i know this school has been closed for some time now, but i was wondering what kinda stories/ training experiences anyone here might have had? thanks in advance
I went twice. January 1975 and January 1977. I had a blast both times.
The first time, I was a Cherry in my unit. We'd just done two weeks at Ft Bliss. Got back to Ft Bragg on a Saturday, we were in Panama on Sunday. Spent the very first night n the jungle.
I had a blast, it was a great, two week, school run by SF.
The second time, I was Company Operations Sgt. I went down two weeks before the unit on advance party. We were supposed to be the first Battalion size unit to attend JOTC since WWII. So, we had to assemble bunks and get everything arranged. Signature cards etc....
You think it might have been a coincidence that we were there, along with a Ranger Battalion, when President Carter was inuagarated? He'd made turning the canal over to the Panamanians a campaign issue.
Anyhow, it was 13 degrees and sleeting at Ft Bragg when we left. We changed uniforms on the runway at Howard AFB.
I didn't spend a single night in the boonies on the second trip. Most days I was up well before oh dark thoirty and flew to the Pacific side to pick up C-rats and ammo. Spent the rest of the morning breaking it down and getting it to the platoons in the field. Once I was done, I'd hit the beach almost everyday..
The course was 4 weeks and run by the Infantry Brigade in Panama. It sucked compared to the course run by SF. Almost every instructor started their class, "I may not be Airborne, but I know more about the Jungle than you do."
It seemed they were trying to run it almost with a Basic Training atmosphere.
Gary Gilmore was executed while I was in Panama. First execution in the US since '63(?)
The Blizzard of '77 hit the East Coast. Buffalo NY was buried under 20 foot drifts. Troops from Ft Bragg were sent to help dig them out. A bunch of us were at Devil's Beach when that came on the radio. We toasted the guys with our beers.
Question about this y did they cancel the course? I mean I know that we're at war in the middle east, but what if we were to go to war and have to be in the jungle. I don't see where it could hurt it would help if anything hell i'd like to go to Panama
We turned the Canal AND Canal Zone over to the Panamanians in 1999.
thats a good post on the school. my old platoon sergeant went there, and before i found out it was closed, i had always wanted to go there. you would think they might open something up in central or south america again, but whatever.
In the 101st, late 80's, all we trained for was Jungle Warfare. Ocassional MOUT.
Stay in long enough and you'll train in and for all climates.
Went twice as well, once in the wet and once in the dry season. Had a great time. Gumby, I remember that year in 77, that you were down there, we 1/505th, were on an FTX. Probably the coldest time that I was ever in the field. After the choppers kicked us out, the LZ was full of 6 feet high baby pines so we had to jump out with full gear, RTO broke his ankle. About 5 or more miles from the DZ, we walked to the DZ after getting a little sweaty. As you know we never use sleeping bags, but we had poncho’s to keep the wind off just a little, and digging a little 6 inch body length trench. We had about 4 guys medivaced in because of hypothermia. We spent most of the night until well after the sun came up, in a perimeter around one of the drop zones, with the wind kicking, we heard the temp was about -5 degree wind chill factor. As you also know, what cold weather gear.
How ya doing Darrel?
We always had our ARTEP in Mar or Apr.
Many nights I spent with 3-4 other guys huddled under our Woobies to try to stay warm. Put a poncho on the ground, put down a couple Woobies. Put a couple more Woobies over you and get real close.
i went in 1989 and also 91/93 and it sucked killer.i was later station at ft kobbe in 95/96 and loved it because we supported the mission there.lz in did our mission and pz out in a couple of hours."great grunt work" drinking beers by 1300 hrs baby !!!!!!!!!! airborne
I'm not sure if the Army has a different Jungle warfare school (since Panama was closed) but the Marines have one in Okinawa.
betio, I feel like I should tell you to go **** yourself. Not that I want to, but I know that's what I'd get from some people over on the USMC boards. I'm just trying to keep the cosmos alligned.
went thru in Feb/March 1985. enjoyed most of it except the long range land nav. I was with an E-5 who led us on that one and he was pretty famous for being a non land navin' SOB. We were out in the jungle for 17 hours, they had to send out some of the cadre to try to find us. They found us walking down a rock road heading back to the barracks. We were also a no go on it. They said we would have to do it over. But we never did have to. The 24 hours off and in Panama City were a bunch of fun
I was in Panama twice, 1978-1981 and five months later came back 1981 to 1984, for a total of six years.
During that period of time, my unit did the JOTC every year; and every month we were the OPFOR for them too.
I can tell you lots of stories about the Jungle School, but I already posted the juicy ones here in Military.com few months back.
The JOTC (aka JOWTC), that was located in the Fort Sherman area, is now called Parque Nacional San Lorenzo (National Park San Lorenzo).
The Marines have a Jungle Warfare School in Okinawa, and I believe many Army units had been there for training.
Your welcomed over my threads anytime I don't care what anybody says especially if I'm posting the subject.
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Went twice....once in 1989 and once again in 1992.
Training the second time around was much better IMHO.
Well you can be my wingman anytime.
I went there in 87. Even though we were wet 99% of the time, I still really liked the place.
Even though the place seemed like a vacation spot to me, I remember the instructors tried to have a horror story for everything they mentioned.
I also like the Jungle Expert Certificate with the big green snakes.
I remember that during orientation week, on my first visit, we ate monkey meat and snake. The monkey tasted like roast beef the snake tasted like chicken. I got pictures of the monkey's skeleton. Had a great time.
We spent a day in Colon and there were guys selling meat on sticks from little portable grills on the street corners. My buddy was hungry and bought some. He tasted it and asked
"This isn't too bad...but what kind of meat is this?"
The guy said "Beef"
My buddy said with a smile "No I don't think this is beef."
The guy raised his eybrows and the pitch of his voice and said shyly "Chicken?"
Although I'm not sure, I think most of them were selling Iguana meat.
I remember eating the same stuff in Colon, a bunch of us. We were told that it was dog meat. Hey, after eating monkey meat, the dog wasn't half bad.
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