The Army has determined that the soldiers in a January YouTube allegedly shown firing on what appears to be a civilian truck acted in line with the rules of engagement, Army Criminal Investigation Command told Vice News.
In addition to round-the-clock drinking, barbecuing, and restaurant-hopping in search of free and cheap eats, holiday weekends also mean last-minute safety briefs. A tradition all its own, a safety brief is a three- to five-minute preemptive ass-chewing, where an exhausted-looking platoon commander or sergeant begs his troops not to act like savages over the long weekend: “Don’t drink and drive, don’t drink and surf, don’t drink and skydive — if you do skydive, bring a parachute. If you do get too drunk, call (number of the poor schmuck on duty). If you see me at the bar, don’t talk to me. I hate you all.”
You can make a squirt gun out of almost any piece of random junk lying around your house, but Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer who worked on the Curiosity Rover, takes his tinkering to a whole other level.
Sometimes a controlled burst from a light machine gun just doesn’t cut it, which is why weapons manuals include detailed breakdowns on when a barrel change is recommended — like, say, after you fire 850 rounds from an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon in under a minute.