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Re: Military Mascots (Real and Anthropomorphised) - a split thread
« Reply #50 on: January 18, 2016, 16:25:03 »
I too agree with Pusser on this one.

As for his point number 4, I intentionally misspelled the first word in the name because, it is the software for this site that automatically puts the *** to fill the here unspeakable word with which there is nothing wrong. As these fora attract non-navy types, I wanted to let them be able to figure out exactly which word we were talking about, hence the "caulk" for the short form of cockerel.


That, the censoring bit, is your choice. You can go to your Profile, highlight Modify Profile, click on Look and Layout and then check (✓) Leave words uncensored and, voila, you will then see the text the originator entered.
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as to have neither strength nor courage to contend for anything; to have nothing left worth defending and to give the name of peace to desolation.
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Re: Military Mascots (Real and Anthropomorphised) - a split thread
« Reply #51 on: January 18, 2016, 16:33:40 »
I did not know that ERC. Thank you.

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Re: Military Mascots (Real and Anthropomorphised) - a split thread
« Reply #52 on: January 18, 2016, 16:36:09 »
2)  Ships often had cats as mascots (some were stowaways - probably chasing rats on board) for both practical and morale reasons.


The adoption of cats as ratcatchers can be overdone and have follow-on effects.  When we had a camp in Ismailia (UNEF 2), there had originally been a rodent problem, so the informal use of felines was tolerated (maybe even semi-officially encouraged) until such time as the number of cats as pets (and unofficial unit mascots) could no longer be ignored.  Since there were no controls in place and nor any way to spay or neuter the animals already on the camp, it reached a tipping point when the feral cat population surpassed rats as a problem.  The directive was issued that pets could no longer be kept and that any "unauthorized" cats found at large were subject to capture, seizure, and destruction.  I specifically said "unauthorized" because two moggies were listed as authorized mascots.  One was the "Commander's cat" (I believe it had originally been the property of the then current (or maybe a former) Contingent Commander or his wife - it was an accompanied tour for him) whose normal AO was the Officer's Mess.  The other was "Squeaky", the SMO's cat.

I (like every other member of the Health Support Unit, save one or two) disliked Squeaky immensely.  It wasn't because I hated cats as a species or even because Squeaky's demeanor made her unlikeable - the greatest objection we had to the cat was that the SMO (a female LCol with pilot wings, those of the era will know who) required us to feed and otherwise care for the animal.  The care of that particular cat even extended on one occasion to requesting the other MO (a Maj who had been a veterinarian before going to human medical school) to see to her birth control.  Since we were not established nor equipped to perform animal surgery (let alone major human surgery) our ex-vet initially tried concocting a BCP for the animal.  During examination of the cat to determine if it was safe to administer the improvised pharmaceutical, it was discovered the cat was pregnant.  She was allowed to keep only one of her litter.

The control of the feral cat population was delegated to the RPs (the D&S Pl - a mix of regular and reserve combat arms types).  After a few incidents in which RPs used their SMGs to take down cats they found at large, a few, high quality, high-powered pellet pistols were bought in Germany for their cat patrols.  It cut down on hearing gunfire at odd hours during the night.

The member of the HSU who hated Squeaky the most was a Sgt Med A (he wasn't particularly fond of the SMO either).  He had been specifically told by the Sgt Maj to leave the cat alone, but on the evening before he repatted, he called the ward (I was on duty) and asked if Squeaky was in the hospital. I told him it was and he said he would be right over.  I didn't have a good feeling.  He arrived a several minutes later, having obviously well enjoyed his Masalaam (goodbye) party at the mess.  With an exclamation of "there's the ******* cat", he pulled one of the RP's pellet pistols from under his shirt and starting firing.  Luckily, he was not much of a marksman and the only victims of his shooting spree were a few lights and windows.  Squeaky, however, did stay away from the hospital for a week or so.
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Re: Military Mascots (Real and Anthropomorphised) - a split thread
« Reply #53 on: January 18, 2016, 17:55:59 »
When I was in Croatia, I got my air pistol in to deal with the cats as well - they were getting into the garbage and to be honest, the rats there were bigger and fitter than the cats were for the most part.  I'd sit up in my quarters at night with my Maglight, scan the dump until the little blue glow backs flared and fired.  I had originally done it at a more terrestrial level, but almost got lit up by the roving patrol, despite me letting them know I was out on a walkabout.  This all came about because a certain battalion that we relieved (from a base of amphibious ancestry) had taken all of the shotgun ammo (and pretty much anything else that wasn't nailed down) and we couldn't get any in for pest control. 

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Re: Military Mascots (Real and Anthropomorphised) - a split thread
« Reply #54 on: January 18, 2016, 18:42:24 »
I don't always agree with you, Pusser, but you're spot on.  Especially # 3.  Sonar, the mascot makes me gag.
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Re: Military Mascots (Real and Anthropomorphised) - a split thread
« Reply #55 on: January 18, 2016, 19:01:47 »
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This is what happens when you allow soft headed individuals to lead your organizations. Stupid ideas permeate at the highest levels and filter down.....

Not a mascot per se but back in the day we had the confederate flag and a version of yosemite sam
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Re: Military Mascots (Real and Anthropomorphised) - a split thread
« Reply #56 on: January 18, 2016, 21:29:25 »
Thinking of a remuster?

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Re: Military Mascots (Real and Anthropomorphised) - a split thread
« Reply #57 on: January 19, 2016, 06:03:46 »
I too agree with Pusser on this one.

As for his point number 4, I intentionally misspelled the first word in the name because, it is the software for this site that automatically puts the *** to fill the here unspeakable word with which there is nothing wrong. As these fora attract non-navy types, I wanted to let them be able to figure out exactly which word we were talking about, hence the "caulk" for the short form of cockerel.

I did not realize the software did that.  My apologies for my indignation  ;D.  I will try ERC's reccommended solution.
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Re: Military Mascots (Real and Anthropomorphised) - a split thread
« Reply #58 on: May 12, 2019, 15:01:47 »
Apologies for resurrecting a dormant thread but I noticed this in a Youtube video and it seem the appropriate thread.

https://youtu.be/GdZS4vnhIso?t=483  Note the soldier in the hi-vis vest; they could at least have given him an e-tool or gloves.
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