Looking down the sight on a SAW

Looking down the sight on a SAW

Loading up mags at the range

Loading up mags at the range

Army word of the day:


Zonk (Verb)

Zonk is your favorite word in the whole wide world. Hearing zonk is like christmas day when you were a kid.

You see, zonk is only really said at one time, and that is morning PT formation. First I will explain morning PT formation. You have been up since 5 am or earlier, it is now 0630, and you are cold and tired. And to the best of your knowledge, you are about to go run 5 miles at a pace that should not be humanly possible. This is just about every normal weekday in the army. 

But every once in a blue moon, the first sergeant calls the company to attention as he always does, gets the report as he always does, then grins and yells “ZONK”.

At this point, all hell breaks loose. Imagine black friday at wal-mart. Elbows are thrown, privates are trampled, and war cries bellowed. Utter chaos not seen since the sack of Rome. This is because zonk means go home. As in, “I have decided that today is bullshit, go home until work call”.

Now some of you may be thinking “Thats cool, but why the pandemonium?”

Well, in the military, when you are released from work, you GTFO before someone changes their mind. Plus, its just kind of what you’re supposed to do. Unless you’re a new dick, in which case you are left to wonder WTF just happened. Because nobody ever explains what a zonk is. Ever. You just kind of figure it out.

 As for where the word came from, your guess is as good as mine. Its just so beautiful…

Another day at the range

Another day at the range

Serious training being serious

Serious training being serious

OPFOR rolls out to fuck shit up

OPFOR rolls out to fuck shit up

Hanging out on the parade field

Hanging out on the parade field

the color guards stands in front of the building we call the “white house”, while practicing for a battalion change of responsibility ceremony

the color guards stands in front of the building we call the “white house”, while practicing for a battalion change of responsibility ceremony

Major General McDonald greeting my commander after his retirement ceremony

Major General McDonald greeting my commander after his retirement ceremony

An ROK drill team performs for soldiers and civilians at the Korean national cemetery 

An ROK drill team performs for soldiers and civilians at the Korean national cemetery