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Private Asper reporting for duty, Sir!


Asper Sarnoff

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Yep, on the 12th, I'll officially start my service in the army. 1 year obligatory service for all Norwegian males fit for it. Who knows, maybe I'll even consider staying for more?

Anyway, I'll probably be starting the journey on the Wednesday evening. In the intense training period before our first leave, around 7-8 weeks long, I can say quite certainly that I won't be able to keep contact. Mainly because it's adviced against bringing laptops in on the training period, as we're meant to use our spare time to bond with the rest of people in the batalion, and because we really don't have time to use it either. If I do get some time to spare, I'll try to get on using one of the public computers in the camp, but don't expect me to be able to talk to you all.

After the initial training period, things will get back a little more to normal. I'll bring my laptop, and be able to use it hopefully almost every day. I am fairly sure I won't be able to do much artistic work though. Perhaps a little writing, but I doubt more than that. I'm working franatically on finishing my last give-away render before I go, and I do hope I'll be able to finish it in time, or at least be able to post a WIP.

Apart from that, I don't really have much to say. I'm not going to write stuff about how nice my time here has been, because it definatively ain't over yet. I'll be back. But what I am going to do, is miss all my friends here deeply.

See you later, have fun, stay safe.

Signing of

Asper

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Have fun and more importantly, keep motivated. A trainee broke his hip trying to outrun my dad because he wasn't "motivated" enough. Hopefully you get a more lenient Drill Sergeant than my father was.

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Well... I guess all I can say is That you will be missed and We'll still be here when you come back...(not very creative when It comes to saying goodbyes)

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Guest Julius Quasar

Good Luck Asper, and congratulations!

Man, I'm still pissed off that the stupid military refused to conscript me for service.  Fools.

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See ya, Asper! I know I'll miss you, and can't wait till you come back. :)

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Thanks to everyone of you. I'm leaving any time now, so this will be the last you'll hear from me as a civilian for quite a while. Goodbye, I'm going to miss you all.

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Guest Julius Quasar

Thanks to everyone of you. I'm leaving any time now, so this will be the last you'll hear from me as a civilian for quite a while. Goodbye, I'm going to miss you all.

'bye, Asper, be safe, we'll miss you!

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Congratulations, good luck, and we all wish you the best!

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You're really brave Asper, I tip my hat to you Sir. Take care, stay safe, and see you when you get back! :)

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You're really brave Asper, I tip my hat to you Sir. Take care, stay safe, and see you when you get back! :)

Ditto! Best of luck to you, we'll miss you around here soldier!  :friends:

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Wow! Army huh? I actually have a cousin who's a former US Marine.

Well, I hope everything works out for ya! I think you'll do just fine there!

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  • 1 month later...

Hi folks. Long time no see huh? Well, can't say the public computers we have here at the camp have been exactly cooperative either. As I've said earlier, somewhere... I'll hopefully be easier able to keep contact when I get hold of my own laptop again. Our first permission to leave starts around the 30Th, so I'll hopefully manage to get home later that day.

So, how is it really in the Norwegian army? I'd be lying if I said it was easy and laid-back, that's for sure. Up around 05.45 every morning, and often going on with physically and mentally exhausting work till late evenings. Marches, physical exercises, target shooting(The Norwegian army just changed to HK 416 for those who wonder.), combat techniques and cleaning of equipment. It's impossible to get your head around if you haven't experienced it yourself, that's for sure. On the upside, I'm really starting to get in properly good shape.

As things are looking right now, I'll probably be receiving training as a "recoverer" after the initial recruit period, which formally ends somewhere next week.

What does that mean? Well, I'll most probably end up as the driver on one of the battalions two tank recovery vehicles. Weighting in at around 50 tonnes, with a whopping great bulldozer blade up front, and capable of pulling loose main battle tanks stuck up to their turrets in mud, this is one vehicle you don't want to stand in the way off. For those who have seen the Top Gear clip with Clarkson in an Evo being chased around by the British Army, the concept is similar to the "Trojan" as seen in that clip. Would be nice if someone could dig up a Youtube link in this thread.

As an ending to this post, I want to say I've been missing you all, and that I really look foreward to coming back fully.

Take care

Recruit Asper

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Hi folks. Long time no see huh? Well, can't say the public computers we have here at the camp have been exactly cooperative either. As I've said earlier, somewhere... I'll hopefully be easier able to keep contact when I get hold of my own laptop again. Our first permission to leave starts around the 30Th, so I'll hopefully manage to get home later that day.

So, how is it really in the Norwegian army? I'd be lying if I said it was easy and laid-back, that's for sure. Up around 05.45 every morning, and often going on with physically and mentally exhausting work till late evenings. Marches, physical exercises, target shooting(The Norwegian army just changed to HK 416 for those who wonder.), combat techniques and cleaning of equipment. It's impossible to get your head around if you haven't experienced it yourself, that's for sure. On the upside, I'm really starting to get in properly good shape.

As things are looking right now, I'll probably be receiving training as a "recoverer" after the initial recruit period, which formally ends somewhere next week.

What does that mean? Well, I'll most probably end up as the driver on one of the battalions two tank recovery vehicles. Weighting in at around 50 tonnes, with a whopping great bulldozer blade up front, and capable of pulling loose main battle tanks stuck up to their turrets in mud, this is one vehicle you don't want to stand in the way off. For those who have seen the Top Gear clip with Clarkson in an Evo being chased around by the British Army, the concept is similar to the "Trojan" as seen in that clip. Would be nice if someone could dig up a Youtube link in this thread.

As an ending to this post, I want to say I've been missing you all, and that I really look foreward to coming back fully.

Take care

Recruit Asper

I've seen those tank recovery vehicles can pull a m1 out of a ditch quiet a beast of a vehicle.
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Damn, Thats pretty harsh...

Hehe, sure is. But overall, it has also helped me realise how lucky most of us really are, how spoiled we've been or still are living in the civilian life. Definatively going to make me appreciate it much more when I get out again in 10 months time or so.

For those who have seen the Top Gear clip with Clarkson in an Evo being chased around by the British Army, the concept is similar to the "Trojan" as seen in that clip. Would be nice if someone could dig up a Youtube link in this thread.

Found it myself. WARNING, contains some light swearing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5rRY2ICT4k

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and that's why I'd rather drive a minivan instead of a puny little car bigger is better on the road :P

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