD, wondering what the process looks like from transitioning to Active Duty? I understand it takes a while and the Call to Active program is currently only taking Aviators, so is it too far fetched to even try to switch at this point?
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Wanting to go SF, the recruiter keeps saying I should go 12d to get ahead of the game, saying that it's one of the hardest schools in the army. Does sf need to be qualified in diving?
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How is Fort Benning OSUT right now? Shipping tomorrow. Are people still stuck in 30th AG for months?
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35P AIT question According to the Army’s website- AIT comes after DLI. According to my recruiter- DLI is AIT. Who is right?
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Hey everyone, I’m a 21yr old college grad with a BA in political science, I was originally going through the ocs process but that was ended after MEPS found out I was color blind. I’m interested in doing work in the intelligence field and was looking at enlisting as a 35m but 37f psyop has also caught my eye however I’m cautious as I don’t want to potentially become a nonselect and get moved to MP. Right now I have a 95 on the ASVAB if that makes a difference. I’d appreciate any and all advice or input thanks.
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How fit should I be before considering rasp? Going to Airborne soon and I’m thinking about volunteering, but I had covid and quarantined for about a month in the middle of ait. My fitness isn’t great and I only just got my cardio back a decent level ( had 23 min two mile after covid and quarantine. Now I’m at a 16 2 mile and 42 min 5 mile) I figured I’d get my body right then attempt sfas, but the rasp option is available to me soon and I’m not sure which path to go down. I also haven’t seen my wife and 5 year old since January so rasp would keep me away even longer.
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Question: Are new soldiers of whom complete BCT do they still receive the GWTSM? (Not expeditionary for clarification)
i am trying to get information on awards as i cannot find effective dates in the regs and cannot find the right MILPR memo. Many of my newer soldiers are coming in without this award on their SRB and i just wouldnlike to make sure if it is, or is not still being provided to new Soldiers.
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Should I join? I want brutally honest feedback. (ROTC at top university)
First off I want to thank whoever is reading this for taking the time to give me their two cents.
I don’t come from a military family. I’ve grown up in an upper class house with no adversity other than alcoholic/drug addict family members. I am currently attending one of the top 10 schools in the country studying chinese, Arabic, and IR.
I want to serve my country for a few reasons (even after the debate... I guess)
1: I’ve had a mostly amazing upbringing and I feel I owe something for that. I worry that if I don’t do anything in the military I will feel like an entitled privileged kid for the rest of my life.
2: I’m from a wealthy community where few people commit themselves to lives of service in or out of the military, and because I’ve been given so much opportunity I want to do something to help make things better.
3: As far as I know, I’ve been a good leader. Captain of all my varsity teams, club leader, and I have had younger people tell me that they look up to me and that I have helped them a lot. I’ve greatly enjoyed helping people and being in a leadership role where I can influence others. (I know these aren’t good measures for leadership in an officer)
4: I believe being an officer will give me the tools to be a better person in whatever I do for the rest of my life. I think I can use my language skills and education for good in the army.
On the other hand I have a lot of resources at my university and a lot comfier career opportunities. I just worry that I owe something to my community country and that I’ll regret not doing anything when I’m older. If I were to continue on I’d want to branch MI and hopefully use my language skills there.
At this point you might be like “fuck this kid.” Yeah. I guess. I don’t really know what to say. I just want input from officers or enlisted.
If you had the opportunities that I have would you still join?
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The most valuable thing I own is my car, most of the rest of my belongings, furniture included, are kind of disposable. I'm expected to ship out for OSUT somewhat soon. Should I just start selling everything? The only other choice is to keep it in storage or at one of my siblings' homes.
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I'm going to MEPS on Wednesday for my medical and if all goes well I'll be swearing in. I have no reason to expect I won't be accepted. my recruiter has given the impression that my ship date will probably be somewhere towards the end of October or early to mid-november, so pretty soon.
 
This all happened a lot faster than I expected. I walked into the recruiter's office on Monday and took the ASVAB yesterday. I hustled on my paperwork which helped I guess. I honestly expected to have more time to get ready for OSUT. I'm making weight to meet standards, and I'm still losing weight fast from my diet and the light exercise I've been doing up until now. However I'm only right now trying to turn up the exercise now that I've realized how soon I'll be in training for real.
 
I'm starting to sprint and run and work on push-ups. I have a buddy to work with me and keep me accountable and consistent. I'm improving fast but I can feel the burn, and the struggle especially with cardio, and it worries me. Can I get in okay shape in the next three or four weeks? Any tips on doing that safely and healthily? Any tips on getting the most out of my preparation training? Thank you in advance for any help.
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How do you circulate the information to your larger family that you're enlisting? I have a huge family, like eight aunts, eight uncles, 35 first cousins, and so on . So I can't exactly just call or text each one of them individually, not that I'd be inclined to anyway. A Facebook post seems the most efficient, but kind of... stupid? My siblings and my mom already know, and my closest friends, should I just leave it at that?
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How long does a tattoo waiver usually take to get approved? I have already taken the ASVAB and gone through MEPS so the only thing left is to get my waiver approved. My recruiter sent it up on Thursday and he said it should be quick but that’s it. It’s not offensive or anything, just had to send it up since it’s on the back of my neck/upper back and sticks out of the collar of a t-shirt a tiny bit.
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I had looked through the army website trying to see if i could join and even e-mailed the email they provided but i never got a clear answer. So i have self harm scars on my forearm, upper arm and chest and legs. Would i be able to join the army or would they bar me cause of mental health issues? Or would it be foolish to try and cover it up the whole time I'm there if i can get by the recruiter?
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I told off an army recruiter. He then told me “good luck finding govt work in the future.” Is he full of shit or not?
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I am PCSing to Korea and I am scheduled for a Patriot Express flight. My ticket/confirmation has no gate or flight number. How do I know where to go once I am at the airport? I will be in Seattle airport if that helps.
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Ask the customer service? Lol
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Has anybody tried Everlance? It’s an app that tracks your miles so you get compensated for your taxes or something like that. I was wondering how that would work if you’re in the Army, since you send up the reports to your manager.
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Did they shorten the 25B AIT? I’ve been trying to reclass to some sort of IT for months. Was holding out for 35T, but there are open 25B slots now. For some reason those slots show training for 8 weeks. I was under the impression it was supposed to be 20 ish.
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Just got a call for a 6mo rotation for OIR. Dont know the full details.
Dont know if kuwait or somewhere else. Any chance we send staff to Syria? Hows Arifjan?
If either, would it be TDY? Is it still a deployment with patch and tax free zone?
I know all of these questions should be answered by my command but i have less than 12 hours to make the decision.
I was looking to leave the mil as officer life got boring sitting at staff. Would this be the same thing but in a hotter shittier environment? Or will it be rewarding?
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I know the NG offers ETP's (exemption to policy) for Prior Service from attending BCT/OSUT. Does the Army Reserve offer ETP's to BCT/OSUT as well?
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If you had to choose an MOS- 68W (medic) or 92Y (supply). Im re-enlisting and prior service business rules dictate which MOS I can choose and it's down to these 2. Any input is appreciated. Thanks!
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Does the 642nd Engineer Support Company at Fort Drum fall under the 91st MP Battalion or the 7th BEB? I'm finding some conflicting sources. Thanks!
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How long should I train, specifically cardiovascular wise, before I join and go through rasp. I’m trying to be in the best shape possible, and wondering how long that takes for the average person, and what my benchmarks should be. Strengthwise I’m not worried, I would say it’s my strong suit which is why I’m asking about cardio. Also, any ideas for programs for hiking and running? Thanks for the help!
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I’ve heard from friends that the Rakasans have quite the reputation, but never any details. Any information on what to expect out of going to 3BCT? Im a 13A currently at BOLC if that matters.
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Well I guess I’m done with trying to join ! Recruiter cant schedule around my current job (only weekdays I work are Thursday and Friday ) and scheduled a consult for Thursday the place I work is currently shut down for a week so I will already go 1 week without pay ! I can’t go two weeks just for a consult
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What is the hardest school in the army?
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I just got an email this morning saying that it’s now kosher if I wanted to use both Army TA and 1606 VA benefits for the same classes. Since I’m receiving 1606 right now, should I go ahead and apply for TA? Or wait and make sure it’s fine with the school?
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I feel really dumb asking this question, but is there a way I can see which GI bill I am enrolled in?
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What exactly is 17E/29E? Only thing I can comprehend is it's utilizing signal jamming device's......
How is the schoolhouse/curriculum/course load?
Does the ait still satisfy ALC requirement?
Thank you,
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So I'm about to go to Hunter Army Airfield in the next couple days, and I am wondering if a 15T can be part of the MEDEVAC crew (similar to 68W) as a crewchief. If so, what does it take?
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I'm leaving in a month for BOLC in Fort Huachuca. I expect to quarantine upon arrival, but what does quarantine look like? Shut into a hotel room for two weeks straight?
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How difficult is the DLAB? I don’t speak a second language, which I understand may make it more difficult. Are there any Study Guides or tips?
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I’m currently thinking of enlisting as a combat medic in the army. I’m a woman, so I’m looking for another woman’s point of view who has this MOS. My main question is what do you wish you had known when you enlisted?
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Best watch for basic training? Any advice would help! Looking for something with a pedometer, timer, alarm...
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I enlisted in the reserves I wanted 38B CA but didn’t qualify by a little I’m planning to reclass once I’m in is the process difficult to reclass in the reserves to another MOS ?
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I'm trying to enlist for active duty and my recruiter got me a temporary reservation for 35T. My MEPS physical is on Tuesday, but they're putting me in a hotel overnight on Monday, I'm assuming for COVID reasons.
Anyway, I'm curious as to when/how/if I can request airborne and air assault. Do I request/inquire about it with the counselor I'll be speaking to at MEPS after the physical or do I call my recruiter? Could it be added to my contract right then and there? Is it even a possibility for my MOS?
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What is Hawaii like for a 13F?
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I’m enlisted for a 6 year contract as a 68C how many duty stations will I have?
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If I go Officer in a African country like Liberia. Would I do OCS in the states if the army is funded by the US?
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2020.10.05 12:38 Army_Bot Summary For: Weekly Question Thread (9/28/2020 to 10/4/2020)

I keep a spare uniform in my car when I go to drill. My PL recently told me to "cross load that uniform" to a junior Solider who "forgot" to bring her's. She's lives more than 250 miles from the NG Center so she couldn't be sent home to get it.
I refused and was counseled for not being a team player. I did not concur with the counseling and stated my reasons (its my "garrison" uniform that I purchased with my own money and only wore it for garrison situations when a good uniform was required).
They then threatened me with UCMJ for failure to obey a lawful order. I relented and let her use my uniform. Which was trashed by the field conditions we were in.
I tried going to supply and they won't do anything because its not an issue uniform (proper) and my PL and PS blew me off when I bitched about it.
Can my PL make me give a spare uniform to another Solider or should I have stood my ground instead of giving in?
TLDR: National Guard: Can my PL make me give/loan my spare OCP uniform (not TA-50) to another Soldier who forgot theirs?
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My recruiter says he doesn't have any contracts for the MOS I want (37F) and is trying to talk me into a 35 series, but 37F is listed as "in demand" on GoArmy.com. What are the odds that if I stick to my guns he'll magically "find" one for me?
Alternatively how often do slots open up?
Edit: met with recruiter, he is clearly full of shit (went from "EOD is a lame job go infantry" to "EOD is basically special forces man its super cool" in the span of 5 minutes despite my repeatedly asking about 37F)
Meeting with a different recruiter tomorrow.
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Prior service here. Did 8 years and honorably separated. Got my BSN was a former 91W. Where can is see my SEP code or RE codes as I want to explore re-enlisting into the Army.
Thank you in advance.
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What’s up everyone I hope this post finds you all doing well. I’m a high school senior and I ship to basic at Sill here in a few months. I’m on contract for 4 years as a 13F. I was just wondering what you guys thought I could accomplish in that time in terms of specialized schools I don’t plan to reenlist so I was just wondering what all I could potentially achieve in my years as a give duty Thanks for the time ✌🏼
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I’m looking to enlist, got a 95 ASVAB
If I take Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst (35G) with option 40 (Airborne Ranger) will I see combat? Or is it behind the scenes type work? My recruiter is adamant that it’ll be classified info and satellite imaging work, and no real action. What are the best Intel-type careers? I qualify for anything.
Also it won’t let me post in the ArmyFAQ idk why, I would’ve posted there.
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Met with a recruiter today. I was told even if I enlist in 2 weeks, I won’t ship out until March-May of next year. Sound fishy? I’m also looking into reserves
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Is it possible to take selection more than once?
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Going to MEPS soon. Obviously I've heard all the stories about people not getting their contracts looked over properly before signing. What are the literal words you say/questions you ask before signing your contract to make sure you're getting all the benefits that were promised (student loan repayment, enlistment bonus, quick ship bonus etc)?
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Trying to go Green to Gold, meet every requirement except that I had a 2.45 GPA in high school. Does anyone know if this is waiverable or not? I have a 22 ACT score so I wonder if that makes up for the .05,
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68W here. ETS this year. Start my terminal leave in about 50 days, but my 1SG won’t sign off on it until I do Table VIII, medic recertification. But my EMT is good until after I ETS. Is that a reg or is she just being a bitch?
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Can anyone verify if what my recruiter is telling me is correct for OCS application. The recruiter I am dealing with is pushing me to enlist rather than OCS, and is stating that my prior misdemeanor on my record 4 years ago will likely leave me not selected. If I was never convicted of my charges/ served time etc will this be an issue, or do you know of officers that have prior legal issues waived?
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68W AIT. I want to go to the 75, but my company may not get contracts this cycle apparently. I’m not physically fit enough at the moment anyway. I can’t sacrifice the time I have to study to go to the gym because of the way classes are set up due to COVID. The PT we do here is CrossFit style calisthenics and some running.
I figured I would finish my Bachelors in a year (I’m very close) while getting fit for RASP and then contact a recruiter. I’d like to get my EFMB during that time period as well. Does this sound like a realistic plan?
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Shipping for basic in 5 weeks and then on to OCS in Febraury. My branch of choice is aviation and have been doing some reading regarding this process. I have heard you won’t even be looked at for branching if you haven’t completed the SIFT test and flight physicals. I have spoken to my recruiter who is getting me to sit my SIFT in a couple of weeks but unsure as to whether I can get a flight physical in time. Also, I have 20/50 vision in one eye and 20/100 on the other both correctable to 20/20. I cannot get PRK or LASIK and wait 6 months to ship as I am on an age waiver so my only hope is that either the eyesight is waiverable or I am able to get LASIK inservice.
Does anyone have any insight on either of these queries?
TIA
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Talked to a recruiter today about OCS and he said contract length was 6 years? I was under the impression it is 4 years? Can someone confirm how long officer contracts are supposed to be? Thanks
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Back again with another question that’s probably dumb. How much of a PT score improvement is common after basic training/AIT? Can you start at the very bottom and get to a 270-300 on the APFT? Do some people lose strength while at basic training?
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Heading to meps again soon and i just was wondering if im gonna be DQed for this credit stuff. Back in 2016 i had a few cards charge off, the total debt between the credit cards was 7.1k. Now looking at my report, its been reported as "written off as profit/loss" and isnt in the collections section of my credit report. I have a decent credit score and pay off any current cards i have, but will that old stuff from the past stop me from joining?
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Prior service FMF Corpsman here, bored and looking into the 18D pipeline. Would I have to go through 68W school if I have already been a corpsman for 6 years and am a licensed EMT? I know I would have to go through boot camp again, but going through 68W school seems super redundant as I essentially did that back in 2014 in HM School.
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Hi good afternoon I'm a reservist SPC whose been in service for 3 years now. I got a email from a recruiter of informing me that there are active duty tours up to 3 years available in my current MOS (42A). I meet all the passing criteria, and the email details about possibly being eligible for direct assignment to a duty station of my choice. Before I even consider thinking about replying to the recruiter, I wanted to ask anyone here (preferably whose an enlisted reservist) who also got this kind of email and if they could DM me about their experience and if I could ever see this kind of offer again in the future? I often think about whether I should try an active duty tour or just go with ADOS orders at least once, and if there's benefit differences?
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For someone who is biking, swimming, running - is this good PT to pass ACFT and survive BCT? What more and what else can they do?
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Can you be charged leave for inprocessing quarantine?
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What’s airborne school like atm? Is there a PT test? Bay barracks or rooms? I’ve heard it’s shorter now apparently? Someone who was just there please clarify for a confused AIT private.
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Active duty infantry, post deployment hearing test. Failed two in a row with some real bad scores...now I have to see audiologist. they act like my scores are bad enough for separation from the army. I'm tripping out a bit, anything I should do at this point?
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I ship to BCT in exactly one week. I've already given all the documents required to my recruiter, and everything is good to go. Any last minute tips or tricks heading into reception? I'm shipping to Fort Sill. Thanks in advance!
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Army reservists:
If you deploy, do you still collect BAH if you don’t pay for housing? Someone told me you do, I am just curious.
Edit: Also, include BAS in this question.
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I want to be a ranger, but am wondering what the best option is. Should I try to get an option 40 or go into the standard infantry, and try to get in after a few years? Option 40 is just straight to the rangers essentially right? No messing around with anything else, just straight to what you need to do to join the regiment? And is it smart to do it at 18/19 years old, or should I wait till I’m older and more competent/ fit? I heard the second route is not guaranteed, which is why I am unsure. I just wanted opinions from people with experience. Thanks!
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Hello everyone this is going to be my first time posting in this thread. I am currently going through the medical waiver process for the army. I got disqualified from the Marine Corps back in 2016. I got disqualified for a retinaopothy, 2 scars one is from a gallbladder surgery (they took out my gallbladder) and the other one was from a collasped lung. All of these issues I had when I was a premature baby at 5 months. I am perfectly fine I go to PT almost every day at the station I do ju jitsu and wrestling in college. I was wondering if this will disqualify me from the army? I did all of the applicant statements and show dedication everyday when I come to Pt at the station. What do you guys think? Do you think it will get approved in your opinion?
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I'm trying to understand soldier's active TIS when they transition from reserve to active duty. What's a good rule of thumb for estimating reserve time to active duty TIS for promotion after transitioning?
Is it like this simple? Typical 1 year reserve training = 24 days (1 weekend every month) + 14 days (2 weeks of annual training) =38 days of training. Therefore 1 yr of reserve time equals 38 days of active duty time??
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insignia question Why is second lieutenant bar gold but the first lieutenant bar silver, considering the value of each item mentioned shouldn't it logically be second lieutenant silver first lieutenant gold? And to add on to that why do majors have the Golden oak leaf and then lieutenant colonels have a silver one? Is there a specific reason for this or is it just one of those things that just is.
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This question is kinda dumb, and I feel like the answer is no, but I genuinely can’t find it for myself. From what the rules for the ACFT says, you can’t wear a belt or wrist straps when deadlifting. It says you can’t use anything that is not a part of the normal PT uniform. What it does not say is that you can’t take your shoes off when you deadlift. Is this something that I can do? I can’t find anything specifically stating that I can’t.
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Is Kadena Officers' Club open to only commissioned officers? Seems like an obvious "yes" but trainees were allowed into the NCO club on Jackson so I figured it's worth an ask. TY
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Was thinking about rejoining for 15t, has anyone gone through 15t ait as an MOS-T and where are most people getting stationed right now for it?
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As a 68C is it more likely to be stationed in a CSH or a regular hospital?
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Commissioning soon in the guard as OD, wondering what the process looks like from transitioning to Active Duty? I understand it takes a while and the Call to Active program is currently only taking Aviators, so is it too far fetched to even try to switch at this point?
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Wanting to go SF, the recruiter keeps saying I should go 12d to get ahead of the game, saying that it's one of the hardest schools in the army. Does sf need to be qualified in diving?
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How is Fort Benning OSUT right now? Shipping tomorrow. Are people still stuck in 30th AG for months?
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35P AIT question According to the Army’s website- AIT comes after DLI. According to my recruiter- DLI is AIT. Who is right?
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Hey everyone, I’m a 21yr old college grad with a BA in political science, I was originally going through the ocs process but that was ended after MEPS found out I was color blind. I’m interested in doing work in the intelligence field and was looking at enlisting as a 35m but 37f psyop has also caught my eye however I’m cautious as I don’t want to potentially become a nonselect and get moved to MP. Right now I have a 95 on the ASVAB if that makes a difference. I’d appreciate any and all advice or input thanks.
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How fit should I be before considering rasp? Going to Airborne soon and I’m thinking about volunteering, but I had covid and quarantined for about a month in the middle of ait. My fitness isn’t great and I only just got my cardio back a decent level ( had 23 min two mile after covid and quarantine. Now I’m at a 16 2 mile and 42 min 5 mile) I figured I’d get my body right then attempt sfas, but the rasp option is available to me soon and I’m not sure which path to go down. I also haven’t seen my wife and 5 year old since January so rasp would keep me away even longer.
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Question: Are new soldiers of whom complete BCT do they still receive the GWTSM? (Not expeditionary for clarification)
i am trying to get information on awards as i cannot find effective dates in the regs and cannot find the right MILPR memo. Many of my newer soldiers are coming in without this award on their SRB and i just wouldnlike to make sure if it is, or is not still being provided to new Soldiers.
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Should I join? I want brutally honest feedback. (ROTC at top university)
First off I want to thank whoever is reading this for taking the time to give me their two cents.
I don’t come from a military family. I’ve grown up in an upper class house with no adversity other than alcoholic/drug addict family members. I am currently attending one of the top 10 schools in the country studying chinese, Arabic, and IR.
I want to serve my country for a few reasons (even after the debate... I guess)
1: I’ve had a mostly amazing upbringing and I feel I owe something for that. I worry that if I don’t do anything in the military I will feel like an entitled privileged kid for the rest of my life.
2: I’m from a wealthy community where few people commit themselves to lives of service in or out of the military, and because I’ve been given so much opportunity I want to do something to help make things better.
3: As far as I know, I’ve been a good leader. Captain of all my varsity teams, club leader, and I have had younger people tell me that they look up to me and that I have helped them a lot. I’ve greatly enjoyed helping people and being in a leadership role where I can influence others. (I know these aren’t good measures for leadership in an officer)
4: I believe being an officer will give me the tools to be a better person in whatever I do for the rest of my life. I think I can use my language skills and education for good in the army.
On the other hand I have a lot of resources at my university and a lot comfier career opportunities. I just worry that I owe something to my community country and that I’ll regret not doing anything when I’m older. If I were to continue on I’d want to branch MI and hopefully use my language skills there.
At this point you might be like “fuck this kid.” Yeah. I guess. I don’t really know what to say. I just want input from officers or enlisted.
If you had the opportunities that I have would you still join?
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The most valuable thing I own is my car, most of the rest of my belongings, furniture included, are kind of disposable. I'm expected to ship out for OSUT somewhat soon. Should I just start selling everything? The only other choice is to keep it in storage or at one of my siblings' homes.
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I'm going to MEPS on Wednesday for my medical and if all goes well I'll be swearing in. I have no reason to expect I won't be accepted. my recruiter has given the impression that my ship date will probably be somewhere towards the end of October or early to mid-november, so pretty soon.
 
