Gives new meaning to buck privates?

November 15, 2010

naked troops 490

Blog Guy, I know you’re an expert on military tactics and strategies. What do you think is the most effective fighting force in the world today?

That would be China’s feared Commando-Style Commandos.

I’ve never heard of them. Are they lean and mean?

naked campfires 320No, more like lewd and nude. They operate stark-naked, creating diversions to help the regular troops.

They sneak up on the enemy, then jump up and down, naked and screaming. Their chief weapons are disbelief and revulsion.

Look here, you can see them in training, waddling silently to encircle the enemy, huddled around campfires on maneuvers…

Where do they get guys for this unit?

You’ve heard of raw recruits?

naked standing 320What are they doing in this photo on the left?

Practicing surrender. Once your big surprise is over, you want to give up pretty damned fast.

And these commandos have proven successful in combat?

They sure have. I mean, not nearly as successful as the women’s unit, but still….


Join the Oddly Enough blog network

Follow this blog on Twitter at rbasler

Youths squat near heaters to keep warm before a medical examination for enlistment in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Suining, Sichuan province, China, November 10, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

Youths undergo a medical examination for enlistment in the PLA, November 10, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

More stuff from Oddly Enough

17 comments

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/

BG, you have outshone yourself…you know, like the moon? :D

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by robert basler and Oddly Enough, eBusiness BPO Inc.. eBusiness BPO Inc. said: Gives new meaning to buck privates? http://bit.ly/b7PKFC [...]

Alas, the top photo reminded me of an M.C. Escher print and I thought the men would have morphed into something else by the second photo. You know, standing up with uniforms. Or maybe lizards…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

All,

I’m going to be taking a sabbatical. I have many, many new responsibilities at work, which has been very stressful and depressing.

I haven’t felt very funny or clever lately. I’ve struggled to be upbeat, and I think it has shown. Comments have been so forced. Also, when I’m exhausted, as now, I become (I’m told) intense and ruthless, even vicious. So, I think a break is in order. My apologies if I’ve hurt anyone’s feelings.

R.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

I’m just glad no one walked by my office and saw these pics on my monitor. Have to keep the macho, hetero image going, you know.

Posted by T54 | Report as abusive

Thanks, Doc. Take care, and come back whenever you’re ready…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

And here I always thought that buck privates were something found on deer…

@Onedoor – Is there a difference?

@Doc – I’d recommend you prescribe yourself some medi-donuts, PRN.

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

I am just hoping that doctor has not seen “Human Centipede” or those dudes are in for a very rude surprise. If he asks “Who wants to be the B?” no one answer!

@Doc, you take care of yourself! We will keep the bench warm for ya. :)

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Spin’s pretty much hogged the haiku market so I’d like to weigh in with this abbreviated sonnet, “Lala’s Lament”.

Dr. Doll, you threaten to go?
Tell us all that it ain’t so.
You’re a witty dude;
You’ve NEVER been crude!
Rest up and rejoin the show.

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive

Doc: it’s still beautiful out there. Hold on to that.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Doc – all the best, your wit and insight will be sorely missed. I understand where you are at, and for me I have found the small(ish) amount of silliness I add to this conversation most days, helps lighten the load a little.

You best be calling in from time to time, otherwise that knock on your door may be Lamar. Or possibly the U of W Alumni Association.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

They are sitting in front of heaters to keep warm meaning the rest of the room is cold. Does purposely invoking shrinkage have any medical relevance?

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

All the best in whatever you are doing, Doc!

Do I sense more budding poets?
Haiku and sonnets?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Or it could even be Mr.B himself…
Though he still maintains that meeting OE bloggers is no less a sign of the Apocalypse than some dimwit nutter buying Madoff’s skivvies…

still cant get my head around the fact that someone actually bought his skivvies…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Three cheers for Doctor Doll!! Never say goodbye, just, “See you later!”

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

Thank you all so much.

I’ve decided that I’m taking some time off next month to go hiking. I think I just need some time off, some time alone. So, Unca, I’ve dug out my old ALICE pack and artic mickey mouse boots and magnesium fire starter. I’m all aquiver….

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Doc amongst all that Unca just told you to bring along you musn’t forget the Cherry flavored Pez. That is the one element of your excursion that is most important.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

My itinerary:

A cabin and day hikes in the Hocking Valley: http://www.thehockinghills.org/hiking.ht m

An overnight hike on the Zaleski Backpack Trail:http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Portals  /18/forests/pdf/ZaleskiBackpackBrochure _7.pdf

A three nighter in the Red River Gorge: http://www.redrivergorge.org/

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive