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#1 7 years ago

Headed to my first tour in Afghanistan sometime next week. As a sequel to my similarly-themed thread from Iraq, I'll take as many questions as I can handle!

Understand, however, that some of your questions I will either not answer, or have to be intentionally vague for security reasons.

Either way, what do you want me to answer first?




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#2 7 years ago

How does it feel to go there and risk your life when you know that NATO seems to be trying to get out as fast as possible?

What is your opinion on the use of artillery and air strikes in Afghanistan? Is it effective, is it a waste of money to calm the nerves of soldiers or maybe too risky due to terrorists using human shields?

Afghani women: hot or not?

What about Afghani beer?




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#3 7 years ago

Why do they call it a tour? Are you going sight-seeing primarily?=p How long do tours usually last though?

Be safe!




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#4 7 years ago

I won't be able to speak for beer, US forces "are not allowed" to drink on deployment. Wink wink...

It's hard to say about Afghani women, since there are tons of ethnic groups in that country. Some enclaves are clearly remanants of Alexander the Great, others of the Mongols. Some are, some aren't. Would I? Hell no.

Combat support is always a good resource to have, but it needs to be used responsibily. Our mission is two-fold: kill the Taliban, and win the Afghan population to our side. Killing the Taliban is easy, winning the Afghan population is not. Properly used, a 500lb JDAM can be a beautiful thing, and a strafe run from an A-10 is better than any fireworks display I've ever seen... But would I willingly risk the lives of civilians to kill one or two fighters? If there was a company sized element about to overrun my section, you're damn right I'd call in some support.

I volunteered for this deployment. I wanted to help out the young guys who have never deployed before, especially since Wardak is still the 'wild west'. My first concern is making sure that everyone I go over with comes back safe to their families. That said...

I think Afghanistan can still be won, from what I've heard from guys who have been there. I can't really judge working with NATO since this is my first deployment in support of a NATO organization. Does it suck that a lot of the governments who comitted troops to Afghanistan are trying to leave? Sure, I think it's rather short-sighted (look at the American talking about political-backlash, lol) but it is what it is. More to follow on that one.

Schofield;5564800Why do they call it a tour? Are you going sight-seeing primarily?=p How long do tours usually last though?

Be safe!

No idea man, that's what it's been called for ages... I bet there were a group of Roman soldiers sitting around a table in a tent in Gaul talking about their past tours as well.

A deployment now lasts 9 months, barring an emergency extension. Up until about a month ago, a deployment was usually 12 months, though there have been cases of units being extended for a few months after that. For example, during the 07-08 "Surge" in Iraq, some units were extended from 12 to 15 months.




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#5 7 years ago

So what are the strategies for winning over the Afghan population?




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#6 7 years ago

(I dont want to sound cliche but,) First off, thank you for your service.

Second, how do you feel about deployment and the war now that bin Laden is fish food?

Are you getting deployed with 'multicam'? (OEF-P or something now?) How Much of an improved, if any, is your gear since your last tour in Iraq?




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#7 7 years ago

Stratopwn3r;5564815(I dont want to sound cliche but,) First off, thank you for your service.

Second, how do you feel about deployment and the war now that bin Laden is fish food?

Are you getting deployed with 'multicam'? (OEF-P or something now?) How Much of an improved, if any, is your gear since your last tour in Iraq?

Yep, cliche, but thanks.

Bin Laden's death wasn't the end of the war. The end of the war, with a definite victory, is when the Afghan government is free of corruption and able to stand on it's own two feet.

Yes, we have multi-cam, known as OCP (Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern).

The gear is mostly the same, minus the uniform. I have a plate carrier now, which is a lighter weight body armor that only protects the vital organs. Fighting at 10,000ft in all kinds of weather requires mobility, after all. I'm glad to have it.




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#8 7 years ago

Missions start tomorrow. Weather has been chilly and rainy. Our FOB is in a valley surrounded by properly large mountains, snow on the peaks of them already. Family is shipping me my DSLR, so I should be getting some pictures for you guys soon as well.

Anything so far?




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#9 7 years ago

Good luck and keep your ass safe. Nothing more to say, really. Except: be careful when dropping the soap during shower time.




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#10 7 years ago

How long training a newcomer private has had when he's been deployed to Afghanistan?

How long are you allowed to sleep? How much free time you have? I imagine very long "working days" while under danger could be very exhaustive.

Do you ever have motivation problems?

Since heh, I am a Finnish army reservist and an unmotivated one at that (I don't think I'd have great motivation for combat even if my country was under attack - thanks a lot conscription!) So I've wondered if you sometimes feel you didn't give a crap, especially when you're on the other side of the globe!




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