This all happened a lot faster than I expected. I walked into the recruiter's office on Monday and took the ASVAB yesterday. I hustled on my paperwork which helped I guess. I honestly expected to have more time to get ready for OSUT. I'm making weight to meet standards, and I'm still losing weight fast from my diet and the light exercise I've been doing up until now. However I'm only right now trying to turn up the exercise now that I've realized how soon I'll be in training for real.
 
I'm starting to sprint and run and work on push-ups. I have a buddy to work with me and keep me accountable and consistent. I'm improving fast but I can feel the burn, and the struggle especially with cardio, and it worries me. Can I get in okay shape in the next three or four weeks? Any tips on doing that safely and healthily? Any tips on getting the most out of my preparation training? Thank you in advance for any help.
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How do you circulate the information to your larger family that you're enlisting? I have a huge family, like eight aunts, eight uncles, 35 first cousins, and so on . So I can't exactly just call or text each one of them individually, not that I'd be inclined to anyway. A Facebook post seems the most efficient, but kind of... stupid? My siblings and my mom already know, and my closest friends, should I just leave it at that?
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How long does a tattoo waiver usually take to get approved? I have already taken the ASVAB and gone through MEPS so the only thing left is to get my waiver approved. My recruiter sent it up on Thursday and he said it should be quick but that’s it. It’s not offensive or anything, just had to send it up since it’s on the back of my neck/upper back and sticks out of the collar of a t-shirt a tiny bit.
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I had looked through the army website trying to see if i could join and even e-mailed the email they provided but i never got a clear answer. So i have self harm scars on my forearm, upper arm and chest and legs. Would i be able to join the army or would they bar me cause of mental health issues? Or would it be foolish to try and cover it up the whole time I'm there if i can get by the recruiter?
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I told off an army recruiter. He then told me “good luck finding govt work in the future.” Is he full of shit or not?
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I am PCSing to Korea and I am scheduled for a Patriot Express flight. My ticket/confirmation has no gate or flight number. How do I know where to go once I am at the airport? I will be in Seattle airport if that helps.
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Ask the customer service? Lol
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Has anybody tried Everlance? It’s an app that tracks your miles so you get compensated for your taxes or something like that. I was wondering how that would work if you’re in the Army, since you send up the reports to your manager.
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Did they shorten the 25B AIT? I’ve been trying to reclass to some sort of IT for months. Was holding out for 35T, but there are open 25B slots now. For some reason those slots show training for 8 weeks. I was under the impression it was supposed to be 20 ish.
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Just got a call for a 6mo rotation for OIR. Dont know the full details.
Dont know if kuwait or somewhere else. Any chance we send staff to Syria? Hows Arifjan?
If either, would it be TDY? Is it still a deployment with patch and tax free zone?
I know all of these questions should be answered by my command but i have less than 12 hours to make the decision.
I was looking to leave the mil as officer life got boring sitting at staff. Would this be the same thing but in a hotter shittier environment? Or will it be rewarding?
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I know the NG offers ETP's (exemption to policy) for Prior Service from attending BCT/OSUT. Does the Army Reserve offer ETP's to BCT/OSUT as well?
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If you had to choose an MOS- 68W (medic) or 92Y (supply). Im re-enlisting and prior service business rules dictate which MOS I can choose and it's down to these 2. Any input is appreciated. Thanks!
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Does the 642nd Engineer Support Company at Fort Drum fall under the 91st MP Battalion or the 7th BEB? I'm finding some conflicting sources. Thanks!
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How long should I train, specifically cardiovascular wise, before I join and go through rasp. I’m trying to be in the best shape possible, and wondering how long that takes for the average person, and what my benchmarks should be. Strengthwise I’m not worried, I would say it’s my strong suit which is why I’m asking about cardio. Also, any ideas for programs for hiking and running? Thanks for the help!
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I’ve heard from friends that the Rakasans have quite the reputation, but never any details. Any information on what to expect out of going to 3BCT? Im a 13A currently at BOLC if that matters.
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Well I guess I’m done with trying to join ! Recruiter cant schedule around my current job (only weekdays I work are Thursday and Friday ) and scheduled a consult for Thursday the place I work is currently shut down for a week so I will already go 1 week without pay ! I can’t go two weeks just for a consult
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What is the hardest school in the army?
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I just got an email this morning saying that it’s now kosher if I wanted to use both Army TA and 1606 VA benefits for the same classes. Since I’m receiving 1606 right now, should I go ahead and apply for TA? Or wait and make sure it’s fine with the school?
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I feel really dumb asking this question, but is there a way I can see which GI bill I am enrolled in?
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What exactly is 17E/29E? Only thing I can comprehend is it's utilizing signal jamming device's......
How is the schoolhouse/curriculum/course load?
Does the ait still satisfy ALC requirement?
Thank you,
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So I'm about to go to Hunter Army Airfield in the next couple days, and I am wondering if a 15T can be part of the MEDEVAC crew (similar to 68W) as a crewchief. If so, what does it take?
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I'm leaving in a month for BOLC in Fort Huachuca. I expect to quarantine upon arrival, but what does quarantine look like? Shut into a hotel room for two weeks straight?
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How difficult is the DLAB? I don’t speak a second language, which I understand may make it more difficult. Are there any Study Guides or tips?
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I’m currently thinking of enlisting as a combat medic in the army. I’m a woman, so I’m looking for another woman’s point of view who has this MOS. My main question is what do you wish you had known when you enlisted?
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Best watch for basic training? Any advice would help! Looking for something with a pedometer, timer, alarm...
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I enlisted in the reserves I wanted 38B CA but didn’t qualify by a little I’m planning to reclass once I’m in is the process difficult to reclass in the reserves to another MOS ?
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I'm trying to enlist for active duty and my recruiter got me a temporary reservation for 35T. My MEPS physical is on Tuesday, but they're putting me in a hotel overnight on Monday, I'm assuming for COVID reasons.
Anyway, I'm curious as to when/how/if I can request airborne and air assault. Do I request/inquire about it with the counselor I'll be speaking to at MEPS after the physical or do I call my recruiter? Could it be added to my contract right then and there? Is it even a possibility for my MOS?
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What is Hawaii like for a 13F?
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I’m enlisted for a 6 year contract as a 68C how many duty stations will I have?
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If I go Officer in a African country like Liberia. Would I do OCS in the states if the army is funded by the US?
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2020.10.04 20:47 propertrouble social cheat sheet

“TECHNIQUE #1
THE FLOODING SMILE
Don't flash an immediate smile when you greet someone, as though anyone who walked into your line of sight would be the beneficiary. Instead, look at the other person's face for a second. Pause. Soak in their persona. Then let a big, warm, responsive smile flood over your face and overflow into your eyes. It will engulf the recipient like a warm wave. The split-second delay convinces people your flooding smile is genuine and only for them.”
“TECHNIQUE #2
STICKY EYES
Pretend your eyes are glued to your conversation partner's with sticky warm taffy. Don't break eye contact even after he or she has finished speaking. When you must look away, do it ever so slowly, reluctantly, stretching the gooey taffy until the tiny string finally breaks.”
“TECHNIQUE #3
EPOXY EYES
This brazen technique packs a powerful punch. Watch your target person even when someone else is talking. No matter who is speaking, keep looking at the man or woman you want to impact.”
“TECHNIQUE #4
HANG BY YOUR TEETH
Visualize a circus iron-jaw bit hanging from the frame of every door you walk through. Take a bite and, with it firmly between your teeth, let it swoop you to the peak of the big top. When you hang by your teeth, every muscle is stretched into perfect posture position.”
“TECHNIQUE #5
THE BIG-BABY PIVOT
Give everyone you meet The Big-Baby Pivot. The instant the two of you are introduced, reward your new acquaintance. Give the warm smile, the total-body turn, and the undivided attention you would give a tiny tyke who crawled up to your feet, turned a precious face up to yours, and beamed a big toothless grin. Pivoting 100 percent toward the new person shouts "I think you are very, very special."
“TECHNIQUE #6
HELLO OLD FRIEND
When meeting someone, imagine he or she is an old friend (an old customer, an old beloved, or someone else you had great affection for). How sad, the vicissitudes of life tore you two asunder. But, holy mackerel, now the party (the meeting, the convention) has reunited you with your long-lost old friend!
The joyful experience starts a remarkable chain reaction in your body from the subconscious softening of your eyebrows to the positioning of your toes—and everything between.”
“TECHNIQUE #7
LIMIT THE FIDGET
Whenever your conversation really counts, let your nose itch, your ear tingle, or your foot prickle. Do not fidget, twitch, wiggle, squirm, or scratch. And above all, keep your paws away from your puss. Hand motions near your face and all fidgeting can give your listener the gut feeling you're fibbing.”
“TECHNIQUE #8
HANS'S HORSE SENSE
Make it a habit to get on a dual track while talking. Express yourself, but keep a keen eye on how your listener is reacting to what you're saying. Then plan your moves accordingly.
If a horse can do it, so can a human. People will say you pick up on everything. You never miss a trick. You've got horse sense.
“TECHNIQUE #9
WATCH THE SCENE BEFORE YOU MAKE THE SCENE
Rehearse being the Super Somebody you want to be ahead of time. SEE yourself walking around with Hang by Your Teeth posture, shaking hands, smiling the Flooding Smile, and making Sticky Eyes. HEAR yourself chatting comfortably with everyone. FEEL the pleasure of knowing you are in peak form and everyone is gravitating toward you. VISUALIZE yourself a Super Somebody. Then it all happens automatically.”
“TECHNIQUE #10
MAKE A MOOD MATCH
Before opening your mouth, take a "voice sample" of your listener to detect his or her state of mind. Take a "psychic photograph" of the expression to see if your listener looks buoyant, bored, or blitzed. If you ever want to bring people around to your thoughts, you must match their mood and voice tone, if only for a moment.

“TECHNIQUE #11
PROSAIC WITH PASSION”
“Worried about your first words? Fear not, because 80 percent of your listener's impression has nothing to do with your words anyway. Almost anything you say at first is fine. No matter how prosaic the text, an empathetic mood, a positive demeanor, and passionate delivery make you sound exciting.”
“TECHNIQUE #12
ALWAYS WEAR A WHATZIT”
“Whenever you go to a gathering, wear or carry something unusual to give people who find you the delightful stranger across the crowded room an excuse to approach. "Excuse me, I couldn't help but notice your . . . what IS that?”
“TECHNIQUE #13
WHOOZAT
Whoozat is the most effective, least used (by non-politicians) meeting-people device ever contrived. Simply ask the party giver to make the introduction, or pump for a few facts that you can immediately turn into icebreakers.
Now the third in our litt”
“TECHNIQUE #14
EAVESDROP IN”
“No Whatzit? No host for Whoozat? No problem! Just sidle up behind the swarm of folks you want to infiltrate and open your ears. Wait for any flimsy excuse and jump in with "Excuse me, I couldn't help but overhear. . . ."
Will they be taken aback? Momentarily.
Will they get over it? Momentarily.
Will you be in the conversation? Absolutely!”
“TECHNIQUE #15
NEVER THE NAKED CITY
Whenever someone asks you the inevitable, "And where are you from?" never, ever, unfairly challenge their powers of imagination with a one-word answer.
Learn some engaging facts about your hometown that conversational partners can comment on. Then, when they say something clever in response to your bait, they think you're a great conversationalist.”
“TECHNIQUE #16
NEVER THE NAKED JOB
When asked the inevitable "And what do you do," you may think "I'm an economist/an educatoan engineer" is giving enough information to engender good conversation. However, to one who is not an economist, educator, or an engineer, you might as well be saying "I'm a paleontologist/psychoanalyst/pornographer."
Flesh it out. Throw out some delicious facts about your job for new acquaintances to munch on. Otherwise, they'll soon excuse themselves, preferring the snacks back at the cheese tray.

