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Terminal Lance #64 “Know your Role: Weapons Platoon”


In regards to my 0341 friends… no one knows what you guys actually do. The Mortarmen are easily the most precarious species of the Weapons breed. It’s easy to see Machinegunners at work, aloft in turrets in our many tactical vehicles or in some other bunkered down position behind a crew-served machine gun. Assaultmen, though slightly more dubious in nature, are also easy to notice at work, either down range launching rockets, demolitions or behind the armory doing gun drills with a SMAW. Our tube-stroking friends however are mysterious, taking their mortar systems and setting up out of sight, typically. When you do get a glimpse of them, it could be mistaken for some kind of dark ritual; laden with strange sticks in the ground, people yelling and running frantically in their drills.

During training though, it’s often that Mortarmen simply disappear. Whenever the platoon or company is training, it is always the Mortars go off in their own way, far away from the embedded Assault or Guns sections–to only be seen again after the range is declared cold.

Mortarmen are a strange animal, and I believe they are impossible to characterize as a result of their mysterious ways.

I don’t have a whole lot else to say, I think the new oddly placed hours of my classes and lack of sleep are getting to my brain. With that I bid thee farewell, and I will see you all on Friday!

Infantry Marine turned Combat Artist turned animator turned bestselling author turned dad.

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