Published on November 21, 2005 By greywar In Politics

    It was my first day in Voice Operations Branch (VOB) and I was slowly adjusting to the realization that I would be spending this whole year in the company of drunks, whoremongers, and other assorted losers.

    My first day was spent proving that I could turn this :

into something machine readable like this:

CTM KDN MEF FEF GE VEM LAE KUF GE VDV FE FHV LSK KH ME KDM GAL KD VA LA ME KHM KDV FD LLUV BBEU LE KUGG BE.

 

(I assure you that the two lines are basically the same thing...)

 

While I was engaged in the transcription of several pages of training material like the lines above a man came to sit beside me. It was around 21:00 (9 pm. for the civvies) and he was in jeans, a white t-shirt (stained and torn), with long hair and about 3 days of beard growth. He plopped down in the position next to me, seized a receiver for the Tracechain system and started scrolling through the frequency range (no, I won't be telling you what that range is... my hypocrisy has it limits!)

 

     "Busy night?" he asked...

 

     "No Sir, (I assumed he was a civilian contractor) I have just been transcribing these BOT (Basic Operator Training) paragraphs intyo SKATS (Standard Korean Alphabetic Tranliteraltion System)..."

 

     "Really? Let me see that... hmmmm.. You look like you have this down... go to xx.xx Mhx... (There was a real freq number there)" and tell me what is going on right now..."

 

(I tune to the frequency and listen for a minute or two...)

 

     "Sounds like Radio Operator Proficiency Training for XXXXX. to me..." - Greywar

 

   "You sure it isn't a live xxxx?" - Unknown

 

   "Naw, it is way too fast and they aren't excited..." - Greywar

 

   "Fuckin A... SSG Henpecked, Grey is done with BOT, put him on rack now!" - The guy....

 

   "Roger that Mr. Junkman! Grey, start with freq xx.xx and roll up to xx.xx! Now!" - SSG Henpecked (My trick chief (a "trick" is something like a squad in units that used to be associated with the ASA (Army Security Agency))

   

   It turns out that that the unkempt man next to me on my fist day was the Warrant Officer in charge of VOB and he was impressed! Sadly, my streak of impressiveness largely stopped there.... VOB was a meritocracy for the most part and while I was pretty good for a 1s year 98G I was among many other talented youths (much like my school career really...) I was not able to really stand out amongst the likes of Scott Sturycz, Jeff Sontag, Robert Pigeon, Geoff Bratton, Alvey Pratt, Kevin Stanley, and Steven Coughlin.

  

   I "grew up" in the SIGINT community thinking that their level of performance was the norm expected of intelligence collectors and analysts and never thought I was was any better than that norm... until I PCS'd (Permanent Change of Station) to Ft. Meade, Maryland to work for the NSA (National Security Agency (or No Such Agency))...

 

   My eyes were opened for the first time and what they saw shocked me to the core...

 

(To be continued) 

 

 

 

 

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*Updated to correct a few spelling errors.. thats what I get for typing it into JU's editor instead of Word....


Comments (Page 1)
on Nov 21, 2005
Very interesting read. I'm looking forward to part 2.
on Nov 21, 2005
I'm looking forward to part 2.
I hope I can keep my train of thought connected enough to write it tomorrow...
on Nov 21, 2005
Your Korean is just a picture file. I can't cut and paste. Anyways...

CTM KDN


Should read CT KDM. I grade this stuff every day now and I couldn't help myself here. HAHA! I'm a jerk, I know.
on Nov 21, 2005
Bwaha! Owned by Chiprj!!!
Mr. J used to get trashed and screw with the old woman on the corner in perfect rude korean when she was offering high school girls to passerbys. Cracked me up. J.S. is here now.
And Alvie the dancer, i remember him trying to start a brawl at Duffies that got some cav dude rammed headfirst into a brick wall by my Squad leader. Woo! Don't mess with the MI, we used to stick together in the day.
on Nov 21, 2005
Interesting... and sadly typical of what (all too often) it means to excell in the military... namely, just be better than mediocre. ;~D

My original enlistment contract was for 98G. "How I didn't Become" one was... I made the mistake of bringing my family out to the Presidio... Family + Financial Problems + Mediocre Study Habits = Rocked out of German and Reclassed as Rigger. ;~D
on Nov 21, 2005

HAHA! I'm a jerk, I know.

yeah I see that now.. I did that unconsciously since I say CTM KDF when I speak... and fuck you

on Nov 21, 2005
Better kick out part II pretty quick... I can't stand the suspense!

Dan
on Nov 21, 2005
Rocked out of German


That's alright, you'd have had to relearn a different language soon enough (if my timeline is correct in my head). One of my instructors at AIT, where we do the military specific stuff after DLI, had been a Telephone Operator/Line Layer, then a German linguist, then a Czech linguist, then an Arabic linguist... I think there are maybe three German linguists active Army right now, maybe less.


Grey: It's good to see/hear more about your early days. Miss you, bud.
on Nov 21, 2005
Grey- Thanks for the shout out. I'm still pretty sure that you're listening skills and Order of Battle knowledge outweighed mine by a factor of 2 or 3. I definitely enjoyed the mission, and tried to do good work, but there were many guys better than I ever was. I can't wait to read part II... since I never really served anywhere else, my concept of normal operations is the level of work we did back then. I'm interested to see what you found along the way at other duty stations....
on Nov 21, 2005
and fuck you


let's see, the verb on that is GGUW BE, but how to make it self applicable imperative.........sigh, this is exactly why I started substituting the phrase KSG MTL KT.
on Nov 21, 2005
I love these kind of blogs.
Can't wait for part 2
on Nov 22, 2005
let's see, the verb on that is GGUW BE, but how to make it self applicable imperative.........sigh, this is exactly why I started substituting the phrase KSG MTL KT.


That's officially the most esoteric joke I've ever heard.

Dan
on Nov 22, 2005
let's see, the verb on that is GGUW BE, but how to make it self applicable imperative.........sigh, this is exactly why I started substituting the phrase KSG MTL KT.


I don't remember my SKATS well enough to read that without help. Thanks.

That's officially the most esoteric joke I've ever heard.


Yep, that is the insidest of inside jokes.
on Nov 22, 2005
That's officially the most esoteric joke I've ever heard.


It's a simple romanized alphabetic substitution. Phonetically, GGUB BE = ship da, "to f--k". Whereas KSV MTL KT is Seoul slang with a highly informal (and therefore rude) verb ending. Phonetically it's yot mogo. Meaning "Go eat white sorghum candy." Delectable white sorghum candy is clearly a substitue for.....sorghum candy.

I should think that this sort of statement would be obvious to even the most casual of bystanders, the kind of thing you could here at your local walmart, or walking down the street to a 7-11. Esoteric indeed. Ha! Ha I say!
on Nov 22, 2005
That's alright, you'd have had to relearn a different language soon enough (if my timeline is correct in my head). One of my instructors at AIT, where we do the military specific stuff after DLI, had been a Telephone Operator/Line Layer, then a German linguist, then a Czech linguist, then an Arabic linguist... I think there are maybe three German linguists active Army right now, maybe less.


True, plus I heard that somewhere in the Mid 90s they reclassed all the colorblind intel MOS holders also... wouldn't have lasted long in Intel either way. ;~D

What I really wanted was just to go back to Commo, but some reg somewhere says that if you go through AIT while in the National Guard, your MOS doesn't count. Strange, I don't remember being seperated from the RA troops in 31C school at Ft Gordon! ;~D
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