“TECHNIQUE #17
NEVER THE NAKED INTRODUCTION
When introducing people, don't throw out an unbaited hook and stand there grinning like a big clam, leaving the newlymets to flutter their fins and fish for a topic. Bait the conversational hook to get them in the swim of things. Then you're free to stay or float on to the next networking opportunity.”
“TECHNIQUE #18
BE A WORD DETECTIVE
Like a good gumshoe, listen to your conversation partner's every word for clues to his or her preferred topic. The evidence is bound to slip out. Then spring on that subject like a sleuth on to a slip of the tongue. Like Sherlock Holmes, you have the clue to the subject that's hot for the other person.”
“TECHNIQUE #19
THE SWIVELING SPOTLIGHT
When you meet someone, imagine a giant revolving spotlight between you. When you're talking, the spotlight is on you. When the new person is speaking, it's shining on him or her. If you shine it brightly enough, the stranger will be blinded to the fact that you have hardly said a word about yourself. The longer you keep it shining away from you, the more interesting he or she finds you.

“TECHNIQUE #20
PARROTING
Never be left speechless again. Like a parrot, simply repeat the last few words your conversation partner says. That puts the ball right back in his or her court, and then all you need to do is listen.”
“TECHNIQUE #21
ENCORE!
The sweetest sound a performer can hear welling up out of the applause is "Encore! Encore! Let's hear it again!" The sweetest sound your conversation partner can hear from your lips when you're talking with a group of people is "Tell them about the time you . . ."
Whenever you're at a meeting or party with someone important to you, think of some stories he or she told you. Choose an appropriate one from their repertoire that the crowd will enjoy. Then shine the spotlight by requesting a repeat performance.”
“TECHNIQUE #22
AC-CEN-TU-ATE THE POS-I-TIVE
When first meeting someone, lock your closet door and save your skeletons for later. You and your new good friend can invite the skeletons out, have a good laugh, and dance over their bones later in the relationship. But now's the time, as the old song says, to "ac-cen-tu-ate the pos-i-tive and elim-i-nate the neg-a-tive.”
“TECHNIQUE #23
THE LATEST NEWS . . . DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT
The last move to make before leaving for the party—even after you've given yourself final approval in the mirror—is to turn on the radio news or scan your newspaper. Anything that happened today is good material. Knowing the big-deal news of the moment is also a defensive move that rescues you from putting your foot in your mouth by asking what everybody's talking about. Foot-in-mouth is not very tasty in public, especially when it's surrounded by egg-on-face.”
TECHNIQUE #24
“WHAT DO YOU DO—NOT!
A sure sign you're a Somebody is the conspicuous absence of the question, "What do you do?" (You determine this, of course, but not with those four dirty words that label you as either a ruthless networker, a social climber, a gold-digging husband or wife hunter, or someone who's never strolled along Easy Street.)”
“TECHNIQUE #25
THE NUTSHELL RÉSUMÉ
Just as job-seeking top managers roll a different written rèsumè off their printers for each position they're applying for, let a different true story about your professional life roll off your tongue for each listener. Before responding to "What do you do?" ask yourself, "What possible interest could this person have in my answer? Could he refer business to me? Buy from me? Hire me? Marry my sister? Become my buddy?"
”“Wherever you go, pack a nutshell about your own life to work into your communications bag of tricks.”
“TECHNIQUE #26
YOUR PERSONAL THESAURUS
Look up some common words you use every day in the thesaurus. Then, like slipping your feet into a new pair of shoes, slip your tongue into a few new words to see how they fit. If you like them, start making permanent replacements.
Remember, only fifty words makes the difference between a rich, creative vocabulary and an average, middle-of-the-road one. Substitute a word a day for two months and you'll be in the verbally elite.

“TECHNIQUE #27
KILL THE QUICK "ME, TOO!"
Whenever you have something in common with someone, the longer you wait to reveal it, the more moved (and impressed) he or she will be. You emerge as a confident big cat, not a lonely little stray, hungry for quick connection with a stranger.
P.S.: Don't wait too long to reveal your shared interest or it will seem like you're being tricky.

“TECHNIQUE #28
COMM-YOU-NICATION
Start every appropriate sentence with you. It immediately grabs your listener's attention. It gets a more positive response because it pushes the pride button and saves them having to translate it into "me" terms.
When you sprinkle you as liberally as salt and pepper throughout your conversation, your listeners find it an irresistible spice.

“TECHNIQUE #29
THE EXCLUSIVE SMILE
If you flash everybody the same smile, like a Confederate dollar, it loses value. When meeting groups of people, grace each with a distinct smile. Let your smiles grow out of the beauty big players find in each new face.
If one person in a group is more important to you than the others, reserve an especially big, flooding smile just for him or her.”
“TECHNIQUE #30
DON'T TOUCH A CLICHè WITH A TEN-FOOT POLE
Be on guard. Don't use any clichès when chatting with big winners. Don't even touch one with a ten-foot pole. Never? Not even when hell freezes over? Not unless you want to sound dumb as a doorknob.
Instead of coughing up a clichè, roll your own clever phrases by using the next technique.”
“TECHNIQUE #31
USE JAWSMITH'S JIVE
Whether you're standing behind a podium facing thousands or behind the barbecue grill facing your family, you'll move, amuse, and motivate with the same skills.
Read speakers' books to cull quotations, pull pearls of wisdom, and get gems to tickle their funny bones. Find a few bon mots to let casually slide off your tongue on chosen occasions. If you want to be notable, dream up a crazy quotable.
Make 'em rhyme, make 'em clever, or make 'em funny. Above all, make 'em relevant.

“TECHNIQUE #32
CALL A SPADE A SPADE
Don't hide behind euphemisms. Call a spade a spade. That doesn't mean big cats use tasteless four-letter words when perfectly decent five- and six-letter ones exist. They've simply learned the King's English, and they speak it.
Here's another way to tell the big players from the little ones just by listening to a few minutes of their conversation.

“TECHNIQUE #33
TRASH THE TEASING
A dead giveaway of a little cat is his or her proclivity to tease. An innocent joke at someone else's expense may get you a cheap laugh. Nevertheless, the big cats will have the last one. Because you'll bang your head against the glass ceiling they construct to keep little cats from stepping on their paws.
Never, ever, make a joke at anyone else's expense. You'll wind up paying for it, dearly.

“TECHNIQUE #34
IT'S THE RECEIVER'S BALL
“A football player wouldn't last two beats of the time clock if he made blind passes. A pro throws the ball with the receiver always in mind.
Before throwing out any news, keep your receiver in mind. Then deliver it with a smile, a sigh, or a sob. Not according to how you feel about the news, but how the receiver will take it.”
“TECHNIQUE #35
THE BROKEN RECORD”
“Whenever someone persists in questioning you on an unwelcome subject, simply repeat your original response. Use precisely the same words in precisely the same tone of voice. Hearing it again usually quiets them down. If your rude interrogator hangs on like a leech, your next repetition never fails to flick them off.”
“TECHNIQUE #36
BIG SHOTS DON'T SLOBBER
People who are VIPs in their own right don't slobber over celebrities. When you are chatting with one, don't compliment her work, simply say how much pleasure or insight it's given you. If you do single out any one of the star's accomplishments, make sure it's a recent one, not a memory that's getting yellow in her scrapbook.
If the queen bee has a drone sitting with her, find a way to involve him in the conversation.”
“TECHNIQUE #37
NEVER THE NAKED THANK YOU
Never let the phrase "thank you" stand alone. From A to Z, always follow it with for: from "Thank you for asking" to "Thank you for zipping me up.”
“TECHNIQUE #38
SCRAMBLE THERAPY
Once a month, scramble your life. Do something you'd never dream of doing. Participate in a sport, go to an exhibition, hear a lecture on something totally out of your experience. You get 80 percent of the right lingo and insider questions from just one exposure.”
“TECHNIQUE #39
LEARN A LITTLE JOBBLEDYGOOK
Big winners speak Jobbledygook as a second language. What is Jobbledygook? It's the language of other professions.
Why speak it? It makes you sound like an insider.
How do you learn it? You'll find no Jobbledygook cassettes in the language section of your bookstore, but the lingo is easy to pick up. Simply ask a friend who speaks the lingo of the crowd you'll be with to teach you a few opening questions. The words are few and the rewards are manifold.

“TECHNIQUE #40
BARING THEIR HOT BUTTON
Before jumping blindly into a bevy of bookbinders or a drove of dentists, find out what the hot issues are in their fields. Every industry has burning concerns the outside world knows little about. Ask your informant to bare the industry buzz. Then, to heat the conversation up, push those buttons.”
“TECHNIQUE #41
READ THEIR RAGS
Is your next big client a golfer, runner, swimmer, surfer, or skier? Are you attending a social function filled with accountants or Zen Buddhists—or anything in between? There are untold thousands of monthly magazines serving every imaginable interest. You can dish up more information than you'll ever need to sound like an insider with anyone just by reading the rags that serve their racket. (Have you read your latest copy of Zoonooz yet?)”
“TECHNIQUE #42
CLEAR "CUSTOMS"
“Before putting one toe on foreign soil, get a book on dos and taboos around the world. Before you shake hands, give a gift, make gestures, or even compliment anyone's possessions, check it out. Your gaffe could gum up your entire gig.

“TECHNIQUE #43
BLUFFING FOR BARGAINS
The haggling skills used in ancient Arab markets are alive and well in contemporary America for big-ticket items. Your price is much lower when you know how to deal.
Before every big purchase, find several vendors—a few to learn from and one to buy from. Armed with a few words of industryese, you're ready to head for the store where you're going to buy.

“TECHNIQUE #44
BE A COPYCLASS
Watch people. Look at the way they move. Small movements? Big movements? Fast? Slow? Jerky? Fluid? Old? Young? Classy? Trashy?
Pretend the person you are talking to is your dance instructor. Is he a jazzy mover? Is she a balletic mover? Watch his or her body, then imitate the style of movement. That makes your conversation partner subliminally real comfy with you.”
“TECHNIQUE #45
ECHOING
Echoing is a simple linguistic technique that packs a powerful wallop. Listen to the speaker's arbitrary choice of nouns, verbs, prepositions, adjectives—and echo them back. Hearing their words come out of your mouth creates subliminal rapport. It makes them feel you share their values, their attitudes, their interests, their experiences.”
“TECHNIQUE #46
POTENT IMAGING
Does your customer have a garden? Talk about "sowing the seeds for success." Does your boss own a boat? Tell him or her about a concept that will "hold water" or "stay afloat." Maybe he is a private pilot? Talk about a concept really "taking off." She plays tennis? Tell her it really hits the "sweet spot."
Evoke your listener's interests or lifestyle and weave images around it. To give your points more power and punch, use analogies from your listener's world, not your own. Potent Imaging also tells your listeners you think like them and hints you share their interests.”
“TECHNIQUE #47
EMPLOY EMPATHIZERS
Don't be an unconscious ummer. Vocalize complete sentences to show your understanding. Dust your dialogue with phrases like "I see what you mean." Sprinkle it with sentimental sparklers like "That's a lovely thing to say." Your empathy impresses your listeners and encourages them to continue.”
“TECHNIQUE #48
ANATOMICALLY CORRECT EMPATHIZERS
What part of their anatomy are your associates talking through? Their eyes? Their ears? Their gut?
For visual people, use visual empathizers to make them think you see the world the way they do. For auditory folks, use auditory empathizers to make them think you hear them loud and clear. For kinesthetic types, use kinesthetic empathizers to make them think you feel the same way they do.”
“TECHNIQUE #49
THE PREMATURE WE

“Create the sensation of intimacy with someone even if you've met just moments before. Scramble the signals in their psyche by skipping conversational levels one and two and cutting right to levels three and four. Elicit intimate feelings by using the magic words we, us, and our.”
“TECHNIQUE #50
INSTANT HISTORY
When you meet a stranger you'd like to make less a stranger, search for some special moment you shared during your first encounter. Then find a few words that reprieve the laugh, the warm smile, the good feelings the two of you felt. Now, just like old friends, you have a history together, an Instant History.
With anyone you'd like to make part of your personal or professional future, look for special moments together. Then make them a refrain.”
“TECHNIQUE #51
GRAPEVINE GLORY”
“A compliment one hears is never as exciting as the one he overhears. A priceless way to praise is not by telephone, not by telegraph, but by tell-a-friend. This way you escape possible suspicion that you are an apple-polishing, bootlicking, egg-sucking, back-scratching sycophant trying to win brownie points. You also leave recipients with the happy fantasy that you are telling the whole world about their greatness.”
“TECHNIQUE #52
CARRIER PIGEON KUDOS
People immediately grow a beak and metamorphosize themselves into carrier pigeons when there's bad news. (It's called gossip.) Instead, become a carrier of good news and kudos. Whenever you hear something complimentary about someone, fly to them with the compliment. Your fans may not posthumously stuff you and put you on display in a museum like Stumpy Joe. But everyone loves the carrier pigeon of kind thoughts.”
“TECHNIQUE #53
IMPLIED MAGNIFICENCE
Throw a few comments into your conversation that presuppose something positive about the person you're talking with. But be careful. Don't blow it like the well-intentioned maintenance man. Or the southern boy who, at the prom, thought he was flattering his date when he told her, "Gosh, Mary Lou, for a fat gal you dance real good."

“TECHNIQUE #54
ACCIDENTAL ADULATION
Become an undercover complimenter. Stealthily sneak praise into the parenthetical part of your sentence.
Just don't try to quiz anyone later on your main point. The joyful jolt of your accidental adulation strikes them temporarily deaf to anything that follows.”
“TECHNIQUE #55
KILLER COMPLIMENT
Whenever you are talking with a stranger you'd like to make part of your professional or personal future, search for one attractive, specific, and unique quality he or she has.
At the end of the conversation, look the individual right in the eye. Say his or her name and proceed to curl all ten toes with the Killer Compliment.”
“TECHNIQUE #56
LITTLE STROKES
Don't make your colleagues, your friends, your loved ones look at you and silently say, "Haven't I been pretty good today?" Let them know how much you appreciate them by caressing them with verbal Little Strokes like "Nice job!" "Well done!" "Cool!"
Little Things Mean a Lot
“TECHNIQUE #57
THE KNEE-JERK "WOW!"
Quick as a blink, you must praise people the moment they finish a feat. In a wink, like a knee-jerk reaction say, "You were terrific!"
Don't worry that they won't believe you. The euphoria of the moment has a strangely numbing effect on the achiever's objective judgment.
TECHNIQUE #58
BOOMERANGING
“Just as a boomerang flies right back to the thrower, let compliments boomerang right back to the giver. Like the French, quickly murmur something that expresses "That's very kind of you.”
“TECHNIQUE #59
THE TOMBSTONE GAME
Ask the important people in your life what they would like engraved on their tombstone. Chisel it into your memory but don't mention it again. Then, when the moment is right to say "I appreciate you" or "I love you," fill the blanks with the very words they gave you weeks earlier.
You take people's breath away when you feed their deepest self-image to them in a compliment. "At last," they say to themselves, "someone who loves me for who I truly am."

TECHNIQUE #60
“TALKING GESTURES
Think of yourself as the star of a personal radio drama every time you pick up the phone. If you want to come across as engaging as you are, you must turn your smiles into sound, your nods into noise, and all your gestures into something your listener can hear. You must replace your gestures with talk. Then punch up the whole act 30 percent!”
“TECHNIQUE #61
NAME SHOWER
People perk up when they hear their own name. Use it more often on the phone than you would in person to keep their attention. Your caller's name re-creates the eye contact, the caress, you might give in person.
Saying someone's name repeatedly when face-to-face sounds pandering. But because there is physical distance between you on the phone—sometimes you're a continent apart—you can spray your conversation with it.

“TECHNIQUE #62
"OH WOW, IT'S YOU!"
Don't answer the phone with an "I'm just sooo happy all the time" attitude. Answer warmly, crisply, and professionally. Then, after you hear who is calling, let a huge smile of happiness engulf your entire face and spill over into your voice. You make your caller feel as though your giant warm fuzzy smile is reserved for him or her.

“TECHNIQUE #63
THE SNEAKY SCREEN
If you must screen your calls, instruct your staff to first say cheerfully, "Oh yes, I'll put you right through. May I tell her who's calling?" If the party has already identified himself, it's "Oh of course, Mr. Whoozit. I'll put you right through."
When the secretary comes back with the bad news that Mr. or Ms. Bigwig is unavailable, callers don't take it personally and never feel screened. They fall for it every time, just like I did.

“TECHNIQUE #64
SALUTE THE SPOUSE
Whenever you are calling someone's home, always identify and greet the person who answers. Whenever you call someone's office more than once or twice, make friends with the secretary. Anybody who is close enough to answer the phone is close enough to sway the VIP's opinion of you.”
“TECHNIQUE #65
WHAT COLOR IS YOUR TIME?
No matter how urgent you think your call, always begin by asking the person about timing. Either use the What Color Is Your Time? device or simply ask, "Is this a convenient time for you to talk?" When you ask about timing first, you'll never smash your footprints right in the middle of your telephone partner's sands of time. You'll never get a "No!" just because your timing wasn't right.

