Linda Maye Adams

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Writer’s Smart Book


I published three new stories over the weekend, and it made me realize I needed some kind of information sheet for them.  There were a lot of moving parts! The military had what was called a “Smart Book.”  It refers to a book the trainees were given in Basic Training.  We kept it in our …

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Drill Sergeants–Respect Them and Hate Them


I had to work pretty hard to find this photo.  I went through 15 pages of Air Force photos, and I could only find one of a woman that wasn’t very good.  Fortunately, DOD did have the photo below, though it was the same problem–a lot of awesome photos, but women were nowhere to be …

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Daily Life in the Military: Breakfast


Even with something like breakfast, which seems simple, the Army had its own way of doing things. Once we got done with physical training (PT), we had 90 minutes to eat and get dressed. Some of the married soldiers went home to eat and change. For the soldiers living in the barracks, we came back …

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Waking up, Military Style


The image everyone probably has of the army waking up in the morning is what you see in the movies. Drill Sergeant flips on the lights to an open barracks of bunk bears. He marches down the middle, banging an aluminum trash and scream for the soldiers to wake up. Maybe upending a soldier’s mattress …

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Time, Military Style


The Desert Storm veterans have been discussing military time. Some still use it 25 years later. My father uses it off and on, though he was never in the military. Military time is 24 hour time. That is, once you hit 1:00 in the afternoon, military time continues the numbers, so 1:00 becomes 1300. It’s …

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Desert Storm: We Move Yet Again


We weren’t long at Camel Race Track before we had to move again. Apparently, the Saudis were getting ready to race the camels, so we were outta there! Our next stop put us within 70 kilometers of the border of Kuwait, which translates out as 43 miles. I’m very glad I didn’t translate that number while …

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The Origins of Military Cadences


One of the first things in Basic Training the Drill Sergeants did was march us.  We marched everywhere — to the mess hall, to the ranges, to the barracks.  To help keep us in step, and in some cases, just to keep going, the Drill Sergeants called cadences. You’ve probably seen them if you watch …

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Scariest thing that happened to me in the army


I’ve had a few really scary things happen to me, one which was intentional on the army’s part, and the others a function of the environment.  So this is going to be the first of three posts on those scary things. As the last part of basic training at Fort Dix, NJ, we had to …

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Can an MRE be counted as Food?


One of the things that can really wreck morale or get soldiers complaining are meals. The army generally has thought of feeding soldiers as giving them “three squares.” I’ll bet if you’re thinking about eating, you’re either looking through the fridge for something to make or considering dashing off to a restaurant. If you choose …

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hauling soldiers in a Cattle Car (video)


If we couldn’t march somewhere in Basic Training because it was too far, we used a cattle car. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Here’s a video, though we did not moo: The drill sergeants put 87 women on the one we used in Basic Training.  One time we were in the green rain …

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