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Terminal Lance #473 “OPFOR”


I’m gonna let you in on a little secret that you might not discover until you’re a coveted “Super Senior” Lance Corporal and most likely on your way out… OPFOR is one of the best times you’ll ever have on a field op.

This is when you’re told to dress up as a pretend terrorist and essentially annoy the rest of your platoon for 3 days speaking offensively fake, shitty Arabic and throwing rocks at them from the bushes while they patrol Bellows.

I recall being tasked with enacting the opposing force (OPFOR) during a trip to Bellows training area in Hawaii. I basically treated it like a long game of Metal Gear Solid–I laid elaborate traps and ambushes in the container villages (all “notional” of course) and annoyed my platoon so much they made me a blindfolded POW for a good 4 hours or so when they finally caught me.

It was a blast, to be honest, and probably the only time a field op is genuinely fun.

Do it for the goat virgins.

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

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