“TECHNIQUE #66
CONSTANTLY CHANGING OUTGOING MESSAGE
If you want to be perceived as conscientious and reliable, leave a short, professional, and friendly greeting as your outgoing message. No music. No jokes. No inspirational messages. No boasts, bells, or whistles. And here's the secret: change it every day. Your message doesn't have to be flawless. A little cough or stammer gives a lovely unpretentious reality to your message.

“TECHNIQUE #67
YOUR TEN-SECOND AUDITION
While dialing, clear your throat. If an answering machine picks up, pretend the beep is a big Broadway producer saying "Nexxxt." Now you're on. This is Your Ten-Second Audition to prove you are worthy of a quick callback.

“TECHNIQUE #68
THE HO-HUM CAPER
Instead of using your party's name, casually let the pronoun he or she roll off your tongue. Forget "Uh, may I speak to Ms. Bigshot please?" Just announce, "Hi, Bob Smith here, is she in?" Tossing the familiar she off your tongue signals to the secretary that you and her boss are old buddies.

“TECHNIQUE #69
"I HEAR YOUR OTHER LINE"
When you hear a phone in the background, stop speaking—in midsentence, if necessary—and say "I hear your other line," (or your dog barking, your baby crying, your spouse calling you). Ask whether she has to attend to it. Whether she does or not, she'll know you're a top communicator for asking.”
“TECHNIQUE #70
INSTANT REPLAY
Record all your business conversations and listen to them again. The second or third time, you pick up on significant subtleties you missed the first time. It's like football fans who often don't know if there was a fumble until they see it all over again in Instant Replay.”
“TECHNIQUE #71
MUNCHING OR MINGLING
Politicians want to be eyeball to eyeball and belly to belly with their constituents. Like any big winner well versed in the science of proxemics and spatial relationships, they know any object except their belt buckle has the effect of a brick wall between two people. Therefore they never hold food or drink at a party.
Come to munch or come to mingle. But do not expect to do both. Like a good politician, chow down before you come.

“TECHNIQUE #72
RUBBERNECK THE ROOM
When you arrive at the gathering, stop dramatically in the doorway. Then s-l-o-w-l-y survey the situation. Let your eyes travel back and forth like a SWAT team ready in a heartbeat to wipe out anything that moves.”
“TECHNIQUE #73
BE THE CHOOSER, NOT THE CHOOSEE
The lifelong friend, the love of your life, or the business contact who will transform your future may not be at the party. However, someday, somewhere, he or she will be. Make every party a rehearsal for the big event.
Do not stand around waiting for the moment when that special person approaches you. You make it happen by exploring every face in the room. No more "ships passing in the night." Capture whatever or whomever you want in your life.

“TECHNIQUE #74
COME-HITHER HANDS
Be a human magnet, not a human repellent. When standing at a gathering, arrange your body in an open position—especially your arms and hands. People instinctively gravitate toward open palms and wrists seductively arranged in the "come hither" position. They shy away from knuckles in the "get lost or I'll punch you" position. Use your wrists and palms to say "I have nothing to hide," "I accept you and what you're saying," or "I find you sexy.”
“TECHNIQUE #75
TRACKING
Like an air-traffic controller, track the tiniest details of your conversation partners' lives. Refer to them in your conversation like a major news story. It creates a powerful sense of intimacy.
When you invoke the last major or minor event in anyone's life, it confirms the deep conviction that he or she is an old-style hero around whom the world revolves. And people love you for recognizing their stardom.

“TECHNIQUE #76
THE BUSINESS CARD DOSSIER
Right after you've talked to someone at a party, take out your pen. On the back of his or her business card write notes to remind you of the conversation: his favorite restaurant, sport, movie, or drink; whom she admires, where she grew up, a high school honor; or maybe a joke he told.
In your next communication, toss off a reference to the favorite restaurant, sport, movie, drink, hometown, high school honor. Or reprieve the laugh over the great joke.
“TECHNIQUE #77
EYEBALL SELLING
The human body is a twenty-four-hour broadcasting station that transmits "You thrill me." "You bore me." "I love that aspect of your product." "That one puts my feet to sleep."
Set the hidden cameras behind your eyeballs to pick up on all your customers' and friends' signals. Then plan your pitch and your pace accordingly.”
“TECHNIQUE #78
SEE NO BLOOPERS, HEAR NO BLOOPERS
Cool communicators allow their friends, associates, acquaintances, and loved ones the pleasurable myth of being above commonplace bloopers and embarrassing biological functions. They simply don't notice their comrades' minor spills, slips, fumbles, and faux pas. They obviously ignore raspberries and all other signs of human frailty in their fellow mortals. Big winners never gape at another's gaffes.

“TECHNIQUE #79
LEND A HELPING TONGUE
Whenever someone's story is aborted, let the interruption play itself out. Give everyone time to dote on the little darling, give their dinner order, or pick up the jagged pieces of china.
Then, when the group reassembles, simply say to the person who suffered story-interruptus, "Now please get back to your story." Or better yet, remember where they were and then ask, "So what happened after the . . ." (and fill in the last few words).

“TECHNIQUE #80
BARE THE BURIED WIIFM (AND WIIFY)
Whenever you suggest a meeting or ask a favor, divulge the respective benefits. Reveal what's in it for you and what's in it for the other person—even if it's zip. If any hidden agenda comes up later, you get labeled a sly fox.”
“TECHNIQUE #81
LET 'EM SAVOR THE FAVOR
Whenever a friend agrees to a favor, allow your generous buddy time to relish the joy of his or her beneficence before you make them pay the piper.
How long? At least twenty-four hours.”
“TECHNIQUE #82
TIT FOR (WAIT . . . WAIT) TAT
When you do someone a favor and it's obvious that "he owes you one," wait a suitable amount of time before asking him to "pay." Let him enjoy the fact (or fiction) that you did it out of friendship. Don't call in your tit for their tat too swiftly.”
“TECHNIQUE #83
PARTIES ARE FOR PRATTER
There are three sacred safe havens in the human jungle where even the toughest tiger knows he must not attack. The first of these is parties.
Parties are for pleasantries and good fellowship, not for confrontations. Big players, even when standing next to their enemies at the buffet table, smile and nod. They leave tough talk for tougher settings.

“TECHNIQUE #84
DINNER'S FOR DINING
The most guarded safe haven respected by big winners is the dining table. Breaking bread together is a time when they bring up no unpleasant matters. While eating, they know it's OK to brainstorm and discuss the positive side of the business: their dreams, their desires, their designs. They can free associate and come up with new ideas. But no tough business.”
“TECHNIQUE #85
CHANCE ENCOUNTERS ARE FOR CHITCHAT
If you're selling, negotiating, or in any sensitive communication with someone, do NOT capitalize on a chance meeting. Keep the melody of your mistaken meeting sweet and light. Otherwise, it could turn into your swan song with Big Winner.”
“TECHNIQUE #86
EMPTY THEIR TANKS
If you need information, let people have their entire say first. Wait patiently until their needle is on empty and the last drop drips out and splashes on the cement. It's the only way to be sure their tank is empty enough of their own inner noise to start receiving your ideas.”
“TECHNIQUE #87
ECHO THE EMO
Facts speak. Emotions shout. Whenever you need facts from people about an emotional situation, let them emote. Hear their facts but empathize like mad with their emotions. Smearing on the emo is often the only way to calm their emotional storm.”
“TECHNIQUE #88
MY GOOF, YOUR GAIN
Whenever you make a boner, make sure your victim benefits. It's not enough to correct your mistake. Ask yourself, "What could I do for this suffering soul so he or she will be delighted I made the flub?" Then do it, fast! In that way, your goof will become your gain.”
“TECHNIQUE #89
LEAVE AN ESCAPE HATCH
Whenever you catch someone lying, filching, exaggerating, distorting, or deceiving, don't confront the dirty duck directly. Unless it is your responsibility to catch or correct the culprit—or unless you are saving other innocent victims by doing so—let the transgressor out of your trap with his tricky puss in one piece. Then resolve never to gaze upon it again.”
“TECHNIQUE #89
BUTTERCUPS FOR THEIR BOSS
Do you have a store clerk, accountant, law firm junior partner, tailor, auto mechanic, maître d', massage therapist, kid's teacher—or any other worker you want special attention from in the future? The surefire way to make them care enough to give you their very best is send a buttercup to their boss.
“TECHNIQUE #91
LEAD THE LISTENERS
No matter how prominent the big cat behind the podium is, crouched inside is a little scaredy-cat who is anxious about the crowd's acceptance.
Big winners recognize you're a fellow big winner when they see you leading their listeners in a positive reaction. Be the first to applaud or publicly commend the man or woman you agree with (or want favors from).”
“TECHNIQUE #92
THE GREAT SCORECARD IN THE SKY
Any two people have an invisible scorecard hovering above their heads. The numbers continually fluctuate, but one rule remains: player with lower score pays deference to player with higher score. The penalty for not keeping your eye on The Great Scorecard in the Sky is to be thrown out of the game. Permanently.”
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2020.10.04 19:23 Darkly_Gathers We have broken into an Egyptian tomb, on the hunt for our missing friend. Ancient secrets lie below, and each level hints at new horrors... ...The Third Level

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Part 2
We descend the stone stairs, single-file. The Professor at the head, her torch casting a beam of light down into the dusty gloom. The second she drops below the layer of gold, the gentle waves of Heka that roll across her palm disappear. She stops for a moment and examines her hand, clenching and unclenching her fingers. She mutters something to herself, then looks over to us, raises her eyebrows, and carries on along her way.
Sethos goes down after her. As the first turned to stone, his top half, and the contents of his backpack, are still mostly dry, including, it would seem, his digital camera, as a flash illuminates the walls of the narrow little corridor. The rest of us aren’t so lucky. Everything in my own backpack has been soaked through along with my clothes, and I shiver despite the returning warmth that emanates from the walls. My torch has stopped working too, and I’m amazed that the Professor’s is still able to produce light. I go down third, and as a team we follow the remaining, wandering beams.
The golden door above shuts fast behind us.
The steps go around and around, down into the deep, and we walk in silence, processing the things we’ve seen, our experiences in the tomb; shooting the occasional glance up at the intricately carved eyes that watch suspiciously from amongst the rows of symbols and glyphs across the wall.
The stairs come to an end at an archway, one that leads into the third layer. A wide and open space, shrouded in darkness. A small pot of oil sits at the base of each of the archway’s pillars, and the Professor reaches up for the wooden torch attached to the wall, unfastening it from its perch and dipping its head lightly into the mixture. She draws her lighter from her pocket, and curses when she realises it is ruined.
“Sethos”, she says, “Don’t suppose you’ve got a lighter in that bag?”
“No, Professor”, he replies, grunting as he pulls his backpack around and drops it onto the floor, opening it up. “But I have these. Here”. He passes her a box of matches and she thanks him, striking successfully on the first attempt and bringing fire to the oiled torch. She does the same with the torch on the opposite side of the arch, and the bright, ensuing yellow-gold glow allows us a greater view of our surroundings as she fixes them back into place.
The hall ahead is flanked with thick, towering pillars, and directly ahead is an enormous statue, carved of stone, yet golden specks sparkle all over in the light of the flame. It depicts two men clad in royal Egyptian garb, engaged in a struggle. The man on top has the head of an animal; I’m not sure what it is, but it resembles an aardvark, or a jackal, perhaps. The blade of a long, carved knife held in his hand pushes deep into the chest of the man beneath. This man’s stone skin has been marked with a fine, shining powder, one which turns it bluish-green in the torchlight.
“The death of Osiris…” Aziza murmurs as she steps closer, drawing her long, wet hair from her eyes and tying it up into a ponytail. She cranes her neck to look up at the top of the statue. “These statues are of the gods. Osiris, and Set”.
“The brothers…” I mutter, looking them over.
Dave taps on Set’s stone knee with the back of his hand, then withdraws his phone from the plastic bag he’d stowed it in, pushing a headphone back into one of his ears.
I think about the story of the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh whose tomb in which we now trespass. Omisares, and his brother Amkaro, the usurper.
“Why would Amkaro build such a tomb?” I ask out loud. “One so grand… One with such intricacies… For the brother that he murdered?”
“Perhaps he was afraid, Leila”, comes a reply from the Professor. “Afraid that Omisares would rise from the dead, and his vengeful spirit would seek revenge. The layered tomb could well reveal his fears… His intentions to keep him down…”
“And these spells… This… This MAGIC… the walls… the water… the stone… The Heka… Is this the result of Amkaro’s lifework? His obsession with the occult?”
“It would make sense”, the Professor replies. “Motivated by fear, driven by paranoia…”
“What happened to him?” Ronnie asks. “To Amkaro, I mean?”
The Professor sighs and holds out her hands. “I don’t know, I’m afraid. There’s a lot I don’t know. Rocko would have the answers to these questions, I’m sure of it. But when it came to his research… He always kept himself to himself, so to speak… “In regards to Amkaro, my research suggests that the usurper came to a sudden and mysterious end. Destroyed, perhaps, by his own obsession; and the Pharaoh that followed had the task of rebuilding and revitalising Amkaro’s neglected empire”.
I look again at the statue. To think that these events took place thousands and thousands of years ago… It’s staggering. Fascinating, and terrifying. To consider that over such a time, as a species, maybe we haven’t really changed that much at all…
“Guys…” Ronnie says, gesturing to the statue’s feet. “Uh… Have you seen this?”
It’s not obvious what he’s referring to at first, as the dancing shadows from the flickering flame create curious illusions across the stonework… But once you see it, it’s obvious.

The statue is not connected, in any way, to the floor. Nor it seems, to anything else.

It hovers in the air, fixed impossibly in place.
I swallow and exchange looks of concern with the team, feeling a little dizzy as I do so. There’s so much to process down here… and to have your most basic assumptions of the possible challenged so relentlessly… to see with your own eyes the existence of such mind-bending curiosities… Images of the Professor turning Sethos to stone flash through my head, renewed, and my breathing becomes shallower.
The air down here is hot, and humid.
It’s like another world.
“As great as the statue is, team, we have a job here, unless you’ve forgotten”. Dave mutters from the front, stepping to the side and walking around the edge of the colossal carving.
Ronnie sticks the middle finger up to his back and Aziza giggles.
They go with Sethos around the right side of the statue, following Dave, and the Professor and I go left.

“Why is Dave even on this mission exactly, Professor?” I ask her quietly.
“He’s an old friend”, she replies with a smile.
“He’s just a bit… Don’t you think there’s something off about him?”
“He’s been through a great deal”.
“That doesn’t give you the right to be a prick, though”.
The Professor chuckles. “No, quite. But I am glad he’s here. And I trust him implicitly, Leila, really, I do. You’ll have to take my word for it”.
“Hmm”, I reply, unconvinced .
Our footsteps on the tiles below echo around the hall, and it isn’t long before we come upon an enormous, long stone table. The others stand just on the opposite side of it. The entire length is covered in a curious, thatched throw-cloth, and after the Professor has alighted the nearest wall-torch, it sparkles like the statue, though this time with flecks of silver. Hieroglyphs have been carefully stitched into this alien fabric, though only small parts are visible, as it is largely buried beneath great piles of ancient gold. Long-forgotten and shining relics amidst lumps of the precious metal, along with silver and copper, piled high all the way down the table and into the darkness toward the far end. Aziza reaches out to touch it and Dave grabs her hand at once.
“Christ, girl, haven’t you ever seen a fucking film? You don’t disturb piles of gold in cursed tombs without an idea of what you’re doing”.
Aziza laughs uncomfortably, but Dave does not return the smile. He releases her and she backs off, shuffling awkwardly a few steps away.
“Professor Winterfield, can you make any sense of these hieroglyphs?” Sethos asks, and the Professor moves closer to the table, kneeling on the adjacent stone bench, angling her head for a better look.
She mutters quietly to herself for a while, and the rest of us stand in anxious silence, listening to the beats of our hearts and the strange, low rumble far beyond the walls.
“Yes…” she says eventually, scratching her chin. “I can make out a little. It mentions a great feast. A stop for weary guests. It suggests we make our presence known”.
“A great feast… You mean like a ‘Last Supper’ type deal?” Ronnie asks.
“In a way, I suppose… But the concept of the ‘feast’ is an ancient one, Ronnie. It predates Christ by thousands and thousands of years. Its spiritual power is… unique, and longstanding. I could get a better sense of what the glyphs say if we could move around some of this metal… But I daren’t disturb it”.
The Professor pauses for another moment in thought. “I think it’s best if we try and find out a little-”
But she is cut off with a cry of distress from a little further down the hall. Aziza has stepped away from the group and has her torch beam shining down to the table’s end. It has caught something in its light that was not previously obvious. Her hand shakes, but we can see what she has spotted easily enough.

A man. A person. Sat stooped at the head of the table. He is too far away for us to pick out any particular details, but he sits completely still; dark, and waiting.
We watch for a minute in taught, tense quiet; watching to see if the figure is going to move.
…But he does not.
“Could be another statue…” Ronnie whispers, but I’m not so sure.
Tentatively, the Professor walks down the length of the table. I follow, and the others on the opposite side keep pace. We draw closer and closer, and the figure becomes clearer and clearer.
“Oh hell…” I mumble, coming to a stop a good distance away from it.

It’s an abomination.

Tar-black and crusted skin is stretched over a hunched and broken skeleton; arms at its sides and palms down on the table before it. The skin gives way in places to a rock-like grey-brown, and one such area carries up its neck and across its lower jaw, crooked and distended, cracked to the side, teeth aged and yellowed. Half of its nose has crumbled away, and its eyes are closed tight shut in two dark slits.

