Anyone been to Afghanistan recently?

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  1. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    I may have an opportunity to deploy to Afghanistan. I'd be interested in hearing from people who have been there recently - what it's like, what to take, etc.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Shrink macrumors G3

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    No advice...just best wishes for your safety, good health, and safe return.:D
     
  3. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    It's still a war zone in a third world country, but now without US troops keeping the peace. Be fair warned.
     
  4. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    My buddy always asks me to send him 5-hour Energy drinks, and prior to him going, he has me tune up his laptop so he can watch a lot of movies. It makes me laugh to think he has time to watch movies. I mean, he's Special Forces and all... movies?
     
  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    You'd be surprised. Deployments are moments of excitement and/or sheer terror followed by hours/days/weeks of boredom.

    OP, have you been to Iraq?
     
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  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's a hole. Very dusty and dry. A decent pair of sunglasses is a must.
     
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    Dont shoot civillians, like this guy
    But im sure that goes without saying because most of the Macrumors people are nice :D

    Be safe.
     
  9. Naimfan thread starter macrumors 68040

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    That's exactly correct re deployments.

    I was in Desert Storm in the infantry, I'll be going to Afghanistan in a different branch.

    Thanks for all the good wishes - and sunglasses are already on the list!
     
  10. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Bring extra of everything ... esp. winter PTs (as you will have to turn in one set to laundry every few days). If you like certain brands of hygiene products, bring enough or know where to order online.
     
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    USStandardIssue.com offers discounts on good sunglasses for military & government employees. The savings are substantial.
     
  12. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Not knocking the link, but check anything on there to make sure it is on the APEL (Approved Protective Eyewear List) before ordering anything.
     
  13. Naimfan thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yep, I have the issued eyepro (from Sawfly) and would like something similar with a better prescription system - even if that means having the lenses made for the lens carrier.

    Also, now about 99% that I'll be going - just waiting on mobilization orders - already have orders for HST, RST, etc.
     
  14. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Personally, I like the ESS Ice Naros, and they work with prescriptions - but they were removed from the APEL.

    The Oakley SI Ballistic M and ESS Crossbow are nice as well - and both are Rx capable.
     
  15. Naimfan thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks - I'll check them out.

    Armor? (Ft. Knox, after all . . .)
     
  16. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I'm a public affairs NCO - but I am a spur-wearing Cav Trooper. ;)
     
  17. Naimfan thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Aha! I'm an EIB/CIB wearing former infantry type, now rebranched to 37A.
     
  18. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Ah, yes. MISO. Good times.
     
  19. treyjustice macrumors 65816

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    I've never been but I'm in the process of enlisting in the air force right now. I have a buddy who is a loadmaster and has been their multiple times. He loves it. Of course all he does is fly on C130s and drop supplies and stuff but still he is always trying to volunteer to go over their!

    be careful!
     
  20. SporkLover macrumors 6502

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    I'm glad you c-130's...... Their crews are the bastard children of the airlift community...... Their experience of deployment is a little different than a c17 or c5 crew.

    Is he in the 451 or 455 AEW?
     
  21. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    One of my friends described it as like being in a sauna 24-7, exempt it's mind glowingly dry, so prepare for that.

    He wasn't out there for long, but he said it was quite a life changing time for him.

    Best of luck.
     
  22. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    ...so really it's not like a sauna at all...?? :rolleyes: It's pretty hot in the summer, but the winter is no respite either. Windy as heck in some places.
     
  23. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    In the sense your clothes form a sauna around you, but the outside is dry, poor wording on my part.
     

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