Boot camp gets pretty hard, but many recruits find that throughout the ordeal they … can’t.
It is a longstanding rumor across the services that the sudden onset of impotence experienced by new enlistees is a result of being drugged with potassium nitrate, more commonly known as “saltpeter.” Allegedly, the ionic salt has been used for generations. The cooks in the dining facility at boot camp, or basic training, supposedly sprinkle the substance into all the food to prevent male recruits from getting too excited. You know, because sexual urges are the military’s real enemy.
“We are such rampantly virile men that those in command fear us and what we might do if left unchecked,” Snopes writes.
The inability of newly minted service members to “rise to the occasion” is all too common a phenomenon. Between 2004 and 2013, erectile dysfunction affected approximately 10,000 active duty servicemen every year, according to Military.com.
The truth is, they aren’t lacing the chow hall food with anaphrodisiacs. If they were, it certainly isn’t saltpeter, which doesn’t actually decrease sexual urges at all. In fact, it is more likely to be found in gunpowder or fertilizer than your meal.
But the notion itself does certainly help to create camaraderie around a shared experience. The myth builds up the egos of the unit, since virility is seen as such a large part of what makes men, well, men.
The real reason for the impotence is likely the pure exhaustion from the rigors of basic training, change in environment, new diet, and stress, according to Snopes.
Erectile dysfunction can be caused by a number of factors both physical and psychological. Mental health conditions like stress and anxiety can also impact how your brain triggers a normal bodily response. Simply put, your brain might get the call to attention, but your … soldier may not stand.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina.)
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy, a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is the first female company fire support officer to serve in an infantry brigade combat team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston (Photo by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)
Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.
So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.