“Lord in Heaven…” Ronnie mutters. “…That fucker’s goin’ to move at some point, ain’t it”.

Chekhov’s Monster”, the Professor replies quietly, then spins on her heels and marches back down the length of the table. I follow.
She does not stop until she reaches the complete opposite end, as far from the figure as we can get. She studies another section of the hieroglyphs across the thatched cloth, tries to gain some more insight.
“…Make our presence known…” she says again, reading from the glyphs. “It says that guests should make their presence known… To partake in the feast…”
She looks up and down the table, adorned in piles of gold. “What feast?” she asks rhetorically, and of course, none of us can answer.
“I need to move the gold to the side”, she says. “I need a look at the whole text. There’s just not enough of it visible”.
“Professor…” Dave begins, warily, but she waves him off.
“I know, I know. But there’s nothing else in here, is there? There’s the statue… The pillars… the Table and the gold… and the ‘fucker’ at the end of the table, as Ronnie so eloquently put it”.
She takes a deep breath.
“Here we go then”, she whispers, as the ancient amber light dances with the shadows across her face. And she pushes the piles of wealth to the side. It falls and clatters noisily, spilling down over the table, and we try our best to keep any pieces from falling to the floor.

But, I don’t think it matters.

Because a crack like the snapping of a great branch shivers down through the thick air from the opposite end of the long table.
We turn to stare in terrified silence, as the Professor reads through the glyphs, her entire attention fixed determinedly on the tablecloth.
There is another crack through the darkness. And in the flickering glow of the wall-torch, the silhouette of the monster at the far end creaks into an unnatural stand, as if raised on a puppet-master’s invisible strings.
The light of the torches wavers and shivers, blown by an unfelt breeze.
And the creature rises to a full stand. Its legs are revealed. All four of them. Long, black and spined, like an insect’s, only massive. They tremble as the monster lurches from its position with a series of terrible cracks, and begins to stumble slowly towards us down the side of the long stone table.
My voice catches in my throat.
“Lord Almighty…. Professor…” Ronnie says warningly, the inflection indicating his position on the edge of panic. But the Professor does not respond. Nor does she look up. She continues reading, eyes darting from left to right as she mutters to herself with desperate drive.
The creature draws closer. Step by awkward step.
The shadows it casts are long and many, twisted as they shiver across the stonework and the great pillars.
I stand on the other side of the table, the Professor knelt on the bench and hunched over the cloth beside me; but the others are huddled together, pressed up against the back of the floating statue of the death of Osiris.
“What the hell do we do?” Aziza asks in a high-pitched ,wavering whisper.
Professor…!” says Dave, the urgency rising.
But the Professor, again, does not respond. Her focus lies with the glyphs.
The dark figure approaches.
“Right. Cover your ears!” Dave announces suddenly, raising the pistol up to his line of sight. Taking quick aim, and firing. The noise of the shot reverberates painfully around the chamber as a small burst of dark, crumbly sand-like flesh bursts through the creature’s chest and out its back with the bullet. But it does not stop, continuing instead to stagger towards us.
Dave fires again, this time through its head. It twitches as the corner of its jaw disintegrates, and a few of its shattered teeth are blown from its mouth.
But it does not stop.
The Professor fumbles for something in one of her many pockets, drawing out eventually a little tin. “Try one of these, Dave”, she calls out over the ringing in my ears, and throws it to him, allowing only a quick glance up from the hieroglyphs.
Dave catches the tin and cracks it open, revealing a number of small, shining, silver bullets. Ronnie and Sethos exchange a look behind him, but the man asks no questions. He draws one out and opens the chamber of his gun, sliding the silver bullet inside.
A hiss, like the release of a high-pressured gas escapes from the monster’s throat. Only a few metres away now, and Dave takes aim, and fires. A noise akin to a single beat of a wind chime rings high and clear through the air, and the bullet tears through the monster’s chest, creating a small hole adjacent to the first.
…But it does nothing. As with the others, the figure barely registers it at all.
“Oh well”, the Professor mutters, shooting another glance up at the monster. “Worth a try”.
“Professor!” Sethos shouts out, “What are we going to do!?”
“Must I be the only one with any ideas in this accursed tomb?” she says, “have you tried the TORCHES, for Heaven’s sake?”
The torches.
There are four currently alighted and attached to the walls. One is held in its clasp near the pillars towards the head of the table, lit by Dave and beyond the path of the frightening figure. The other three, however, are accessible. Two remain by the entrance on opposite sides of the arch. Sethos and Ronnie scramble for these. The third is on my side of the table, a little ways down. I sprint for it, lifting it out of its hold in trembling hands, the flame blurring my vision temporarily as I grasp in front of me like a burning sword. The movement catches the creature’s attention. Or, perhaps it is the heat, as its dark eyes still appear tightly sealed. It pauses, and its head cracks round to face me, stood exactly opposite on the other side of the table.
“S-Stay back!” I choke out, holding tight to the torch.
The creature turns. Its head remains fixed on me, but it scuttles slowly round in a circle on those horrific, insectoid legs, so that its torso lines up with its face. Its jaw shivers, and the hissing grows louder.
A blur of bright and wild orange shudders quickly through the air to the creature’s right, and the thrown torch strikes it hard in the temple, the burning oil splashing out over its face.
The monster shrieks in distress, a terrible and piercing sound that brings rains of dust down from the ceiling. It stumbles blindly backwards and into a pillar as flaming oil leaks and drops to the floor. It must have been Ronnie who threw the torch, as Sethos pushes forwards, thrusting his own out and into the monster’s chest.
I have to join him.
I push down my fears and scramble onto the stone bench, jumping over the piles of precious metal across the thatched cloth and land on the other side, screaming with adrenaline as I rush forwards and stab the torch into the thing’s burning face, again and again.
It works, for a while. We keep the creature from moving any closer to the Professor; we force it back against the pillars as it struggles and shrieks… But our success does not last. The screeching warbles and distorts, dropping octave after octave into a thrum that seems to vibrate my very bones, and it raises itself up to full height, head still aflame, reaching out with a swift and sudden movement and grabbing the head of Sethos’ torch in its long, black fingers.
Their outlines shine in a silvery light, and with a burst of hot steam the torch is extinguished.
The flame goes out.
Sethos releases his grip on the torch and stumbles back in horror, and the monster’s head cracks round to face me.
My reaction is immediate and foolish. I jump away in alarm, fumbling and dropping the torch, and cursing myself silently for doing so in the same instant.
It clatters to the floor, still burning, but no longer a threat to the creature. It steps right over it towards me.
Another bullet tears through the air with an accompanying bang and punches through the creature’s ribs; but as with the others, it does nothing.
And the Professor speaks.
“Set your yourselves at the table at ONCE!” she commands in a voice like the wind, “Take your places on the bench and prepare for the feast!”
Dave turns to stare at her- “But Professor-”
“NOW!” she roars, “DO I SAY!”
And as always, with the Professor, we are compelled to obey. I turn from the creature, dark and burning, and clamber back over the stone table, piles of gold slipping and crashing from the cloth as I do so, scrambling around to sit myself on the bench besides the Professor, her jaw clenched and brow furrowed deep in concentration. I watch as the others take their seats on the opposite bench, facing us. Sethos, and Dave, and Ronnie, and Aziza. They have their full trust in the Professor, but the fear is plain across their faces. The monster, only a few feet behind them, raises a hand to the flames across its head, presses its long fingers down over the fire, and as before, they shine in the silver of a full moon, and with a burst of steam the fire is vaporised.
The room becomes a little darker.
And it makes to move. Becoming taller and taller behind the team as it approaches.
Aziza is shaking violently.
A thick bead of sweat rolls down the side of Ronnie’s pale face.
“When the feast begins”, the Professor says in a low voice, “do not stop. Do not stop eating until I say. Eat at a measured pace and do not speak. Do not turn away from the table. We have a single chance”.
And she grabs ahold of an ancient relic upon the cloth. An ankh, glittering gold in the light of the few remaining fires. She raises it to her lips, and brings down her teeth for a bite.
The second she does so, the exact instant in which her teeth would hit the hard, cold metal of the object, it shimmers and changes into a leg of meat. Poultry, of some kind. Without even a flicker of surprise the Professor tears off a mouthful, and begins to chew. We watch with a swirl of awe and dread as the metal all around us does likewise. It shifts. It fades in and out of focus like a golden fish beneath the surface of a river, and the food becomes clear.
A plethora of fruits, some fresh, some dried, some that I recognise, but most I do not. Plates of rich, carved meats: on and off the bone. Birds and seasoned vegetables. Curious, strange-coloured hard-grained breads. Dates. Bowls of honey. Figs and fine, white cheeses. It all shifts into view around us, and, with heart beating fast, I tear my focus from the monster that approaches, I order myself not to stare at its shadow drifting across the table’s surface, and redirect my gaze instead to the piles of
food.
I grab a handful of dates.
I bring them to my mouth, take a deep breath, and start to chew.
The others do the same. They each take a helping, and begin to cautiously eat.
And the monster stops. It stops where it stands, tensed.

Holding.

Waiting.

…For a while there is only the sounds of our chewing, and our shuddering breathing through our noses. I keep my eyes focused on the food before me. I can see the blur of the creature at the edge of my vision, but I do as the Professor says, and keep my gaze fixed on the table.
A soft melody starts to play. It rolls in waves all around the edge of the room. Comprised of the sounds one can make when they blow over a glass bottle. And the creature turns. I hear it creak and hiss, turning to the left, and heading back the way it came. Back to its spot at the head of the table, slowly, but steadily away.

We keep eating.

There is no shortage of food.
It’s good. It’s warm. It’s revitalising. Difficult to enjoy under the circumstances, but I can appreciate its quality nonetheless.
My eyes dart to the left. A quick, momentary glance down to the head of the table.
It’s dark down there, but I catch a glimpse of the monster, settling back into place. Taking its seat.
And we keep on eating. That was the instruction the Professor gave us, and hell, the Professor’s instructions are ones that demand to be followed.
As the feast progresses, the melody in the air remains steady, a soft and haunting tune on the edge of hearing, but the food… The food begins to change.

The meats start to lose their warmth.
The fruits, as I take bite after careful bite, are no longer fresh. After a while I am able to notice this change visually, too. With every bite, the fruit that remains on the table withers somewhat. They lose their colour. They lose their shape.
Mould starts appearing across the cheese, subtle at first in the flickering shadows, but growing into a more obvious blue and green-grey.

…But we keep on eating.

The food starts to stink. The reek of it attacks our senses as we force down mouthful after mouthful.
Quiet grunts and groans from around the team become audible, but a warning hand from the Professor, with a finger outstretched, compels us into strained silence.

Bite after bite.

The feast goes on.

My stomach lurches with every swallow. My skin sweats with discomfort as my mouthfuls of food become smaller and smaller. I have to start picking hairs and even small feathers from my mouth as I bite into the meats. The vegetables, the cheeses… as they bulge and melt with rot, they peel back to reveal bones… little ribs and slender, segmented spines…
My stomach lurches again, harder this time, and some of the food rises back up into my throat.
I grimace, eyes watering, and force it down.
Dave is sat across from me. I can see the fingers in his right hand clenching into a fist, over and over and over.
And then there is a loud gag. I cannot help but look up from the table at the source of the noise, as Aziza shivers and vomits noisily over the food and the cloth. She gags again, slamming a hand to her mouth, and my attention is drawn to another noise.
One at the head of the table.
I swivel to look, to see the monster rise up from its seat, leaning forwards, scrambling down the length of the table on all four of its nightmarish legs, kicking plates and bowls noisily onto the floor as it approaches.
I grab the Professor’s arm. “Professor! What- what do we-”
“Keep eating”, she says coolly, but her voice wavers. “The feast goes on”.
And it takes every ounce of will I possess to drag my gaze from the approaching abomination, to return it to the revolting food before me, and to continue to eat.
But I do so.
The creature approaches.
The clattering draws nearer.
And then, right by my head, it abruptly stops.
The hissing is to my immediate left, by my face. If I were only to look up, to turn ever so slightly, I would see it.
…But I do not.
I eat.
And I continue to do so.
We all do.
Long after the food could ever reasonably, be considered as such.
…Forcing it down, bite after bite….
...The amount around us decreases… the plates and bowls start to empty…
…And we’re in the final few plates, when one of us breaks.
With a loud and tortured retching, they convulse, dark bile spilling from their lips, through their hands and spraying out over the table before us. They gag again and violently release, swearing in panic.

Sethos.

Our driver.

The creature does not even give him a chance to escape. With a sudden speed it clambers down the stone table and bench behind him, using two of its legs to slam his hands down on the table, holding him in place. One of its hands presses down hard onto Sethos’ shoulder, the other connects with the top of his head.
“Nobody move”, the Professor hisses, particularly at Ronnie, sat to Sethos’ left.
“But Professor”, he replies under his breath, “the torch-”
“Don’t you move Ronnie, don’t you fucking move”, she hisses back. “Eat”.
And we do so.
We continue to force down the waste.
We force it down as the creature’s hand against Sethos’ head starts to glow silver.
“I’M SORRY!” Sethos screams, “I’M SO SORRY! FUCK, AH-” and he descends into a string of garbled Arabic, writhing and shuddering madly in place, the veins in his hands popped as his fingers rake across the stone. Steam bursts from the top of his head, temporarily shrouding the monster’s hand in a mist-like cloud, and when it disperses…
Sethos… oh my God… Sethos I’m so sorry … I’m sorry you chose to come down here with us into this place…
…When it disperses, the creature reveals, in its hand, Sethos’ brain. Slimy and shivering. And our driver slumps suddenly forwards, eyes lifeless, slamming down hard onto the stone with a terrible thud, dark blood leaking from the hole in the top of his head. And indeed, it would seem, his skull.
The monsters takes its prize and returns joltingly back to the head of the table.

And we finish our feast.

The last mouthful is mine.
I force it down my throat with a strained swallow, and the statue to our right, the statue of the death of Osiris, begins to rise. A hole opens up in the ground below it, and without a word, the Professor stands from the bench, and begins to quietly walk down the descending stairs the hole reveals.
Dave carefully picks up Sethos’ backpack, left propped up besides his corpse against the bench, and carries it with us as he follows. Ronnie stands up as well, and Aziza follows. Silent tears stream down her face.
And in a state of shock, I follow too. Mechanically, like a robot, stomach twisting and bubbling, I follow the surviving team. I head to the hole beneath the statue, and I begin my descent. The stone stairs carry me around, and I catch one final glimpse of the monster at the head of the table before he vanishes from sight.
A dark silhouette, about to begin a feast of his own.
And down I go.
Down to the layer below.

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2020.10.01 20:02 maryjanes_AK47 The Devil's Quran- Synopsis and Review

