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Old 09-13-2017, 05:20 AM
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Default Most Innovative Thing You've Seen In Your Military Career

I was only active duty four years ('66, '67, 68' 69') and I didn't see a lot of "new" equipment, but there were some things I did experience ...

I do remember going from manual typewriter to electric typewriter
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:33 PM
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Being in Marines wasnt much for innovation, but the hot field food truck was a great thing to see and appreciated!!
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Old 09-13-2017, 05:11 PM
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I only experienced "C" Rations, so I can't compare them to "K" Rations or MRE's ... but being in a headquarters unit and eating "C" Rations I gained weight.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:08 PM
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We ate C-rats too not bad at 21 days in a row but not a year, no thank you! The truck bringing (hot) or least real chow hall food (cold) was really good! put this look on my face steel pot and all!
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:51 PM
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Going from manual titrations and chemistry analysis on secondary systems to the "auto-titrator". Allegedly the thing would save time and be more accurate... Very innovative and utterly useless. We spent more time trying to get the thing calibrated and working correctly than we ever used doing everything manually. Plus, as one of the first boats to get it, we had to "verify" all results with...manual analysis...
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Going from manual titrations and chemistry analysis on secondary systems to the "auto-titrator". Allegedly the thing would save time and be more accurate... Very innovative and utterly useless. We spent more time trying to get the thing calibrated and working correctly than we ever used doing everything manually. Plus, as one of the first boats to get it, we had to "verify" all results with...manual analysis...
Sounds very "militaryish" had me dumbfounded!!
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The grenade launcher (from putting in on the end of the M1 and using a blank) to the "grenade launcher" itself was a great improvement.
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One of the most innovated was watching this Navy CB welding little pieces of metal for support on long flat trailers.
With what he did it aloud the trailer to support more of a load and tie down area.. You know I bet he didn't get the credit or payed for it..
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I switched over to the Computer Field as a reenlistment option in '69. At the time, all input was on punched cards. The field deployable computer was the IBM 1401 with 4k bytes of memory(about 4,100 characters). When I retired the bases had a full size commercial computer setup for rear area support and the IBM Series ONE desktop computer had been ruggedized and deployed out to the field, down to the company level. Updates for the base computers came from a central system software design location, i.e. SASSY(a supply system) was sent out from MCLB, Albany, GA, by a predecessor of the internet, a dedicated DOD network.
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When I was in basic training we started (and finished) with the M14 rifle. I was familiar with the M1 Grand from my ROTC high school days, so I thought this M14 was GREAT! The, some time during our basic they brought out the M16 and let us try it ... even on full auto.

Man, this was like having a Thomson sub in your hand. I tore up a telephone pole target and I thought ... WOW!

Got to Nam and heard nothing but complaints about the M16 ... jamming, mis-fire, wouldn't hold up, etc.

I don't know WHAT they use today. I've seen the pictures but I've never laid a hand on one.
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