first published on February 1, 2019 by Josh
Weird things happen when you are stranded in the middle of the desert, thousands of miles from home, with nothing but time on your hands. When civilians ask you what the war was like, they’re expecting you to come out with something straight out of a Hollywood film. In reality, 90% of most combat deployments in the Global War on Terror were spent actively going insane from boredom, working out in homemade gyms, and thinking of inventive ways to make your water cold using a sock.
No one group of troops in the coalition can lay claim to the boredom caused by inactivity in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Australians, Brits, Americans, and even the Canadians had countless numbers of troops fall victim to mind numbing boredom brought on by standing by to stand by in the desert heat. What happens when troops get bored?
In the past, we would throw rocks at stuff, maybe capture an enemy’s new piece of technology and play with it until we figured out how it worked. In this day and age, we get our cameras and video editing software out and record music videos to send back home to our friends and family to let them know that we are absolutely fine, and that our greatest enemy is just keeping our brains occupied with something.