As described within the text's introduction, The Devil's Quran (Qūran Ash-Shaitān) was acquired by Martinet Press in 2011 in the form of photographs supplied by a thusfar anonymous freelance journalist returning from Iraq. The text (written in Arabic) had marks referencing The University of Karbala, and appeared to trace back to the mid 18th century. While it's implied the date was exact, no specific date is cited. The names of the author as well as the retrieving journalist are either unknown, or in the case of the latter unavailable to the public, which has caused a shadow of doubt to be cast over the document's authenticity. Martinet Press has acknowledged this ambiguity, and expressed their desire for the individual reader to read and decide for themself. It should be noted that much, if not all, of the text appears to be written from the perspective of The Nameless God (aka Shaitan)- in which case the original author should instead be considered more a scribe than anything else.
The introduction describes how the first four pages are taken directly from the Quran (specifically the Suras Al-Fatiha and Al Baqara) but on the fifth page the text's penmanship and content change dramatically. Influences throughout the text appear to have been drawn from Islam and Suphism, the Torah, Zoroastrianism, Persian theology, Hermeticism, Gnosticism, and the Greek Magical Papyri grimoire- and are mentioned mostly in the text's annotations.
The first and foremost purpose of this text (both in the original document and in the intentions of the publisher) is to put forth a serious, devotional, and instructive booklet on the subject of Islamic LHP theory and study. This is not a text concerned with either self-deification or indulgence.
SURA AL-MAJD (The Glory)
A short devotional prayer filled with titles and honorifics that resembles a passage of the Quran. This section identifies the deity of the text as "The Nameless God".
SURA AL-NAR (The Fire)
This chapter names the pantheon's primary villain- "The Blind One". Casually, this deity is easily equated to Allah/Yahweh, however text annotations compare it to the Gnostic figure Skalas (Jewish demiurge). This chapter also references Azazel ("The Rough God") as a/the Shaitan in an alternate interpretation of the Exodus from Egypt as found within the Old Testament. Overall this chapter outlines conflict between The Nameless God and The Blind One, as well as a responsibility for the human to choose between them. This is the first entry to portray the dualistic outlook that continues to appear throughout the document.
SURA AL-HARB (The War)
Contains the creation story of the Shaitanic (or Shaitani, or Nameless?) theology, as well as passages reinforcing war with The Blind One and its followers. Notably, the creation story tells of the emergence of two "aeons" from the void, one of darkness and the other light. This means that darkness and the void are considered separate concepts- an interesting perspective that does not appear to mesh with some of Martinet Press's other published works.
SURA AL-ASRAR (The Secrets)
The first half of this chapter describes knowledge the Nameless God has given to humanity, and among other examples tells a story of Suleiman (Soloman) marrying and learning from a djinn. Textual annotations note that this particular tale is thusfar unknown to Judaism and Islam, and may be a heterodoxic retelling of the story of the Queen of Sheba. The second half offers ritual instructions, including various names for The Nameless and the first mention of The Children (offspring deities from The Nameless God).
SURA AL-AWLAD (The Children)
Presents a pantheon at the helm of which sits The Nameless God. It has three gharāniq (divine goddesses), who are also its daughters and consorts, the foremost of which is Allat (typically associated with Lilith). This chapter also describes sacred information for seven personified planets. Adherents are advised to always first invoke The Nameless by one of its titles, and to invoke always with respect and awe.
SURA AL-ARSH (The Throne)
Describes the exotic and entrancing realm of The Nameless God, which is also the site of the afterlife of the adherent (often referred to as "The Chosen"). The paradise depicted is radically different from traditional Islamic images of the afterlife- the text tells of violent, glorious war whilst bedecked in the finest of glistening arms and armor. Furthermore, it claims the flesh of The Chosen will become brilliant and unyielding like iron or steel. Death and arrival into the afterlife is described as a perilous experience, with the faithful protected by the ranks of their brethren while the faithless are said to be "as a newborn, weak and tender."
SURA AL-DHULM (The Darkness)
Begins by continuing to describe the city of The Nameless God. The text quickly turns to the topic of hellfire, specifically the idea of it being a purifying thing as opposed to a punitive one. This section further contains instructions for ritual prayer and specifies actions (usually acts of hostility) that bring the approval of The Nameless onto The Chosen. Notably, it also tells of the desire of The Children to possess practitioners and how this is in fact a good thing.
SURA AL-TAJ (The Crown)
This chapter rails against The Blind One and its followers and prophets, and calls out Muhammad and Isa (Jesus) for pedophilia. Later parts of the chapter describe how The Chosen must treat their peers, as well as how to live and interact in a world run by Christians and Muslims.
SURA AL-MUQODOS (The Holy)
Presents three new deities and one new aspect of The Nameless. This chapter elaborates on the nature of The Children and provides suggestions for shrine building.
SURA AL-LAIL (The Night)
A short protective prayer.
INVOCATIONS
The text provides two invocations, the second twice the length of the first. Both are more linguistically cumbersome than the rest of the document.
INSTRUCTIONS
This section is occupied by practical directions for sacred activities. There is a short section for each of the following topics: Ritual Washing, Daily Prayer, Daily Devotions, a general section on ritual sacrifice (livestock or one's own blood seem to be the subjects of choice), and a section each for Minor and Major sacrifice.
I would further add that anyone intending to buy this text has a responsibility to educate themselves on the practices and affiliations of Martinet Press, so as to be an informed and responsible consumer. I have a previous post that gets into this topic a bit more. Secondly, both myself and Martinet Press are interested in hearing from you if you've had any experience with the rituals in this book. Please exercise caution.
To conclude, I find myself fascinated by this book. It has so far struck me as both a somber and riveting read, and the tone in which it was written leads me to believe it is indeed an authentic text- although perhaps not an extraordinarily old one. I wouldn't be particularly surprised if some parts are older than others, given how syncretic the text is. In the event that you disagree with any of the information here, or have more information to contribute, thank you in advance for your input.
I hope Martinet finds themselves able to release the book's accompanying images as I'd be very interested in seeing them.
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2020.09.29 21:24 ar_david_hh Sep/29/2020 wrap-up: \\ War in Karabakh-Artsakh \\ events & videos as they unfolded \\ Armenia liberates positions \\ ARM jet & AZE helicopters downed \\ Azeri equipment lines are thinning; 137 tanks, 7 helic, 71 drones, 790 dead, 1.9k wounded \\ world media and politicians respond to Turkey \\ more

Find out how the war unfolded on Sep-27 and Sep-28.
Secret footage from Armenian frontlines:
https://youtu.be/gh7XbW67-lE

beware of fake posted by Azerbaijani agents

There is a video allegedly showing two ambushed Armenian soldiers in trenches, screaming "our army has abandoned us". It is a clear fake, with them having a non-Armenian accent, a first-person-view camera being "conveniently" attached at a place where Armenians don't wear it, and it being made overly-dramatic for "psychological impact".
Another similar fake was posted yesterday. The voice-over guy sounds the same.
A screenshot from the video for identification: https://i.imgur.com/nSvXsHs.png

September 29 / night / before the day began

A 9-year-old Armenian child was killed in Martakert city. Other family members were injured. The girl's father spoke about the incident and condemned Azerbaijan. "It's all they want and it's all they can do."
https://youtu.be/Anp3QBUaPlY
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029364.html
Dozens of 1990s Artsakh war veterans gathered in the capital Stepanakert. They're waiting for Army to distribute weapons and coordinate the deployment.
https://youtu.be/W7iW0S9XITs?t=41
One of the Azeri pilots who died on Sep-27 is Major Qasim Abbas oglu. He was a State Border Security (SBS) officer and not from the Defense Ministry. That means the helicopter he was flying was likely Mi-17. This is also proof that Azeri SBS was engaged in Artsakh. (they are usually near the Tavush border).
https://twitter.com/razminfo/status/1310679019432693760?s=20
Yesterday an Armenian MP called for Azeri ethnic minorities to check the names of dead Azer soldiers and realize that Aliyev's tactic is to send ethnic minorities to front lines to be used as disposable pawns.
Some Talysh-Azeri minorities have the same complaint. A man says 5 out of 7 recently-verified-killed Azeri soldiers had Talysh names. "the Aliyev regime massacres the Talysh in the war zone," complained the man.
https://twitter.com/rahimsaliyev/status/1310188892876877824
"Don't let your kids use TikTok", said Human Rights Ombudsman, citing rampant Armenophobia coordinated by Turkish and Azeri users of the platform.
https://youtu.be/48N72uiUllU?t=112
The military doesn't care if an army official served under the former or current Armenian government. They currently receive advice from all political camps.
https://news.am/arm/news/604769.html
Be aware of social media hacks. Azeri agents spread panic-inducing misinformation on Facebook after taking over accounts.
https://t.me/infocomm/21252
update: yesterday 3,000 Armenian men in Georgia's southern Javakh region gathered near the border but couldn't cross it. The customs issues have since been cleared and they were allowed to transport their vehicles with aid.
https://news.am/arm/news/604751.html
ArmSec foundation advises Armenians not to use Turkish CA Certificates, which can be used for hacking. Instruction on how to remove these digital certificates:
https://armsec.org/Turkish_CA_Certificate_Removal_Steps.pdf
https://t.me/infocomm/21263
 
Recep Erdogan continues the persecution of ethnic-minority politicians from the pro-Kurdish and pro-Armenian HDP party. The regime's prosecutor is preparing documents to strip Turkish-Armenian MP Garo Paylan from immunity. He, along with 81 others, is the latest target for having dissented the regime's policies.
https://massispost.com/2020/09/its-time-to-condemn-and-sanction-turkey/
Glendale Armenians gathered in front of City Hall in support of Artsakh.
https://twitter.com/CivilNetTV/status/1310786951688065024?s=20
 

Before we proceed... how did the foreign media cover the events yesterday?

middleeasteye.net: Turkey recruiting Syrians to guard troops and facilities in Azerbaijan. Rebels and civilians employed as security suspect they will soon be sent to fight Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh"
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/azerbaijan-armenia-turkey-syrians-recruiting-guard-facilities
Turkey-based Syrian journalist: Muhammad Shaalan, from my town Al Atarib [Syria] was killed in Azarbaijan. He was with thwar Al sham, left the group months ago. He headed to Azarbaijan a week ago. Death date and place are still unknown.
https://twitter.com/HousseinAk/status/1310978787014840324?s=20
Russian govt-run RT journalist Gazdiev: Azerbaijan is now refusing entry for all foreign journalists. Only loyal domestic and Turkish media are being allowed to cover the conflict. Armenia is not only allowing access to journalists but actively inviting them.
https://twitter.com/MuradGazdiev/status/1310649226741907459?s=20
 
Russian opposition Rain TV provided extensive coverage of the conflict in a neutral tone, but with emphasis that Turkey is meddling in the war.
https://youtu.be/Q8mCaJ2dqB0
https://youtu.be/yXlobQmMCBc?&t=13
https://youtu.be/BD6a1wfaxSM
 
For those of you won't don't have Telegram, here is a collection of Russian WarGonzo outlet's footage from the front lines. They found the remnants of Azeri flying object. It's bigger than a regular drone and they speculated it could be parts of a jet/helicopter. It was later claimed that it's part of an Azeri AN-2 plane that was shot.
https://youtu.be/AfqMxjopFSA
https://youtu.be/LeSQmyaFar0
https://youtu.be/_cQVjIwOG4g
https://youtu.be/wGFZMfSvS3o
https://youtu.be/7EenGKyzjdU
https://twitter.com/Kyruestatus/1310669823647588354
 
Russia's largest govt-run Channel 1 outlet has a prime-time talk-show called "Time will tell", which invited Armenian, Azeri, and Russian experts for debates.
Russian reporter was invited to explain the situation. He mentioned the situation in Stepanakert and how Azeris [failed to take and] damaged the northern highway connecting Armenia to Artsakh, with Turkish Bayraktar drones.
Azeri Guest: how do you know Azeris used Turkish drones?
Russian Reporter: these drones are made in Turkey.
Russian Host: hold on. Let's assume the drones were of "unknown origin". Now let's analyze which drones they were.
Russian Reporter: ... the Azeri side doesn't hide it's Turkish...
Russian Host responds to Azeri Guest: here is a video [shows a Bayraktar video] published by Azeris showing the destruction of several Armenian vehicles. The footage appears to be recorded from a Turkish drone. Period.
Russian Reporter continues: we visited Stepanakert and saw the outcome of the Azeri GRAD missile attack that was used against a completely peaceful civilian house.
Russian Host: have you learned any info on who started this war?
Russian Reporter: locals say Azerbaijan began bombing at 7:10 am yesterday. I know each side will blame the other, but I'm more concerned about civilians. I spoke with 2 Armenian kids in a bomb shelter. Their house was bombed. It's not even near any military object.
Azeri guest: Pashinyan started this. He escalated the situation this year.
Russian Guest enters chat: so you're telling me it's Armenians who started it, while it was Azeris who launched a partial draft ahead of time and brought reinforcements?
Azeri Guest: .... because Armenians provoked
Russian Guest: ... "provoked" by "using words" but they didn't open fire. [host interrupts]
Russian Host to Azeri Guest: when you say Pashinyan is the one who verbally provoked, I can assure you that both sides made provocative statements, including the Turkish side.
[the main theme became the Turkish involvement in the conflict. The Russian host and guests are not pleased. They blasted Erdogan's statements.]
Russian Host: let's use logic about who started the war. Here is a video [of Azeri soldiers being destroyed during an unsuccessful attempt to capture northern highway through a gorge near Mrav]. Someone gave those soldiers an order to move forward. Why?
Armenian Guest: obviously the order was given by the Azeri govt. It's elementary logic. Armenia has no reason to start a war. Karabakh is already de-facto free.
Azeri Guest: Nope, Armenians started it. It's beneficial for Armenia to provoke a war.
Armenian Guest: why would they?
Azeri Guest: so Artsakh separatists can launch a process for independence. (apparently crack pipe is on sale on Amazon. Cyber Crackday. Black Plaqueday. Big if true.)
Russian Host sits next to Azeri guest: are you sure about that?
Azeri Guest: Yes. Why not?
[theme changes about Syrian mercenaries]
Russian Host: I can't confirm 100%, but here is a video from Azerbaijan showing a column of fighters in pickup trucks with flags and [Allahu Akbar] chants. Do these men chant in Azeri or Arabic?
Azeri Guest: they are Azeri because I heard their accent with "e" instead of "a" while chanting "akbar". Syrians don't have "e". It's unique to Turkic.
Armenian Guest: the pro-Turkish fighters in northern Syria are ethnic Turkmen, not necessarily Arab.
Russian Guest: we can send it to professional linguists for analysis.
https://youtu.be/uFxsQ3uBIyY?t=1643
https://youtu.be/3VOpGDtCVgI
 

September 29 / morning arrives

Nikol Pashinyan: the last minutes of the Security Council session was disrupted by loud horns coming from outside. I looked out and saw a column of vehicles, circling around the square, with passengers shouting and honking. I thought it was a wedding at first, but it turned out to be the volunteers joining the army. Stay strong, people!
https://factor.am/288240.html
8:14 ARM army: Azeris are preparing their artillery for an attack. We pushed back their armored vehicles in multiple areas. The punitive response in the south has left several of their vehicles destroyed.
https://t.me/infocomm/21265 , https://factor.am/288193.html
9:32: Armenian army shared the video of the aforementioned failed Azeri armored vehicle attack and the destruction of the enemy equipment, and several positions.
Video: https://youtu.be/n1Q2Il5dxeA?t=9
8:49: Azerbaijani govt has once again censored their internet amid mounting death toll. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, WhatsApp, TikTok, Skype were down. If you're reading this on Reddit, your IQ is five thousand. Congrats.
https://news.am/arm/news/604771.html
9:02: the leader of Armenia's ruling QP party says they're discussing the possibility to sign a military agreement with Artsakh to share more weapons.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029376.html
10:29: Armenians shoot down another Azeri drone.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029382.html
9:53: Vardenis area is the junction point between Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Artsakh. It's fully within the Republic of Armenia. Armenian MFA says Azeris are lying about being shelled from this area. "Azerbaijan is fabricating a pretense to attack Vardenis."
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029379.html
10:54: as expected, Azerbaijan shelled Armenia's Vardenis region. Their drone struck a civilian bus (no one inside) beside and military positions. Armenian army didn't sustain casualties from the attack on Vardenis. "Expect a harsh response," said ARM army.
Photo of the bus: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029408.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029386.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029388.html , https://factor.am/288309.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029394.html
12:42: Azerbaijan is shelling villages in Vardenis. One civilian was killed.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029402.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029409.html
14:08: Armenia's security council informed the Russian colleagues that Armenia's Vardenis region was bombed. Russia's Nikolai Patrishev expressed "deep concerns."
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029422.html
14:32: Russian-funded GeoProMining miner has temporarily suspended its gold mining in Sotq Mine for security reasons starting Sep-27 when the battles began.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029426.html
14:28: CSTO military bloc says they haven't received a petition by member Armenia to discuss the shelling of the Vardenis region. "We'll discuss if Armenia contacts us". Armenia sent a report describing the situation.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029425.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029445.html
17:58 ARM army: an F-16 jet belonging to Turkey shot down an Armenian Su-25, which was flying within Armenia airspace near Vardenis. The pilot has died. (Turkey denied shooting it.)
This F-156 took off from Azeri Ganja airport and was patrolling the Azeri air since 10:30 am, and was aiding the Azeri helicopters and Turkish Bayraktar drones in their attack. At the time of engaging, the F-156 was 60km within Azerbaijan at 8.2km altitude.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029472.html
11:24: Armenia released a video showing how a group of Azeri soldiers got shot while running back in panic. 60 Azeri soldiers were killed in north and south.
Video (nsfw): https://m.facebook.com/armenpress/videos/1038231189970329/
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029392.html
11:41 ARM army: Azerbaijan is lying about our military units in Martuni being completely out of order. "All units remain in place and continue to deal blows to the attacker."
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029396.html
11:46 ARM army: the drafted reservists aren't immediately sent to front lines. We don't have such urgent need right now. The losses sustained by Azerbaijan are uncomparable to Armenia's.
https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285680/
11:55: Armenians have shot down the 5th Azeri helicopter since Sep-27. There is a chance the 6th one was also struck just now.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029398.html
12:37: Armenia released a video showing the aftermath of the downing of 2 Azeri helicopters. Igla missile was used. Large mushroom clouds and post-impact explosions.
Video: https://youtu.be/PIc4ZBLkE70
Video: https://m.facebook.com/armenpress/videos/772905233546327/
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029401.html
15:40: Armenia released the second video showing how the Azeri helicopter was shot by a missile while hovering in the air. Igla was apparently used.
Video: https://m.facebook.com/armenpress/videos/2695601887362093/
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029438.html
12:18: photos of an Azeri drone being shot over capital Stepanakert.
https://factor.am/288298.html
12:21: Robert Kocharyan & co-defendants' "March 1st" trial is postponed because defendant Seyran Ohanyan, a former Defense Minister, is currently in Artsakh to aid the army.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029400.html
12:44 ARM army: Azerbaijan is using heavy TOS-1C and Smerch missiles, taking it to a whole new level. We will respond with similar weapons.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029403.html
12:49: Armenia released a new video showing the destruction of Azeri tanks. Numerous Azerbaijani soldiers were killed; some of them are seen trying to escape to the other side of the hill before being shot.
Video (graphic): https://youtu.be/oQcQV1NYtpY
https://youtu.be/RqcRbujmeNw
12:50: Armenia's Human Rights Ombudsman released the names of 4 civilians, including children, who were killed. The office contacted international bodies to file a complaint.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029405.html
13:23 ARM army: Azeris made attempts to attack. They lost 5 tanks, 11 drones, 1 engineering vehicle, four 82A transport cars, and many soldiers.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029411.html
13:26: Orbeli research center published names of 81 more Azeri soldiers who were killed. "Aliyev regime is hiding numbers from the public. This list is just a fraction. The number sharply rose recently," said Orbeli center.
The list: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029412.html
13:36 ruling QP MP: by censoring the internet, Aliyev is trying to conceal their serious losses to prevent panic. There is almost no official info from the Azeri govt, so the public follows Armenian news.
Human lives are not important for the dictatorial regime in Baku. President Aliev's goal is to save his power. This adventure will cost them dearly...
These events highlighted the fact that Turkey hasn't given up its century-old genocidal policies. The world knows who the aggressor is.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029414.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029431.html
13:37 authorities to public: we've noticed many patriotic posts on social media. Any donation campaign to collect and send tangible items to Artsakh should be coordinated by authorities. There is no need to send food to soldiers. Don't share their private data.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029413.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029420.html
16:31: celebrities, soccer clubs, and others organized a volunteer campaign across Armenia to gather aid for soldiers. Cigarettes, new clothes, etc.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029451.html
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029453.html
14:15: the govt says the best way to donate is through All-Armenia Fund at himnadram.org or one of many other methods mentioned in this link:
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029423.html
14:42: the All-Armenia Fund has collected $3.1m in donations since Sep-27. They posted info for direct wiring:
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029429.html
13:59: Armenian hacking group "Monte Melkonyan" shut down several Azeri govt websites, including that of the president and Defense Minister.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029419.html
15:47: NSS received complaints from numerous residents about receiving text messages from unknown numbers with alarming information about front lines. NSS says it's a fake news campaign by Azeri trolls with the use of spoofed numbers.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029440.html
14:11 ARM army: The enemy is making the last efforts both on the battlefield and in the information sphere. That is why it has thrown everything into battle, every possible weapon, and even the latest fakes.
https://factor.am/288412.html
14:59: first lady Anna Hakobyan continued her trip to bomb shelters across the capital Stepanakert. "Women, children, and the elderly are emotional, but they are strong," she wrote. The govt will install more beds and help with food distribution.
Photos: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029432.html
16:14: Dashnak's youth wing organized a march to the UN embassy in Armenia and gave them a letter of complaint about "Azerbaijan's and Turkey's terrorist activities."
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029446.html
15:52 ARM army: Our artillerymen are virtuosos. They hit several Azeri tanks with grenade launchers. (ռագատկա next?)
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029442.html
16:03: another Azeri drone was shot in the air by Artsakh defense forces.
Video: https://youtu.be/f_J6k4PefD0
17:29: MFA Mnatsakanyan sent a letter to the UN secretariat about Azerbaijan's pre-planned aggression and targeting of civilians.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029461.html
17:31: an Armenian Lt. Colonel Lernik Babayan released a video to counter the Azeri fake news about his deaths. He was presented as an "Armenian special forces commander who was killed".
https://youtu.be/FnQ27IhPar0
17:57: Armenia released a video showing the outcome of a failed Azeri attempt to damage a railway with a big missile. A large crater was formed next to a village.
https://youtu.be/yRV1yOj85_Y
18:18: a video from an earlier failed tank assault by Azerbaijan, in which they lost 12 tanks.
https://youtu.be/wzO59IBId-w
19:06 Artsakh president: I spoke with the commander in the north. It's as if nothing unusual is happening and this is an ordinary training. He said, "meh, they attacked with 100 people on each position, we threw them back. We give we take. We'll solve the problem soon". The spirits are high.
We scored a success in the north. They threw all their power and tanks at us. They come, we shoot. They come, we shoot. We don't count any longer, nor do we have time to count. We will hit for as long as they come.
https://168.am/2020/09/29/1375729.html
20:36: Artsakh president signed a decree giving 23 more medals to fallen Armenian soldiers.
https://t.me/infocomm/21372
19:17 Pashinyan on Twitter: Armenia and Artsakh will respond adequately to Azerbaijan's attempts to disrupt regional stability.
Pashinyan to BBC: I urge the international community to condemn the Turkish and Azeri aggression against Armenia and Artsakh, which targeted peaceful civilians. The Turkish F-16 jets are fully engaged in the conflict. The people of Artsakh have a right to self-determination. I've said before that the resolution must be acceptable to both Armenians and Azeris.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029486.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029485.html
19:32 ARM army: Artsakh defense forces continue to confidentially destroy the Azeri military equipment.
Video or tanks and personnel destruction: https://youtu.be/xy1c3CQouA4?t=9
Orbiter 1K belonging to Azerbaijan was destroyed today. Video from inside Armenian anti-air unit.
https://youtu.be/4Mf6dFbgmfY
An unidentified drone was downed by the Iranian air defense after it intruded into their territory.
https://youtu.be/KSa1OQG8ySE?t=8
19:59 Speaker Mirzoyan: this war will end with the destruction of Azerbaijan's entire striking potential. They'll need decades to recover. I don't say this for "spiritual" reasons.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029497.html
20:00: Armenia published a video proving that Azeris placed their TOS missile unit within asettlement boundaries to use their civilians as a shield.
https://twitter.com/ShStepanyan/status/1310972854356279297?s=20
20:21 Pashinyan on Twitter: // a new war against Karabakh and Armenia is a war against democracy. //
He gave an interview to The Spectator: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/how-armenia-views-the-conflict-with-azerbaijan
https://twitter.com/NikolPashinyan/status/1310977884664860672?s=20
20:06 ARM spokesmen: The heroism and literacy of "Leopard 1" unit should be included in history books. Details after the war. (hmmm interesting 🤔)
https://factor.am/288628.html
20:47 Pashinyan during Russia-1 TV interview: Azeri army has failed to fulfill the task of the military-political leadership. The negotiations should continue with the help of the Minks Group. Azerbaijan must accept that there is no military solution to this conflict... The Turkish army is directly involved. They are coordinating Azeri groups on the ground.
(Aliyev said he is committed to the format of the negotiations and blamed Armenia for failing it with "unacceptable demands".)
More: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029506.html
https://news.am/arm/news/604964.html , https://factor.am/288684.html
21:07: famous Artsakh war veteran "Arabo" is preparing for deployment. (and no, he is not an Arab mercenary despite the nickname)
https://t.me/reartsakh/3710
21:11 Hetq journalist reporting from front lines: the tide is slowly turning in our favor. The lines of Azeri equipment in front lines are thinning. There are destroyed tanks and armored vehicles across the entire border. (no wonder why the gollum has to keep PayPal-ling aid to Ilham.)
https://t.me/bagramyan26/18474
21:37 ARM army: Azerbaijan failed the attacks in north and south. We have significant success and re-captured some positions. All-day long they used aviation, artillery, tanks, etc. They were forced to retreat and strengthen their original positions.
We'll report our losses soon after confirmation.
Today Azeris lost 17 tanks, 4 armored vehicles, 3 engineering vehicles, 13 UAVs, etc.
Since the beginning, Azerbaijan lost 790 soldiers and 1,900 were wounded. 180 were lost near Qarvachar (Kelbecer)
137 Azeri tanks and vehicles were shot. 71 drones. 7 helicopters. 1 plane (Azeri plane that was shot yesterday).
https://www.facebook.com/ArtsakhInformation/videos/814077582677908/?epa=SEARCH_BOX
https://www.facebook.com/ArmenianUnifiedInfoCentevideos/719737225551765/
22:10: BREAKING: a new video showing the destruction of an Azeri military fleet that was transporting ammunition. It's engulfed in fire.
https://t.me/infocomm/21390
22:54: how about a video showing the destruction of two Azeri drones simultaneously?
https://youtu.be/n_uflQAqHic
23:03 Telegram news citing its sources, not yet confirmed independently: this is the hospital where they bring many of the wounded Azeri soldiers. Every hour, there are 3-4 long columns of emergency vehicles arriving. The lines are long and no one is allowed to enter, not even the family members, presumably to conceal the scale of the losses from the Azerbaijani public.
https://t.me/reartsakh/3722
 

How did the world respond today?

European Parliament deputy-speaker Fabio Castaldo urged the EU to condemn the "Azeri aggression against Artsakh" and the targeting of civilians. "The EU should impose sanctions if a ceasefire is rejected". He also criticized Erdogan's actions.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029449.html
U.S. Democrats warn Turkey over involvement in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict
https://thehill.com/policy/international/518737-democrats-warn-turkey-over-involvement-in-azerbaijan-armenia-conflict
U.S. Congresswoman Dina Titus condemned Azeri attacks and Turkey's support for aggression. "Turkey should stop sending arms and fighters to Azerbaijan."
https://twitter.com/repdinatitus/status/1310636287918067716?s=20
Joe Biden wants Donald Trump to demand Turkey to stay away from the conflict.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029508.html
The UK and Canada are very concerned about the escalation. U.S.'s Mike Pompeo met a Greek colleague to discuss regional issues during which he called for a ceasefire. He was joined by the UN Human Rights committee, France, etc. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029434.html
The speaker of the Cyprus Parliament joined in the condemnation of Turkish aggression. He sent "warm feelings and wished Armenians success."
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029417.html
UK baroness Caroline Cox condemned the Azeri aggression. "Azerbaijan once again launched a massive, irregular attack."
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029490.html
Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Turkey has unofficially joined the Karabakh war.
https://www.ng.ru/cis/2020-09-28/5_7975_war.html
https://factor.am/288436.html
Famous Russia-based pro-Kremlin Russian-Armenian political analyst Karen Shahnazarov: "Is Russia an empire, or a merchant that sells oil and vaccines?..."
https://factor.am/288537.html
World soccer champion Yuri Djorkaeff's brother sent a letter to French president Macron urging him to condemn the Azeri/Turkish/mercenary aggression.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029450.html
The Turkish currency Lira hit a new low after yesterday's record low. $1 = 7.83 L. That's a 24% loss this year.
"The fear is that Turkey, whose economy is on its knees and is actively engaged in escalating conflicts in northern Syria, and with Greece in the Mediterranean, could get dragged into yet another regional conflict [Artsakh] it can ill afford, either politically or economically,” said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029452.html
https://www.google.com/amp/s/ahvalnews.com/turkish-lira/turkish-lira-hits-record-low-after-azerbaijan-armenia-clashes-erupt%3famp
Turkish govt propaganda presented a Serb actor as a mercenary hired by Armenia.
🤡https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029473.html
Reporters Without Borders has condemned the use of a drone to intimidate Armenian journalists. The incident happened yesterday. No one was injured.
https://twitter.com/RSF_en/status/1310989165048270849
Kanye West said he's praying for Armenia. Khloe Kardashian will raise awareness about Azeri aggression.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029380.html , https://factor.am/288525.html
U.S. Congressman Jason Crow condemned the Azeri aggression and urged Turkey not to aid them.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029421.html
 
some non-military news now

COVID stats

+2,886 tested. +327 infected. +1 death. +184 healed. 4,798 active. 289,047 tested.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029390.html

transactions and taxations

LHK leader Edmon Marukyan urged Armenians to continue to spend and live their lives as normal instead of saving the money, so the government can collect its tax and pay the bills.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1029384.html

The economy is recovering after COVID

Economic Activity Index +7.4% in August vs July. Industrial output +8%. Construction +30%. Trade +0.4%. Deflation -0.1%. Foreign trade +6%. Exports +3%. Imports +7%.
https://news.am/arm/news/604772.html
 
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2020.09.29 21:17 Whispersilk Pooka (Gamma)

Personal Information

Name: Pooka
Birthday: February 1, 2020
Tier: Gamma
Previous RTs: Alpha, Bravo
Alignment: Neutral
Appearance: Pooka stands three feet tall, with a prehensile feline tail of the same length. Its body is covered in short white fur, and it has digitigrade legs and long arms that end in five-fingered hands. Two large, mobile ears sit on top of its head, and it has a short, blunt snout. Its face is dominated by two large eyes with dilated pupils, which can be moved independently and are set at angles that give Pooka a 250° maximum field of view.
Background: Pooka was "born" in the Library of Congress during the White Event, mystical energy coalescing to draw them from the void. Since then, it has been living unseen within the Library and using it as its base of operations.
Skills: Pooka can read, write, and understand English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, and Russian. It has an unpowered reading speed of 1,000 words per minute; has a surface-level knowledge of most subjects and more detailed knowledge of computers and technological systems; can type at 400 words per minute; and has hyperphantasia. Pooka is extremely good at logic and spatial reasoning puzzles.
 

Powers

Manaform: Pooka is made of mana. It has no mass: anyone can pick it up and throw it with as much ease as a feather; even the most precarious of footholds can support them; and it has no terminal velocity and takes no fall damage. It doesn't need food, water, air, or sleep; is unaffected by heat and cold; and cannot be targeted by telekinesis. Any matter it consumes is annihilated. Anti-magic fields double its reaction time and increase its recovery interval to infinity, and counterspells strike it like tank-level blows. Pooka can see mana and spells.
Pooka can run at up to 100 mph and stick to walls and ceilings, has a combat speed of 125 mph and 20 millisecond reactions, and can lift up to 300 pounds and manipulate it with ease. It has no vital organs and can survive so long as more than 50% of its body remains in one piece, recovering over the course of a week.
Pooka can change shape into any creature between a mouse and an elephant in size. This change takes two milliseconds and is purely cosmetic; Pooka retains the same coloration, weight, strength, and speed as in its normal form. When in another creature's shape, Pooka can make any sounds it can make and make use of any senses it possesses.
Omniglot: Pooka can understand anything being said by a person that understands what they are saying. It can speak by pushing ideas and impressions into the minds of people it can see within 100 meters.
Compound Mind: Pooka has a perfect memory and can give its full attention to each of up to 60 simultaneous trains of thought. It has superhuman pattern recognition and reasoning abilities.
Invisible Hand: Each of Pooka's minds can telekinetically lift and manipulate an object or group of objects, weighing up to ten pounds and within both 20 meters and line of sight, with as much speed and dexterity as Pooka could manually. Objects weighing more than ten pounds can be manipulated with up to ten pounds of force.
Distorted Lens: Once per reaction time, each of Pooka's minds can overwrite the sensory input of a person in their line of sight or currently under this effect with sensory data from a scene of Pooka's choosing. This scene is rendered for the target as if it were real, accounting for additional senses, and lasts for one of their reaction times or for 250 milliseconds with their awareness and consent. Pooka gets access to the replaced sensory input. A tank-level blow or stagger-level pain against a non-consenting target will dispel the illusory scene and keep them from being targeted by it again for one second. No person can be targeted by this ability more than once per reaction time.
Wellspring: Magic users touching Pooka can deal Pooka a tank-level blow instead of consuming mana or a spell slot to cast spells, and Pooka can draw from its own body to cast magic in the same way. Unless stated otherwise, Pooka's spells can be cast on objects within both 100 meters and line of sight and lasting spells can be cast on objects currently under their effect.
Name Effect Cost
Animate For the next ten seconds, grants an inanimate object a soul, causing powers and effects to treat it as a living being. A soul can provide objects up to 5 MW of power. Unphased
Beat Creates a baseball-sized orb of mana and launches it at up to 250 mph. The orb strikes the first thing it touches for up to 5 kJ. Unphased
Enflame Engulfs up to one square meter of an object with flames that burn at up to 1,600°F and impart up to 125 kW/m2 up to that temperature. Flames last for half a second and can't be extinguished. Tank
Fission Splits a mind from Pooka's body and infuses it into a sigil or network of sigils on a single object. The mind shares Pooka's memories and, though incapable of casting spells, can use all of Pooka's other abilities on any clairvoyant volume bounded by the sigils it infuses. Destroying all such sigils kills the mind. It takes Pooka one hour to grow a replacement mind. Stagger
Scry Inscribes a sigil between five millimeters and a meter in size on an inanimate object, taking one second per MJ of that object's durability. Sigils last until they are broken, and Pooka maintains awareness of each sigil's location. Inscribing multiple sigils on an object grants Pooka clairvoyance of the volume bounded by the sigils. Clairvoyance counts as line of sight, with distance from the sigil counted as distance from Pooka. If an object with multiple sigils on it is broken into pieces, the sigils will remain connected as long as they are within 50 meters of each other. Stagger
Weld Fuses two touching, nonliving objects together at the points where they touch. Tank
 

Equipment

Pooka has a laptop, a smartphone, $12,000 cash, and $150,000 in cryptocurrency. They also rent a small business space month to month under a fake name. The space has a gigabit internet connection, and Pooka has wired up a nest of twelve computers with monitors and input devices. Scrying sigils are placed in each corner of the room and in the hallway outside the door.
 

Feats

  • Can stand on falling leaves and walk on water.
  • Could throw a grown man 1,045 feet.
  • Edited two people out of each other's senses, leaving them unaware of one another even when they collided.
  • Can jump 159 feet straight up and 1,045 feet horizontally.
  • Prevented someone from feeling that they were drunk until they stumbled and hit their head.
  • Read Wikipedia.
  • Animated a camera and edited itself out of that camera's field of view.
  • Animated a computer to log a person's keystrokes and steal their password.
  • Solved a 7x7x7 Rubik's cube in under five seconds.
  • Lifted a washing machine with telekinesis from multiple minds working together.
 

Timeline

Date Event
February 1, 2020 Is born at the Library of Congress.
Meets Nico Preston and Victoria Assad. Learns to read.
February 2, 2020 Meets Amanda Watkins. Learns about the internet.
March 2, 2020 Interacts with Sophia Little over email.
March 19, 2020 Acquires a laptop. Accidentally reveals itself to a hostile meta.
March 25, 2020 Meets Emily Booth and observes her magic.
April 2, 2020 Breaks a number of prisoners out of Folsom State Prison.
Early September, 2020 Steals information from a cartel leader. Interacts with Colette Du Froid.
Reveals the existence of magic to Amanda Watkins and connects her with Emily Booth.
November 7, 2020 Tails the mobster Arnie Kemp and learns the key code to his base of operations.
November 22, 2020 Contracts Ringer to infiltrate Arnie Kemp's base.
November 27, 2020 Works with Ringer to steal information and two prototype weapons from Arnie Kemp's base.
December 18, 2020 Acquires a business space in Washington, D.C.
Late January, 2021 Joins forces with a group of heroes to investigate a water park and rescue a hostage.
February 6, 2021 Successfully copies Emily Booth's Mana Push spell.
Late March, 2021 Assists Keegan Rockwell in obtaining a legal ID.
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2020.09.29 19:08 maryjanes_AK47 The Devil's Quran- Synopsis and Review

As described within the text's introduction, The Devil's Quran (Qūran Ash-Shaitān) was acquired by Martinet Press in 2011 in the form of photographs supplied by a thusfar anonymous freelance journalist returning from Iraq. The text (written in Arabic) had marks referencing The University of Karbala, and appeared to trace back to the mid 18th century. While it's implied the date was exact, no specific date is cited. The names of the author as well as the retrieving journalist are either unknown, or in the case of the latter unavailable to the public, which has caused a shadow of doubt to be cast over the document's authenticity. Martinet Press has acknowledged this ambiguity, and expressed their desire for the individual reader to read and decide for themself. It should be noted that much, if not all, of the text appears to be written from the perspective of The Nameless God (aka Shaitan)- in which case the original author should instead be considered more a scribe than anything else.
The introduction describes how the first four pages are taken directly from the Quran (specifically the Suras Al-Fatiha and Al-Baqara) but on the fifth page the text's penmanship and content change dramatically. Influences throughout the text appear to have been drawn from Islam and Suphism, the Torah, Zoroastrianism, Persian theology, Hermeticism, Gnosticism, and the Greek Magical Papyri grimoire- and are mentioned mostly in the text's annotations.
The first and foremost purpose of this text (both in the original document and in the intentions of the publisher) is to put forth a serious, devotional, and instructive booklet on the subject of Islamic LHP theory and study. This is not a text concerned with either self-deification or indulgence.
SURA AL-MAJD (The Glory)
A short devotional prayer filled with titles and honorifics that resembles a passage of the Quran. This section identifies the deity of the text as "The Nameless God".
SURA AL-NAR (The Fire)
This chapter names the pantheon's primary villain- "The Blind One". Casually, this deity is easily equated to Allah/Yahweh, however text annotations compare it to the Gnostic figure Skalas (Jewish demiurge). This chapter also references Azazel ("The Rough God") as a/the Shaitan in an alternate interpretation of the Exodus from Egypt as found within the Old Testament. Overall this chapter outlines conflict between The Nameless God and The Blind One, as well as a responsibility for the human to choose between them. This is the first entry to portray the dualistic outlook that continues to appear throughout the document.
SURA AL-HARB (The War)
Contains the creation story of the Shaitanic (or Shaitani, or Nameless?) theology, as well as passages reinforcing war with The Blind One and its followers. Notably, the creation story tells of the emergence of two "aeons" from the void, one of darkness and the other light. This means that darkness and the void are considered separate concepts- an interesting perspective that does not appear to mesh with some of Martinet Press's other published works.
SURA AL-ASRAR (The Secrets)
The first half of this chapter describes knowledge the Nameless God has given to humanity, and among other examples tells a story of Suleiman (Soloman) marrying and learning from a djinn. Textual annotations note that this particular tale is thusfar unknown to Judaism and Islam, and may be a heterodoxic retelling of the story of the Queen of Sheba. The second half offers ritual instructions, including various names for The Nameless and the first mention of The Children (offspring deities from The Nameless God).
SURA AL-AWLAD (The Children)
Presents a pantheon at the helm of which sits The Nameless God. It has three gharāniq (divine goddesses), who are also its daughters and consorts, the foremost of which is Allat (typically associated with Lilith). This chapter also describes sacred information for seven personified planets. Adherents are advised to always first invoke The Nameless by one of its titles, and to invoke always with respect and awe.
SURA AL-ARSH (The Throne)
Describes the exotic and entrancing realm of The Nameless God, which is also the site of the afterlife of the adherent (often referred to as "The Chosen"). The paradise depicted is radically different from traditional Islamic images of the afterlife- the text tells of violent, glorious war whilst bedecked in the finest of glistening arms and armor. Furthermore, it claims the flesh of The Chosen will become brilliant and unyielding like iron or steel. Death and arrival into the afterlife is described as a perilous experience, with the faithful protected by the ranks of their brethren while the faithless are said to be "as a newborn, weak and tender."
SURA AL-DHULM (The Darkness)
Begins by continuing to describe the city of The Nameless God. The text quickly turns to the topic of hellfire, specifically the idea of it being a purifying thing as opposed to a punitive one. This section further contains instructions for ritual prayer and specifies actions (usually acts of hostility) that bring the approval of The Nameless onto The Chosen. Notably, it also tells of the desire of The Children to possess practitioners and how this is in fact a good thing.
SURA AL-TAJ (The Crown)
This chapter rails against The Blind One and its followers and prophets, and calls out Muhammad and Isa (Jesus) for pedophilia. Later parts of the chapter describe how The Chosen must treat their peers, as well as how to live and interact in a world run by Christians and Muslims.
SURA AL-MUQODOS (The Holy)
Presents three new deities and one new aspect of The Nameless. This chapter elaborates on the nature of The Children and provides suggestions for shrine building.
SURA AL-LAIL (The Night)
A short protective prayer.
INVOCATIONS
The text provides two invocations, the second twice the length of the first. Both are more linguistically cumbersome than the rest of the document.
INSTRUCTIONS
This section is occupied by practical directions for sacred activities. There is a short section for each of the following topics: Ritual Washing, Daily Prayer, Daily Devotions, a general section on ritual sacrifice (livestock or one's own blood seem to be the subjects of choice), and a section each for Minor and Major sacrifice.
I would further add that anyone intending to buy this text has a responsibility to educate themselves on the practices and affiliations of Martinet Press, so as to be an informed and responsible consumer. I have a previous post that gets into this topic a bit more. Secondly, both myself and Martinet Press are interested in hearing from you if you've had any experience with the rituals in this book. Please exercise caution.
To conclude, I find myself fascinated by this book. It has so far struck me as both a somber and paradoxically uplifting read, and the tone in which it was written leads me to believe it is indeed an authentic text- although perhaps not an extraordinarily old one. Given how syncretic the document is I can't say I'd be particularly surprised if some parts are older than others.
I hope Martinet finds themselves able to release the book's accompanying images as I'd be very interested in seeing them.
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2020.09.29 08:25 maryjanes_AK47 The Devil's Quran- Synopsis and Review

As described within the text's introduction, The Devil's Quran (Qūran Ash-Shaitān) was acquired by Martinet Press in 2011 in the form of photographs supplied by a thusfar anonymous freelance journalist returning from Iraq. The text (written in Arabic) had marks referencing The University of Karbala, and appeared to trace back to the mid 18th century. While it's implied the date was exact, no specific date is cited. The names of the author as well as the retrieving journalist are either unknown, or in the case of the latter unavailable to the public, which has caused a shadow of doubt to be cast over the document's authenticity. Martinet Press has acknowledged this ambiguity, and expressed their desire for the individual reader to read and decide for themself. It should be noted that much, if not all, of the text appears to be written from the perspective of The Nameless God (aka Shaitan)- in which case the original author should instead be considered more a scribe than anything else.
The introduction describes how the first four pages are taken directly from the Quran (specifically the Suras Al-Fatiha and Al-Baqara) but on the fifth page the text's penmanship and content change dramatically. Influences throughout the text appear to have been drawn from Islam and Suphism, the Torah, Zoroastrianism, Persian theology, Hermeticism, Gnosticism, and the Greek Magical Papyri grimoire- and are mentioned mostly in the text's annotations.
The first and foremost purpose of this text (both in the original document and in the intentions of the publisher) is to put forth a serious, devotional, and instructive booklet on the subject of Islamic LHP theory and study. This is not a text concerned with either self-deification or indulgence.
SURA AL-MAJD (The Glory)
A short devotional prayer filled with titles and honorifics that resembles a passage of the Quran. This section identifies the deity of the text as "The Nameless God".
SURA AL-NAR (The Fire)
This chapter names the pantheon's primary villain- "The Blind One". Casually, this deity is easily equated to Allah/Yahweh, however text annotations compare it to the Gnostic figure Skalas (Jewish demiurge). This chapter also references Azazel ("The Rough God") as a/the Shaitan in an alternate interpretation of the Exodus from Egypt as found within the Old Testament. Overall this chapter outlines conflict between The Nameless God and The Blind One, as well as a responsibility for the human to choose between them. This is the first entry to portray the dualistic outlook that continues to appear throughout the document.
SURA AL-HARB (The War)
Contains the creation story of the Shaitanic (or Shaitani, or Nameless?) theology, as well as passages reinforcing war with The Blind One and its followers. Notably, the creation story tells of the emergence of two "aeons" from the void, one of darkness and the other light. This means that darkness and the void are considered separate concepts- an interesting perspective that does not appear to mesh with some of Martinet Press's other published works.
SURA AL-ASRAR (The Secrets)
The first half of this chapter describes knowledge the Nameless God has given to humanity, and among other examples tells a story of Suleiman (Soloman) marrying and learning from a djinn. Textual annotations note that this particular tale is thusfar unknown to Judaism and Islam, and may be a heterodoxic retelling of the story of the Queen of Sheba. The second half offers ritual instructions, including various names for The Nameless and the first mention of The Children (offspring deities from The Nameless God).
SURA AL-AWLAD (The Children)
Presents a pantheon at the helm of which sits The Nameless God. It has three gharāniq (divine goddesses), who are also its daughters and consorts, the foremost of which is Allat (typically associated with Lilith). This chapter also describes sacred information for seven personified planets. Adherents are advised to always first invoke The Nameless by one of its titles, and to invoke always with respect and awe.
SURA AL-ARSH (The Throne)
Describes the exotic and entrancing realm of The Nameless God, which is also the site of the afterlife of the adherent (often referred to as "The Chosen"). The paradise depicted is radically different from traditional Islamic images of the afterlife- the text tells of violent, glorious war whilst bedecked in the finest of glistening arms and armor. Furthermore, it claims the flesh of The Chosen will become brilliant and unyielding like iron or steel. Death and arrival into the afterlife is described as a perilous experience, with the faithful protected by the ranks of their brethren while the faithless are said to be "as a newborn, weak and tender."
SURA AL-DHULM (The Darkness)
Begins by continuing to describe the city of The Nameless God. The text quickly turns to the topic of hellfire, specifically the idea of it being a purifying thing as opposed to a punitive one. This section further contains instructions for ritual prayer and specifies actions (usually acts of hostility) that bring the approval of The Nameless onto The Chosen. Notably, it also tells of the desire of The Children to possess practitioners and how this is in fact a good thing.
SURA AL-TAJ (The Crown)
This chapter rails against The Blind One and its followers and prophets, and calls out Muhammad and Isa (Jesus) for pedophilia. Later parts of the chapter describe how The Chosen must treat their peers, as well as how to live and interact in a world run by Christians and Muslims.
SURA AL-MUQODOS (The Holy)
Presents three new deities and one new aspect of The Nameless. This chapter elaborates on the nature of The Children and provides suggestions for shrine building.
SURA AL-LAIL (The Night)
A short protective prayer.
INVOCATIONS
The text provides two invocations, the second twice the length of the first. Both are more linguistically cumbersome than the rest of the document.
INSTRUCTIONS
This section is occupied by practical directions for sacred activities. There is a short section for each of the following topics: Ritual Washing, Daily Prayer, Daily Devotions, a general section on ritual sacrifice (livestock or one's own blood seem to be the subjects of choice), and a section each for Minor and Major sacrifice.
I would further add that anyone intending to buy this text has a responsibility to educate themselves on the practices and affiliations of Martinet Press, so as to be an informed and responsible consumer. I have a previous post that gets into this topic a bit more. Secondly, both myself and Martinet Press are interested in hearing from you if you've had any experience with the rituals in this book. Please exercise caution.
To conclude, I find myself fascinated by this book. It has so far struck me as both a somber and riveting read, and the tone in which it was written leads me to believe it is indeed an authentic text- although perhaps not an extraordinarily old one. Given how syncretic the document is, I wouldn't really be surprised if some parts are older than others. I would also be curious to hear from those who disagree. To fully understand this text a strong knowledge of the Quran (and honestly several other documents and beliefs) is required, something that I'm quite lacking in. Therefore I'd be even happier to hear from someone who has experience with the Quran and Islamic heretical thought.
I hope Martinet finds themselves able to release the book's accompanying images as I'd be very interested in seeing them.
EDIT. Formatting and spelling
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2020.09.26 12:00 saintkimpablo US CITIZENS: Please Register to Vote and Other Voting Info

We think it's important, more than ever this year, to try and make a difference. Especially when one of our star's husband is trying to make the election even more convoluted than it already is, please don't give them that attention. Please.
But that's not the point of this post!

Registering to vote takes about a minute or two, please do it here!: Vote.gov

If you're are US Citizen and 18 years old (even 17 in some states but it's very specific, still worth taking a look at) or simply have never registered to vote before, please do it! It's so quick and easy, if only voting was that easy everywhere! Don't put it off just because it's a minute or two! If you only do one thing on this list today, please let it be your voter registration! You can even just look to see if you're registered for fun! I did 🙈

Some voting info to keep in mind:

The election is 38 days away on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020.
Absentee Voting and COVID-19: Here is a page on what different states are doing regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and how to request an absentee ballot in case that your state allows you to: Vote.org COVID-19 Make sure you send it off as soon as possible too or know where to drop it off!
Polling Place Locator: It is definitely not to early to think about where you are going to be voting in person, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic! Some counties are literally opening up empty stadiums for voting(which is actually really cool) so definitely look at your options here: Vote.org Polling Place Locator
Early Voting Dates: To find out when to early vote if your state allows it(which is CRAZY, I didn't know you couldn't in every state, that's sick) try this page: Vote.org Early Voting Calendar
Voter Identification Laws: Here's a website that lists acceptable forms of ID for your state, make sure to have everything!: Ballotpedia Voter Identification Laws by State
Sample Ballot Lookup: If you're lucky enough to be able to do absentee voting, that's like when you get a take home test and you can just look up the answers, but in this case it's the people on the ballot, so cool!(Can you tell I'm jealous?)
But for the many of us that can't and have to be bombarded by the people giving out little flyers and pamphlets in parking lots that you're never going to look at again and then blank out in the polling place(I've never done that, ever), look up a sample ballot for your area! You can do that here already: Ballotpedia Sample Ballot Lookup
Voter Guides in Different Languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Your Voting Rights:

You can also report voter intimidation at the phone numbers above.

Finally, please make your voice heard! 🗳️🎆🗳️

It's so easy to be cynical about voting in this country, believe me, my first Presidential Election was in 2016. But it's definitely not the year to sit this one out. We hope you find this post informative. Thank you for reading! ❤️
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2020.09.26 03:05 saintkimpablo US CITIZENS: Please Register to Vote and Other Voting Info

We think it's important, more than ever this year, to try and make a difference. Especially when one of our star's husband is trying to make the election even more convoluted than it already is, please don't give them that attention. Please.
But that's not the point of this post!

Registering to vote takes about a minute or two, please do it here!: Vote.gov

If you're are US Citizen and 18 years old (even 17 in some states but it's very specific, still worth taking a look at) or simply have never registered to vote before, please do it! It's so quick and easy, if only voting was that easy everywhere! Don't put it off just because it's a minute or two! If you only do one thing on this list today, please let it be your voter registration! You can even just look to see if you're registered for fun! I did 🙈

Some voting info to keep in mind:

The election is 39 days away on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020.
Absentee Voting and COVID-19: Here is a page on what different states are doing regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and how to request an absentee ballot in case that your state allows you to: Vote.org COVID-19 Make sure you send it off as soon as possible too or know where to drop it off!
Polling Place Locator: It is definitely not to early to think about where you are going to be voting in person, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic! Some counties are literally opening up empty stadiums for voting(which is actually really cool) so definitely look at your options here: Vote.org Polling Place Locator
Early Voting Dates: To find out when to early vote if your state allows it(which is CRAZY, I didn't know you couldn't in every state, that's sick) try this page: Vote.org Early Voting Calendar
Voter Identification Laws: Here's a website that lists acceptable forms of ID for your state, make sure to have everything!: Ballotpedia Voter Identification Laws by State
Sample Ballot Lookup: If you're lucky enough to be able to do absentee voting, that's like when you get a take home test and you can just look up the answers, but in this case it's the people on the ballot, so cool!(Can you tell I'm jealous?)
But for the many of us that can't and have to be bombarded by the people giving out little flyers and pamphlets for local elections in parking lots that you're never going to look at again and then blank out in the polling place(I've never done that, ever), look up a sample ballot for your area! You can do that here already: Ballotpedia Sample Ballot Lookup
Voter Guides in Different Languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Your Voting Rights:

You can also report voter intimidation at the phone numbers above.

Finally, please make your voice heard! 🗳️🎆🗳️

It's so easy to be cynical about voting in this country, believe me, my first Presidential Election was in 2016. But it's definitely not the year to sit this one out. We hope you find this post informative. Thank you for reading! ❤️
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